Five years ago, around Valentine's Day, my dad took me to a special restaurant for dinner. A looong discussion ensued regarding my future and what steps I should be taking. Together we decided that I should continue to wait at home for God's direction. I would continue serving in my local church, pursuing studies, and helping my family. Only two days following this conversation, Joshua wrote to my Dad for the first time, beginning a correspondence which would shortly result in our courtship and marriage.

I feel as if every Valentine's Day were the anniversary of the beginning of our story. How grateful I am to be five years into our relationship, so loved and cherished by the man who is so perfect for me. Marriage just keeps getting better! In celebration of the day, Joshua and I had made special plans to go rock climbing, something we really enjoy doing together.

[caption id="attachment_451" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The rock gym where we spent a very fun Valentine's Day."]The rock gym where we spent a fun Valentines Day.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_454" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Giving it my best shot"]Giving it my best shot![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_455" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Joshua makes it look easy. He is quite good!"]Joshua makes it look easy. He is quite good![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_456" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="These are bouldering walls, so we were only climbing a short way off the ground. The slanted walls force you to build arm strength. "]Today we were bouldering, so we were only climbing a short way off the ground. The slanted walls force you to build arm strength. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_457" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Trying to figure out where to go next."]Trying to figure out where to go next.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_458" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Those big blue pads come in handy for falls."]Those big blue pads come in handy for falls.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_459" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="At the top!"]At the top![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_464" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Afterward we enjoyed coffee and lunch at a favorite cafe. It was the perfect place to stop in out of the constantly falling snow."]kelsie[/caption]

Stay Tuned: Over the next few weeks, we are planning to begin a series of posts on how God brought us together 5 years ago from opposite sides of the globe, without ever having even met each other!