It seems rather fitting that a token of my first wedding anniversary, the so-called ‘paper’ anniversary go down on newspaper--afterall, the first wedding anniversary gift is traditionally paper, and my first year of marriage is also nearly the exact amount of time I have been enjoying writing for the Greene County Daily World.
According to the also fitting paperanniversary.com, the tradition dates back to the Victorian era, a time when I can assume things were simpler and paper may have been a bit more hard to come by than in these days.
The website states there is no exact reason as to why, but the symbolism which accompanies the age-old tradtion is rather obvious.
To me, and for many others, blank paper represents a new beginning, potential--a place for you to write your own new story together.
And telling stories is my FAVORITE. True ones, mainly. I’ve heard it is the innate nature of an artist to desire to tell the truth.
So in all truthfulness, my first year of marriage has gone absolutely nothing like I expected. I knew from the moment I realized maybe I did actually want to get married (only when I met Cory), that the only way it was going to work was if we had a little more on our side than puppy love.
I knew if this was something I wanted to last forever, I couldn’t expect it to fall into place quickly, and I really couldn’t go into it without some solid faith.
Wedding anniverary gifts get more ‘luxurious’ with each passing year, also meant to symbolize ‘modest beginnings and the growth of a marriage.’
I feel so thankful that my husband and I decided to put God at the center of our marriage. One of my favorite wedding photos isn’t probably what most people would expect, it’s not the artsy portrait type of shots I love when photographing a wedding myself.
Instead, my good friend and fellow-photographer captured our first kiss as husband and wife at the altar, with my favorite portrayal of Jesus hanging above us in the backgroud of our church, as though he is literally at the top of our ‘cord of three stands.’
Ecclesiastes 4:12 tells us, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
This passage illustrates ‘the importance of Christian companionship,’ and how two Christians who are also bound together in Christ are stronger than the individuials on their own.
I’m so comforted when I am reminded of the strength our marriage has based on Christ.
I was one of those young girls who thought I would die an old maid--I sort of rejected the ideas.
Though, once I found someone who shared my outlook and was willing to take this journey of faith beside me, it didn’t seem so scary anymore. In fact, I welcomed the idea.
My husband and I were baptized together about six months after marriage, and not a day goes by where I don’t both pray for and thank God for my marriage--both are essential.
So many marriages fail, my own parents were divorced when I was 10. I definitely didn't want that happening to me and my own, and I knew I wanted to set us up so we could do anything to avoid that fate.
We’re far from perfect, we’ve both made mistakes. But, I know we both have a further vision for our futures than here on earth, and I don’t worry.
God knew I couldn’t do this on my own, he knew who was meant to be beside me for the pages we will write together, however long they get to be.
Kelly is a Staff Writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487, or she can also be reached via email at kslavenGCDW@outlook.com.