Today, Doug and I celebrate five years of being married! They say time flies when you're having fun and man did that fly by! On this day five years ago, I thought I couldn't love him more than I did that day. Since that day, my love for him has grown exponentially as he has truly been the most amazing husband. He is so thoughtful, caring, selfless, and always has a way to make me laugh. We have grown so much in these five years that I am so excited for the many more years to come.
In celebrating these five years, I thought it would be great to share our wedding tree with you. In our ceremony, we wanted to do something unique so we did a unity tree ceremony instead of the unity candle. My pastor read these words explaining what this tree resembles in marriage.
"One of the many reasons to use a tree as a metaphor at your wedding ceremony is the incredible symmetry of trees. The root system of a healthy tree is as large and beautiful as the canopy. As you stand beneath the leafy spread, you stand on ground that is held together by an expansive root system that enriches and supports the earth. There is nothing that a marriage needs more than the same sort of grounding a tree has. We must plant the tree, and our marriages, in soil that will nourish and support it (and you). Carefully cultivated, and protected, those roots will flourish and provide nutrients for the tree to grow.
And just like the tree that they are planting, marriage requires constant nurturing and nourishment. As they provide the sun, soil, and water for this tree, they will provide the encouragement, trust, and love needed on a daily basis to consciously nurture and nourish their connection to each other.
During this time Doug and Tasha's parents will take the dirt and put it into the pot symbolizing the love, nurturing, and support these two will need from them and have received from them all these years. Then Doug and Tasha will each take a container of water and water the tree symbolizing the need to continually water their own relationship in order for it survive. After the wedding the tree will be planted in their backyard in Ellsworth and it will grow as their marriage grows."
Over these past five years we have worked hard to make sure that our marriage and this tree was growing and was healthy... They both have come a long way! The words that described the parallels between the growth of this tree and of marriage were so true... I feel like this does resemble our marriage as we have grown in our love for each other... growing roots that will help us stand the test of time. I love you Doug and I am so grateful to be your wife! <3 Here is to many more years to come!