Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Celebrating 15 Years


15 years ago today I was not clever enough to know that marrying you was going to be the best decision I've ever made.  I was 19.  Young.  Dumb.  With gorgeous legs and a soul full of dysfunction.


15 years of laughing, mocking, hugging, waking up next to you, hurting you, being hurt by you, babies being born, seeing the good parts and the awful, shameful parts...there were times when I didn't think we'd make it and times when I would not have made it without you by my side.
 


You're not perfect.  Neither am I.  How can something be healthy and strong when the main ingredients are broken and frail?  Maybe that's why this seems so miraculous.

We have our feisty sides and our selfish sides.  This thing we've had going here is like a masterfully written composition...happiness...sadness...pain so deep and far reaching...yet beauty and redemption woven into every measure.


15 years ago today I was not clever enough to know that marrying you was going to be the best decision I've ever made.  Thankfully someone was.  To Him be all the glory forever and ever amen.

 







My legs have changed (that sucks), but my answer would have still been "yes" if I was reliving this day 15 years ago.  I love you, Aaron.  Thankful for every moment...every memory.

Now let's mock all of those old pictures above.  Ready, set, go.  Give me laughter, people.  It's my favorite gift.

30 comments:

Ryan said...

How in the heck have I not seen these wedding photos before?!?!?! I feel like I don't even know you guys. I just want Aaron to grow his hair back out and you to put that dress back on and let's have another shot at these... it could be fun!

Aaron Hendrick said...

Ryan ... we were just talking about how lame our wedding pics were compared to the ones that you take. We definitely need a redo.

keight dukes said...

happy 15! what an accomplishment. yay for jesus knowing what he's doing. ok now, let's get to it:
1-so cool that tara livesay was your flower girl!
2-i love the micro miniskirt bridesmaids dresses. living on the edge, yet keeping it demure by adding pantyhose. outdoors no less!
3-those shoes. how could you?
4-your hubby's hair. those golden arches are sublime. and are those shaved sides i see under the eaves? classic!
5-the PVC pipe heartform...adore! pease tell me the flowers are fake.
at least you have 15 years to blame on the decisions. i have some hideous pics from my wedding that was not even 5 years ago. cant really blame it on 2006 style. it was all me. p.s. you look exactly the same.

T & T Livesay said...

You and your entire wedding party seems Oz-sized ... if there was a soundtrack to this post I'd be expecting to hear Munchkins singing something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_CAs3q7G48

Staring at these photos all day. I've got nothing else planned.

Hendrick Family said...

Ha! Laughed out loud about the Tara flower girl thing. Hilar.

T & T Livesay said...

Also - Please tell me that Lydia can wear that veil when she and Hudson make things official. That thing is legit.

Hendrick Family said...

I know! It's like a ballerina is sitting on my head.

I still have it. Don't you worry.

belinda_fikes said...

You guys finally look old enough to be married. At least the whole church isnt laughing like they did the time Aaron posted the wedding pictures of you guys, the Henry's and Darrel and I. Well on second thought I guess now the whole world is getting a snicker but at least the Henrys and Fikes aren't in the picture. LOL love you guys

Claire Elise said...

Heather! I think that your flowers are going to eat you!!!!

Oh my...those pictures made me laugh on a morning when I need laughter!!! Thank you, thank you, for marrying Aaron 15 years ago! I have been blessed by you two and your boys tremendously!

Love you!

Diana said...

I love the photos! Your hubby looks way too young to be getting married, though. A very, very happy anniversary to you!
I love your bouquets.

Future WR'er said...

Oh my goodness! So young! Wow! Glad that God has put his plans for you into place!

Meg said...

oh. I absolutely think its divine that the girls have flower halos! And that the stage/steps are carpeted!! Those flowers are HUGE, they had to be heavy, but cascades were all the rage for sure!!! Too fun!

Jana said...

Happy Anniversary!

It looks like Aaron is concenrating so hard on NOT stepping on your dress. I have to say the pantyhose made me laugh.

Sarah said...

My husband looked over my shoulder as I was looking at the picture of you and Aaron by yourselves. He said, no joke, "Whose 8th grade dance picture is that?" I told him it was a wedding picture, and he didn't believe me. For real. I had to scroll the the bridesmaid/groomsmen pics to convince him y'all were an actual bride and groom. You guys look like you can't possibly be more than 14. Are you SURE you didn't need parental consent to get married? These are so fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Melda said...

Since Mike and I married at 19 and he also looks 12 in our pictures....... I will stay silent on this one.

Except to say, Happy Anniversary!"

The Fire Wife said...

So, I'm guessing you didn't give your bridesmaids the whole "... and you can shorten it and wear it again" speech... Gorgeous.

Molly said...

Happy 15th! Such an accomplishment, such a testament to faith, grit, and most of all, love--may you have many many more!

Julie said...

Your bridesmaids look like a dance recital I was in once. (I think we were supposed to represent ferns.) And did your maid of honor have to work out to prepare for holding both her flowers and yours? Also, one of these pants is not like the others.

Kelly G. said...

Our 15th is in 2 weeks. We were 18 and 19 years old, and you don't look much older in these pics. I too, would do it all over again. I am going to have to brave getting out the pics and maybe even posting some. Forest green and burgundy were soooo cool. And FAKE flowers! Awesome.

mandi said...

This is a sweet post.

Now that I got that out of the way...

Your bridesmaids shorty-short dresses! Oh my! With the overlay! hahaha!!! That heart! And the carpet!?!? Outside???

I love these pictures! You guys were adorable. You were children. Like a child bride from Utah!

Sara said...

It's interesting that you mention your great legs, but we don't see them in the pic...only the bridesmaids in their super short dresses. Pantyhose? Really? Happy Anniversary!

Captain Murdock said...

Ha ha ha. Shouldn't laugh too loud. In one week the hubs and I will celebrate our 15 yr anniversary. We were 18 and 19 when we got married. Our pictures look very similar, and so does our story.

Congratulations!!!

Captain Murdock said...

p.s. Though I should admit that I never had nice legs :(

Chelsea said...

Wow those pictures are something else ;). Neither of you look 19...I would have guessed 15 or 16 max (not that getting married at 15 is legal but you never know!). Congrats on 15 years of marriage and your beautiful family. I found your blog from the Livesay's a couple weeks ago and have really enjoyed reading your posts.

Erin said...

oh my gosh. never stop blogging. your words are ours, just said better. great anniversary post, totally resonated with this young bride (who just forgot about our anniversary this month).

Marla Taviano said...

Happy, happy anniversary, you two cuties!! You look AMAZING 15 years later (and based on the wedding pics, I'd guess Aaron is what, 27, now?)

I used to have gorgeous legs too. :)

Zoanna said...

Love this post. Congratulations to you both. First time I've seen anyone but the bride wear white; speaks of the free spirit/rule-breaker I imagine you to be:) It looks like the flowergirl on the right is wearing a bouquet on her head. And is this Texas? The girls are wearing tights in Texas...sounds like a song that should be written. Bet you could write it, too, you cradle-robber, you. Seriously when I saw the first photo I thought you were posing with a ringbearer.

In all seriousness, though, I think as an outsider reading about your lives in Haiti the past several months, you all are a strong example of love and faithfulness, perseverence, honesty, fun, freedom in Christ...all good stuff. Thanks-- and keep writing.

5 Chicks and a Farmer said...

oh goodness. how did i miss this on the intrawebz? i'm not a very good sister in law....

Happy BELATED anniversary! I KNOW it's been a glorious one.

WOW! These are funny.

But, can I just say that your legs are STILL rockin'?? Oh yes I will! Because they are.

Love you!

BeccaBoo said...

I hate to admit this but in my head, I still see you guys the way you looked 15 years ago. The way you guys looked at camp when we tried to beat eachother up with a giant Q-tip (I have a picture of that somewhere) and the way Aaron looked when he'd sing Elvis on the band bus. It was Alan's and my 15 year anniversary last month. Wow, how time flies! Congrats!

Chrissy said...

Babes. Babes in arms. Good grief. ;)