My dream came true as I was walking down the aisle to my husband, on 12th December 2014. The expression on his face as he waited for me at the altar! Dreams really do come true; not in the fairy tale kind of way though. Believe me when I say ‘they do’.
“I Hannah Adoyo Ondiek take you Philip Moturi Moturi to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part… according to Gods Holy ordinance…” That one sentence has such a deep meaning and only does it unfold day by day in marriage. As you say them, you realize the gravity of the promise you are making to the person you hope to spend the rest of your life with. I tried my best to hold back the tears but they still ran down my beautifully made-up face. I was overwhelmed by the fact that I had gotten to this point where before God, my family, and friends, I was looking into the eyes of the love of my life, saying some of the most important words I will ever say to him and making promises that only the one beyond me can help me achieve. I was both elated and nervous. All these feelings were too much to bear as the tears run down; this is love. As I said the words “from this day forward” I realized it means from the moment I said them until my last breathe. It meant so much to me and every day I remind myself to be better as a wife and friend and in turn become a better person all round.
My husband and I will be celebrating our 2nd month anniversary on Thursday this week. It’s great how we’re still excited to get home, tell each other about our day, laugh together, pray together, enjoy dinner, but we’ve also had disagreements; wouldn’t it be abnormal if two people who had two different upbringings, though similar in many ways, with different personalities agreed on everything? That’s where mutual respect and valuing another person’s opinion comes in. I feel so responsible right now. We have just started a new journey, a new chapter, the rest of our lives together, we are a family, and we have to plan together, budget together; simply, the thought of all this makes me smile.
It’s interesting that WYA played a role in me meeting my husband again after about 2 years of not seeing each other after campus. I believe that’s one of the main reasons I’m working at WYA. Who knew that providence would have us meet again and be the start of a beautiful love story? We went to campus and took different degree courses we would only meet at the campus cafe and on the bus. He graduated in 2011 and I in 2012. I hadn’t seen him since then; however, in July 2013, as I was leaving the WYA office, he was driving home, and there we met. A dinner date was planned, and as they say ‘the rest is history now.’ I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this newly married couple with big dreams and a plan to achieve them.
By Hannah Moturi, the Regional Director for WYA Africa