The funny thing about life and wedding vows

I take you to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

Somewhere there's a recording of my wedding and after my husband says his vows, the officiate looks at me and says, "And you?"

I was confused. "Oh, I thought I was supposed to say something, too," I responded.

My vows were completely skipped over and I simply said "I do" just to get rid of the awkward pause.

I'm almost positive I shot my mom a look that said, "Can you believe this mess?" but then I kissed my husband and paraded back down the aisle.

My obsession with a vow renewal stems in part from never being able to say my vows; however, despite the fluke, it's never stopped us from living them.

This year, Souers and I will be celebrating 10 years together and three years married. We had plans for our lives...and then, cancer. 

No one expects to be put to the test as soon as school starts, but that's the funny thing about life and wedding vows. You never know when you'll win the lottery or if you'll wake up one day with a chronic illness. You don't know what bad is, until it's bad or how great life can be until it's great. And if you married the "right" person, you never want to think of losing them, but the truth is, you don't know when that may happen either. 

The day I married my Souers is the best day of my life. I know that now more than ever because I know without a doubt he meant every vow. 

There are so many women who've said their husbands of way more than two years left when things got hard.

Not only did my husband stay, he stepped up. He made the appointments, dried my tears, held my hand and the throw-up bucket. He slept on the couch with me for months after my mastectomy because I couldn't get comfortable in the bed. He got up with me a million times during the night to help me get to the bathroom.

And he never complained, not once.  

We have never been more committed to our marriage and we have never loved so hard. We've found the silver lining during the storm and it's the honest ability to love unconditionally. To say that we are blessed would be an understatement.