Ruth 1:16 states, "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." Before I met you, Dustin, I knew God but my relationship with Him was weak and stagnant. You have encouraged and challenged me to strengthen and grow my relationship with Christ. From that moment, I knew you were sent for me and I knew I loved you.
"I love you" means that I accept you for the person that you are and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I do not expect perfection from you-- just as you do not expect it from me. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you when you are in a bad mood or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you're down-- not just when you're fun to be with. "I love you" means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them-- asking in return only that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough to not let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and knowing that you feel the same way for me.
Dustin, I promise to be your helper while you lead our family down the path God has laid out for us. I promise to challenge you, support you, learn from you, and encourage you every step of the way.
Dustin, I promise not only to be a good and faithful wife to you, but also a patient, loving step mother to Rylee, Jacob, and Bethany; caring for them and providing for them to the best of my ability. I promise to be their strength and their emotional support, loving each and every one of you with all my heart. Where you go, I'll go, and where you stay, I'll stay.