Dear Family and Friends,
As you are reading this letter, we are celebrating the first twelve months of the best life ever as man and wife. On April 12th, 2008, we left behind our lives as single adults and began our journey together as one.
Throughout the beginning pages of our marriage, we have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to travel to many fantastic places including:
- A very memorable honeymoon in Rome, Italy
- A trip to Colorado to the very spot where Marshall proposed
- And multiple visits with family in North Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas and Michigan
(For all you trivia fans that is roughly 70,000 miles via car, plane and train!)
Beyond the physical miles that our marriage has already experienced, we have had a blast traveling the road towards intimacy better known as the “getting to know my new roommate-for-life” chapter. It has been fun embracing all the quirky things we both do.
Marshall: “So tell me again why your shoes, purse, and earrrings all have to match?”
Patty: “Why would anyone hold onto socks that have holes in them?”
Marshall: “I thought you mopped when you moved into a place and then again when you moved out.”
Patty: “What do you mean you need space? Don’t you want to be with me?”(in tears)
Beyond the humorous, we are continuing to learn how to grow together as Christ-followers and realizing the importance of having deep roots in our marriage. We found a great church that we have attended weekly and just finished a marriage enrichment class that was phenomenal. We also discovered early on how important it is to continue to date. So every week we’ve set aside a night for dating. It’s really fun. Sometimes there’s flowers and a nice dinner. Other times games and a trip to Starbucks is on the agenda. Regardless of the content, the time spent together building our relationship has been so rewarding.
We are about to make a move to Texas which is very exciting. Actually, we will celebrate our anniversary amidst moving boxes, but the anticipation of a new adventure allows us to overlook the odor of cardboard. Marshall is taking a job working again with Pepsi but there will be no travel required for which we are thankful.
For those of you who are wondering: no babies yet. We’d really like to take another year to fully focus on each other before adding the blessing of a little one into our lives. But don’t worry. We do want kids…probably three.
If you were able to attend our actual marriage ceremony, you may recall that we asked you to commit to pray for us. I am sure that you are aware of the reality that there is a violent attack against the family taking place all around and that marriages are suffering severely as a result. In December of last year, we ran into a young man who had married six months before us. We small talked and gushed about our excitement of being married and how the time was just flying. Our gaiety was quickly sobered as we discovered that his own marriage had dissolved on what would have been its one year anniversary. We were crushed and although divorce has never been a thought in our minds we recommitted to each other:
Our marriage is for keeps and we choose to grow older together regardless of what challenges may come our way.
With such a fervent desire, we ask that you continue to pray for our marriage. We look back on this past year as some of the greatest times in our lives and love each other more today than the day we spoke our vows in ernest. We look forward to many, many, many, many more years to come and we thank you for your part in our story!
Embracing the Journey,
Marshall & Patty Parker
AKA the Newlyweds for Life
PS. Come see our journey at www.newlyweds4life.com .