Today (Sept 4th) I’ve been married eight years to my God-send Chris Dover :). Happy anniversary Chris!
We celebrated this past weekend at Callaway. It didn’t quite go the way we planned but we did
wear ourselves out enjoy ourselves canoeing on the lake. Well, Chris actually did most of the rowing. I didn’t actually move us much with mine lol. Pics Below
Two of our anniversaries, Chris was in Iraq. The other two in the beginning were spent fishing. I determined that fishing wasn’t romantic enough for an anniversary. Chris was so busy fishing he didn’t pay any attention to me lol. So our fifth anniversary we spent the weekend in Savannah at the Hamilton Turner Inn.
We can’t remember what happened our sixth anniversary. A couple months before I was busy preparing for my Mom & Step Dad’s wedding. This is the fruit decor I made for it.
Doesn’t Mom look gorgeous!
For our seventh anniversary we took pictures at Callaway and read poems to each other. It was a special number for me since my parents were only married seven years. We didn’t have much money so we just dressed up & had an unprofessional photo shoot.
Mom, Kim (my stepdad), and our best friends were there (Hannah, James, Olivia, & Liam). We didn’t have a preacher of anything.
Michael and his “girlfriend”
The Butterfly Pavillion
Chris is my perfect fit and an answer to prayer. We were virgins when we got married. God brought us together. I spent my senior year focusing on God and not dating. I prayed that if God wanted me to get married that he would bring my husband at the end of the year. Little did I know that the answer to my prayer would be my buddy “Dover” (what we called him) from youth group. We were also in band and on the worship team at church together. Chris said he looked up during worship one day and felt God tell him that I was the one.
There was a lot of prayer in the beginning because I never expected to marry a military man. It’s so funny because when I told Chris I wasn’t into casual dating that I wanted marriage, Chris said that he needed to get married anyways because he was getting old. He was 19 at the time lol. I was 18. We dated a couple of months before he proposed. Then he left the same month for basic training in the military. We got married a year later during a hurricane. It only rained once during our wedding though. When I came through the doors. So they opened umbrellas for me and I felt like the Queen lol.
We were married in September and Chris deployed in January. He came home in the summer for 2 weeks and I got pregnant. Six months later he came home and a few months later Michael was born.
Our beginning was beautiful and every bit like a fairy tale but the years to come have shown the deepest and truest of loves. Little did we know that we would go through two deployments, several funerals, a couple of moves, and taking care of my Dad til his death. Also a couple of surgeries for Chris, one for me, and then taking care of Mom when she got in a wreck. We went through a lot of financial hardship at first and then some more when Chris got out of the military for being disabled. Now Chris is going to school and working. I’m homeschooling our son. Life has been quite a whirlwind. It hasn’t been easy. War changed us both. I’ve had bouts of sickness. We’ve both had to learn to deal with the worst of each other. But we’ve also grown to appreciate each other through these times. We’ve learned the meaning of self sacrifice and unconditional love/respect.
Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover