Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Under the Magnolia Tree

On a sunny afternoon 14 years ago, Aaron and I were married under a Magnolia tree.

I wasn't nervous.
I was sure.

Aaron and I both come from a great heritage of marriage.
Marriages that stand the test of time are not the norm these days.
Yet both of our parents have chosen to stay married-- they have chosen to love each other--for more than 30 years.
I am so grateful for the way they have honored their commitment to one another.
I am grateful for the example they have set before us, and the inspiration their marriages are to us.
I am grateful my children have grandparents who still hold hands and say "i love you".
My children have no idea how fortunate they are.
But I do.

When I look at the photos of our wedding, I smile at our young faces.
I smile at our innocence and all the joy we felt as we dreamt of our future together.
I never imagined it could be so wonderful.
I never imagined it could be so hard.
I never imagined 4 kids.
I never imagined 1 baby we'd never know.
I never imagined the tears or the heart ache.
I never imagined the laughter and the dreams come true.
I didn't know back then what a victory it was that our parents were still married.
I didn't know that staying happily married is some of the hardest work anyone will ever do.
But I know now.

I know that 14 years later, I am more sure ever.
May our marriage forever be a testimony of God's grace and His goodness in our lives.
May we someday be the grandparents who are still holding hands and saying "i love you".
May we grow old together.

To Aaron, On Our 14th Wedding Anniversary:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the end of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's 
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Happy anniversary, darling.
Love from,


Lillian Simon Wujek said...

Beautiful dear girl, I have an ache in my throat and tears of joy in my eyes. Happy Anniversary to you both. We love you.fortyar

valerie said...

Happy Happy birthday to Aaron and Happy anniversary to both of you. I am happy for you! Celebrate all that you are!

meg + andy said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pics and what a sweet, sweet testimony. Blessing on you both.

engineer's wife said...

very sweet. we have a magnolia tree in our yard and even though I have never met you I will think of you every time I look at it now. You have blessed me.

hannah singer said...

always so encouraged by your strength in marriage!! press on, lovely! praise jesus! xo