This was the biggest day of my life. I can't explain the things that were going through my head in this moment, but I remember vividly how I felt. Although I was a nervous wreck, I knew that everything I have gone through in life had not only prepared me for that day, but also the coming union. When we first began our relationship, infatuation blinded our eyes from seeing the broken people we both were. After years of pursuit, the infatuation wore off and I began to see just how flawed we were. I had second thoughts because the butterflies went away, the cliché "relationship goal" gestures were normalized, and all I was left with was a raw, vulnerable person who still loved me despite my shortcomings. But that's all I needed. There's a time for shallow love and infatuation in the beginning, but the real beauty in a relationship comes from growing through storms. And you were there for mine. You were made for me. I am so blessed to be married to someone who sees past what I am, and is willing to help me become the man that God is leading me to be. There are no shortcuts to a love like ours, and I love it. Just patience, fervent prayer, and a whole lot of Jesus at the center. Kyrah, thank you for signing up to do life with me. One day we'll stand blameless at God's Throne together, admiring the people God helped us become through this marriage. You were worth the wait.