Friday, July 20, 2007

Til death do us part

It was six years ago today that Angela Alcorn became Angela Stump and Dan Stump became...the luckiest guy on the planet. Just kidding. If I were to iron his shirts like any good wife should do, THEN he would be the luckiest guy on the planet. But I have to remind him every once in a while that I'm not super-wife. So ironing is out.

Back to my love story. We've never had the gushy, whispering-sweet-nothings-into-each-others-ear type of relationship, as many of you can attest. Our nickname for each other is not honey or darling or schnookums, it's dude. Seriously. But I can guarantee you that our love goes just as deep, probably deeper, than the couples we make fun of for sitting on the same side of the booth at a restaurant while the other side remains empty.

I was looking through some old notes I'd saved from when we were dating, (because even though I fell asleep during Sense and Sensibility, I am, after all, still a girl) and I found this one, which made me smile. This was written on a piece of paper torn out of a spiral notebook, on Valentines Day of 1999, shortly after we had started dating (we were seniors in high-school). This will give you, my dear reader, a better idea of the way our relationship has always been:

"Ang--Even though I think Valentine's day is a pitiful holiday, I guess we get a chance to spend some time alone together so that makes it decent. The other night all the guys were talking about their girlfriends or the chicks that had enough talent to go out with them, and I realized that no one is even close to you. Don't get a big head or anything, but as far as I'm concerned you're head and shoulders above the rest. Deepening our friendship has truly been awesome, especially spiritually. I pray often that we will continue to strive for purity and that our relationship will be pleasing to God. I hope our relationship is as fun for you as it is for me. The last 3 months have been a blast and I know there are many more good times on the way. Later, dude."

That's my man. I don't think I got a big head, but I am confident he still thinks I'm head and shoulders above the rest. And we HAVE had more good times, more than we ever could have hoped for. And there are still many more on the way.

Daniel John Stump, you are my knight in shining armor, my prince charming, and I'm your princess with the glass slipper, and we'll live happily ever after, yada yada yada. God sure knew what he was doing putting the two of us together. But all joking aside...

I love that you constantly make me laugh. I love that you do the dishes when I'm just about to pull my hair out. I love that we have fun just being with each other. I love that you are a great father and a true example of a godly man to our boys.

I love you, dude. Happy anniversary.


Anonymous said...

Aww, Ang. Thanks for sharing a little of what you and Dan share. I praise God for your heart for your husband and your love for eachother. What a blessing to see God clearly at the center of your marriage. In a world where marriages are crumbling around us, you guys are going the distance with eachother. Way to go!! Happy Anniversary you guys! Here's to many more to come...

Love ya!

Heidi said...

Yeah, I'm so glad that I'm not the only one that doesn't iron for her husband! Now, baby clothes i'll definitely iron you want them to look good, but the husbands learn can learn how to iron themselves I figure!

faith said...

Congrats you guys! Ang, you have a way with words..I love how you guys are together! Thank you for modeling a strong and mushless marriage! And, if ironing makes women "super-wives" than I super suck cause I never iron!!!

Marla Taviano said...

Well now, that's just cool. Happy Anniversary.

Megan said...

Dan and Ang, happy anniversary! You guys are the best and I echo what Brandy said about going the distance, and what faith said about a strong mushless marriage, and what Heidi said about not ironing! Faith, you don't super suck - seriously how could you have time to iron when we all want to hire you as our own personal interior decorator?! Anyways, congrats.

Melissa Rae Allen said...

6 years? Wow we're old :) Just kidding...kind of. I remember walking down the aisle that day, praying that I wouldn't trip while I was walking up the stairs...oh and I remember what a fantastic time it was to watch two of my best friends get married. A truly blessed day. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more.

schmidt said...

Congratulations on your 6th Anniversary! I am thankful that I had the priviledge to pray for you all these years!(Dan & the boys too!) You are a beautiful woman inside & out. I love that you hold fast to the truth, but have an awesome way of loving people. God has blessed many people through you!
I guess that ironing thing might be a generations thing.
Love & Prayers,

Randy said...


I read this last week, but just reread and thought it was awesome. I love you and Dan and the little guys. I thank God for all He has done and will do in your life.