I’ve Been Married For HOW Long?

March 16, 2012 — 15 Comments

As of today, I’ve been married to my wife for 11 years.

My wife is beautiful. Always has been. She’s also hilarious. A killer combo. She’s an incredible mother. She loves Jesus with all her heart. And she loves and cares for those around her more than anyone I know.

To say I married above my means is an understatement of magnificent proportions.

The last year or so has been a fun and interesting time for us. As I’ve come to realize my unique position as a limb-different person, Julie has been right by my side. She’s been so supportive and encouraging. There’s nobody I’d rather do all of this with than her!

It’s funny to think back to our wedding day and remember our vows.  “I’ll do everything in our marriage with one hand.  That one is a fact.”  I was light-hearted about my arm even then!

I remember after I proposed my dad saying something like, “I always wondered who would end up with you.” I’m going to have him unpack that for me someday, but I’ll bet every parent of a limb-different child has the same thought. Who will choose my child? Not in a bad way. Just in a “Who’s going to see past the difference and love the whole person?” way. Which is why I also said in my vows, “Thank you for loving me the way that I am, inside and out, and I want to love you the same way…forever.”

Well, parents, I’m living proof that a one-armed guy can end up with a beautiful, funny, talented, compassionate, intelligent, wonderful woman.

That said, I can’t guarantee everyone will be as lucky as me.

Happy anniversary, Jules.







(I thought I’d share our montage that we played at our wedding. It makes it look like we got married 40 years ago! Ahh, technology.)


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15 responses to I’ve Been Married For HOW Long?

  1. happy anniversary! you two are pretty darn cute together! 🙂

  2. Awwww, you two are so unbelievably CUTE! and Ryan, Sam looks just like you! I actually teared up watching this. How lucky you are to have your proposal on tape! Happy Anniversary to you both! You are both such awesome people and I’m Super happy you’re in my life.

  3. Jennifer Aguirre March 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

    That’s so sweet! Congratulations! Enjoy your day together!

  4. Great post Ryan. And you’re absolutely right. You married WAAAY above your paygrade …. jk. Julie’s pretty lucky too.

  5. LOVE julie’s big hair!

    your cub scout photo looks just like sam, and in one of your adolescent shots, you look a lot like shaun from “boy meets world.” =)


  6. Ok, so now I’m crying. I love you both. Hope you are having a great time! The kids and I had lots of fun.And yes, Sam looks just like you Ryan. It’s just like getting to raise you all over again. Yay! And Julie, Anna looks just like you. Lucky girl! Because of you both I have such joy in my life.

  7. Ivor (England) April 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Beautiful like your wife (cf you) .. the words and montage brought tears (of joy) to my eyes to see two people so much in love and in Jesus too

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