Matt's special healthy "cookies" (yummy!)
As a person who is sixteen weeks pregnant, I am neither partaking in sugar nor beer, but I wanted to go nonetheless.
My amazing life partner has decided that he, too, will abstain from eating sugar throughout my pregnancy as a way to be supportive and loving. For the Cookies & Beer party, he decided to make cookies without sugar. I was skeptical, but, fortunately, he proved me wrong. He used mashed up bananas, butter, soy milk, dried cherries, oatmeal, sundry spices, and sunflower seeds (following this recipe) to make a pretty decent "cookie." They definitely can't compete with a good ol' sugar-laden cookie, but they were absolutely a nice and thoughtful treat nonetheless. The dried cherries made all the difference.
Matt's amazing gesture of support is yet another illustration of his commitment to be a life partner.
Throughout my many years of dating, I opted for some not-so-supportive guys. I couldn't help it. I was attracted to them. However, I am so, so thankful that when it came time to tie the knot, I found someone who truly embraces the idea of being a life partner, for better and worse.
In the process of planning a wedding, it can be so easy to get preoccupied with all the wrong things. There are so many details and distractions. But at its core, this is what it's all about. It's about formalizing our choices and our commitments. It's orchestrating a moment of seriousness and celebration that allows us to proclaim our love and our intentions out loud. It's a precious moment--worthy our attention and effort--but it's just one precious moment in a long line of many.