Thursday, January 13, 2011

15 years of bliss

Excuse the "mushiness" and length of this post, but it has to be written :-).

Fifteen years ago today, my happily ever after began when I married this godly, amazing man. He is truly my best friend and confidant, my #1 supporter and protector, the father of my beautiful children and the love of my life. Our love story is a true testimony of God's goodness and grace.

Back in college, I never thought I would get married. I thought my standards were too high that I would never find a man I would want and I didn't want to settle for anyone less. And I thought if I were to find a man like my ideal, he wouldn't want to marry me with all my faults. Well, the first time I met Kris, I knew he was the type I would marry. He is smart, handsome, dignified and silly at the same time (he had to be being a youth ministry intern). Little did I know that 2 years later, he would be the man I would marry and my life adventure began.
He is wonderful in big ways.
  • He loves me in spite of my faults.
  • He encourages me when I need lifting up. Nobody can make me laugh better than he does.
  • He works hard to provide for his family, so I don't have to work outside the home.
  • He leads his family in a God-honoring way. He leads by serving.
  • He instructs his girls God's Word.
  • He treats me and the girls the way ladies should be treated, like back when chivalry was the norm.
  • He publicly expresses his affection to me and the girls.
  • He treasures God's Word and thankful that he gets to study and teach it for a living.
I also want to point out the little things he does that make him wonderful:
  • During the cold winter months, he will lay down on my side of the bed first so it's warm by the time I get there.
  • He will make sure we have enough necessities (you can't have too many spares of toilet papers in a house full of girls) before he goes out of town for work.
  • When he travels to the US, He will leave his stuff there so he can squeeze in more stamping supplies for me and more princess goodies for the girls.
  • He is not afraid to cry, even when watching touching movies.
  • He will sit through Princess movies to spend time with the girls.
  • He will listen and gets really involved with my stamping adventures.
I can go on and on, but you get the picture. Kris loves me unconditionally, just as the Bible commands husbands to love their wives. I love 1 Corinthians 13, which is called the Love chapter in the Bible and Kris has exemplified the love traits listed there.

So when Laura, owner of Layers of Color and who also took the photo above, approached me to create a sentiment/text set with this I Cor 13 in mind, I was very excited. And how special that I get to preview it for you on our wedding anniversary. My card below uses The Love Chapter clear art stamp set (avail Jan 17). I used my hubby's favorite colors because this card is for him.

Love

Don't forget to join us for the Layers of Color New Release Blog Hop on Monday where there will be prizes and lots of inspiration. The new stamps will also be available for purchase then. I hope you can join us.
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35 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary, Nina! Loved your post! Wonderful photo of the two of you together! And congratulations on your new stamp sets and Spellbinders dies! What an exciting week!

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  2. Happy Anniversary Nina and Kris! What a fabulous testimony - you are such a blessing!! I love your card - you can feel (and see) the LOVE!! Gorgeous set Nina - I love the bacgrousnscript as well - you have outdone yourself! Thank you foir sharing your gift with us! Happy Anniaversary!! {{{hugs}}}

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  3. happy anniversary!!!

    Your hubby is definitely a keeper...

    your card is gorgeous!!!!

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  4. Happy anniversary Nina! What a touching post! Here's to another 50+ years of happily ever after.

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  5. Congratulations on your fifteenth anniversary! Your DH sounds like a wonderful person. You are both so blessed! Have a beautiful day together! Your card is simply a stunner! Can't wait to see the new releases on Monday! Hugs...

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  6. BIG Congratulations to you and your sweet husband Nina! Thank you for sharing your story! God is so good!...Nancy :o)
    Oh...beautiful card too! lol

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  7. Čestitamo!!! ... a ja sam baš danas morala gnjaviti šefa :)

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  8. Happy Anniversary! What a sweet lovestory--thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. Nina,
    Congratulations on 15 years. What a wonderful gift that God has given you. May you fall in love more and more each day.
    Happy Anniversary.
    Gale
    gale.sewell@indwes dot com

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  10. Knowing that you're married to the man that God intended for you is such a wonderful feeling, isn't it? :) Congratulations on your 15 years of marriage Nina!

    Love the card too :)

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  11. Happy Anniversary!! This is a BEAUTIFUL story and testament of God's unfailing grace and faithfulness! I too was like you in college, thinking that a Godly husband wasn't out there for me. Boy, was I amazed when God brought me my husband. He is the most incredible gift in my life, and he displays God's generous and loving nature towards his children! PTL for men who are examples to future young women of God (like your daughters) of our Heavenly father's love for them

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  12. Praise God for you beautiful testimony--tfs. Happy Anniversary and I pray that you have many more together to His Glory! Oh yeah, beautiful card too ;-)!

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  13. so sweet - lovely card!
    Happy Anniversary!
    Sandra ltb

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  14. Happy Anniversary to you both! What a beautiful card to go with such a beautiful love story.

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  15. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS card! LOVE this entire post--HAPPY anniversary! God is good--many blessings to your family! May God continue to help you grow closer to each other and to Him!

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  16. Aw, Nina...the sweetest post...for a beautiful marriage created by God! Happy Anniversary Nina and Kris!! Love and hugs to you both!

    This card is perfection!! It will be the sample on the back of The Love Chapter art stamp set packaging as wonderful inspiration to all who own this superb stamp set that you designed! I praise the Lord for sharing your talents with us, Nina!

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  17. Happy Anniversary Nina. How wonderful to be married to your Knight in Shining Armor. He sounds like a very loving father and husband.
    This card is so sweet. I am sure he loves it. :)

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  18. Happy Anniversary! Love that you created this set and will excited to purchase it! Your husband will be delighted to receive your beautiful card!

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  19. happy anniversary, nina!! love the card, and the post is beautifully written:) he'll love the card and post!

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  20. Such sweet mushiness, too. It's great to be married to your best friend, and a Godly one, too!
    :-}pokey

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  21. Beautiful post, beautiful photo of a beautiful couple and a beautiful card! Happy Anniversary to you and Kris!

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  22. Loved your whole blog post and the card is amazing - I am so looking forward to the release!!
    Blessings to you all
    Maxine

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  23. Happy Anniversary!!! Beautiful card!! Yours is a Beautiful Love Story!!!!

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  24. A really lovely post! Wishing you a very happy anniversary! Really pretty card.

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  25. Awwwwwww...Happy Anniversary!!! How precious!!

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  26. Happy Anniversary to you both! Loved your story.

    Your card is so pretty. Thank you for sharing! :o)

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  27. What a beautiful post Nina...you have me all teary eyed at the goodness of God. I pray you had a wonderful anniversary and praise Him for bringing you together. He leads and directs as we wait upon Him. Your card design is just gorgeous and love this stamp set. Blessings to you and maybe (just maybe) you can bring back some of Kris' items when you return from CHA :o)

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  28. congratulations on your anniversary! thanks for sharing your story. gorgeous card, too! =)

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  29. Happy Anniversary Nina & Kris. Thanks for sharing your story. It is one that is rare these days. I too am blessed to have met and married the love of my life.
    Beautiful card. Love your new stamp. Can't wait to see the rest of the new releases tomorrow. Hugs,
    Marcie

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  30. What a beautiful post Nina! Happy belated Anniversary to you and your wonderful husband. Wishing you many, many more years of happiness!
    Of course, your card is gorgeous as always!

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  31. Happy (belated) Anniversary, and many more! Yours is a wonderful love story. God bless you, your husband and your daughters!
    BTW! Your card is a "showstopper! It is fabulous!
    I found my way here by way of Moxie Fab, and I'm so glad I did!

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  32. Nina...what a truly loving tribute to your sweet husband. It brought a smile and tears to my eyes at the same time. God bless you sweet girl!

    Your card is gorgeous! hugs!

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  33. Wow, OMGosh! This card blows me away! Nina, this card is gorgeous, I love, love, love the way you chose to color the word, I love the colors you chose for that! I love the placement of everything on this card and I just love the layout to death. Your red is soooo vibrant and I love the subtle touch of green in there!!! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Bethann
    pawwpadd-caseyspitterpatterchatter.blogspot.com

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  34. Happy Anniversary! I enjoyed you sharing your wonderful caring message about your relationship...so special! May God bless you with many more years of happiness together! And, I love your bold colorlful card, take care! Happy New Year to you and family!

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