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May 26, 2001 at Trinity Church in Bolton

To Jill:
I am very thankful to have known you these four years. I am even more thankful to stand here today and pledge my life to you. You are more than I could have ever asked for or imagined. You are a lily among thorns. I believe without a doubt that God placed you in my life at just the right time.

I don't think that life works correctly without God. Therefore I don't believe that marriage will work without him either. I will look to Christ as head of our home as I have looked to him as head of the church.

I will love you in all circumstances. I will love you the way God intends love to be, not the way this world defines it. I hereby lay down my life for you. I realize that times will be tough, and that I may not always feel in love with you. in those times I will not seek pleasure from others, but I will be faithful to you only. I will be the man that comforts, helps, and provides security for you for the rest of my life. This is my solemn vow.

To Ben:
Today in front of everyone here I vow my love and life-long commitment to you. I promise today to be your faithful wife, loving and serving you in all the days that lie ahead, embracing times of challenge as well as times of joy. I do not take this vow lightly, as so many in our world do, but promise that until the Lord takes us from this Earth I will be yours alone. I will strive to serve you, as God directs, and will respect you, encourage you, and help you become the great man God has created you to be. I see so many amazing gifts and qualities in you that I respect so much, and am excited to grow together in the days ahead. Wether illness overcomes you or circumstance drains us, I will still be by your side. I'm not going anywhere. I know there will be hard times, temptations, and trials, but I vow my faithfulness to you as long as I live, and know that the Lord will guide us as we commit ourselves also to him.

Four years ago today I received my very first kiss, and I am so excited for you to kiss me again today, though this time as my beloved husband. I love you and am blessed to have you. I admire so much in you and feel like one lucky gal to get to marry my best friend today.


"I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad. The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had." -Tears for Fears, "Mad World"