In ancient history, it was not abnormal for people to get married as young as 14 y/o. However, in more modern times, 16 y/o marriages are almost unheard of unless you need to announce a pregnancy as well. Which, just to clear up any doubts, was NOT the case with us! We were honestly just in love!
Also, in ancient history upon betrothal, the groom would go and prepare a place in his father’s house for his new bride.
John 14:2-3 (NIV)
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
This is exactly what David did! He prepared a room for us in the attic of his parent’s house that would be our home for the next 1 1/2 years.
So, our marriage might have been archaic in rituals, but nevertheless, it was meant to be. It was obvious to us that God had chosen us for each other. I’ve had many people ask how we knew, but I just know that we did. Every time we prayed about it, it was confirmed. Every time we were together, it was confirmed. Looking back, all I can say is that God was speaking to us and we listened. I had no fears, no doubts, I just knew.
So, we carried on with the engagement. This picture is of our wedding shower. I love seeing the dot matrix banner in the background!
I did graduate high school and have a semester of college. David had a year of college by that point. So…
On January 2, 1993, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health we devoted ourselves to each other.
Ok- for those of you wondering… Yes, we stayed in town for our honeymoon because we couldn’t rent a hotel room on our own at 16 & 17 y/o… Yes, we went to Six Flags, the zoo, and the botanical gardens for our honeymoon! Laugh all you want, but I was married to the man God had for me and that was enough for me 🙂