Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy 4 years!

**Our anniversary is not officially until Thursday, April, 22nd, but we are leaving for the beach, and I wanted to make sure I had this done so he could see!

I, John, take thee, Beth, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, til death do us part, according to God's Holy ordinance.
I, Beth, take thee, John, to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, til death do us part, according to God's Holy ordinance.


Our Oneness Covenant:

We believe God created marriage to be holy, to exemplify the glorious, eternal marriage between His Son and His church.
We believe our marriage is a sacred and lifelong covenant.
We believe God calls us to pursue unconditional love for each other as modeled by His promise never to leave or forsake us.
Therefore, we the undersigned, pledge to fulfill our marriage vows and pursue oneness. We further pledge to bring glory to God through our sacred permanent marriage, and by calling others to fulfill their marriage vows. We agree to joyfully receive each other as God's perfect gift.


"Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away."
Song of Solomon 8:7

And then we went to the closest place to heaven here on this earth...
HAWAII! OH, to be there now!!!

I think, no, I know, when I said "I Do" I was expecting a fairytale story, filled with romance, roses, and nothin' but fun! The only problem is I didn't marry Mr. Romantic. I married John --- God's perfect gift to me. He isn't romantic in the least bit, but he is caring, tenderhearted, forgiving, and he loves me. And I know he loves me. Which makes it even better! He isn't perfect, but oh my, neither am I! We don't have a perfect life, but God didn't promise us one. We argue, get hurt feelings, forget to say I'm sorry, and we've {I've} been known to get really, really mad. We make mistakes. We mess up. We don't always make the best decision. We lose focus, and time slips by. But, God didn't create perfect people. Thankfully He did create perfect grace and He shows us a whole lot of it! Therefore, we can show each other the same! I thank God for John! He is my best friend. He is supportive and hard-working. He is faithful and committed. He puts his family's needs first. He is an outstanding father. And just for a bonus, he is very good lookin'! {OR "hexy" as John Luke says!} And I am very proud of him! Now after 4 years, 2 beautiful babies, 2 moves, bills, cancer, bad moods, short tempers, and just plain life , we have/are learning a lot, but most of all, we still love one another! We made a promise, and we intend to keep it! Not that we don't want to. It just keeps us grounded. I once read that "A promise means no excuses. It was built into your wedding vows. You promised to love and cherish your mate "for better for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part." That was your first married promise, and it was not conditional. It had no term limits or expiration date. It was meant to remain in effect from that moment until one or both of you leave this earth for the kingdom of heaven. That promise was meant to provide a solid base of security for your marriage. Whatever happens, you have promised to love your husband or your wife. It doesn't matter whether you get upset with each other. It doesn't matter if you get bored with the routine. It doesn't matter if the money you expected is not there. It doesn't matter if either of you loses your attractivenss, turns grumpy, sour, or uncommunicative, gets a debilitating illness, or falls into deep depression. You will love him. You will cherish her. You promised. And that promise gives your marriage security." Gary Smalley
I L-O-V-E John, and he L-O-V-E-S ME! I wouldn't change a thing about the promise I made on April 22, 2006 @ 6:00 p.m.! And by God's grace, we'll face the future, wide-eyed, side-by-side, holding hands!

I love you, John! Happy, Happy Anniversary!

I can't wait for Thursday! Me and you all alone! Oh my!


Lori said...

What a sweet post and beautiful pictures! Happy Anniversary!

Julie said...

I so remember your wedding vows as if it were yesterday!!! Have a great time on your trip!!!! Happy 4 years!!!!!!!

Allyson said...

Such a precious post! Y'all are a BEAUTIFUL couple on the inside and out! I forwarded a link to your blog to Wes b/c I thought it was so sweeet and such a good reminder of the promises we made :)! Have so much fun on your trip!!

Ashley said...

Hello Ken and Barbie! :)
This post made me tear up!!!! It's precious!! What a great reminder of what a wonderful gift we have been given with marriage! Y'all are both so blessed to have each other, and I believe you bring out the best in each other! I'm thankful you took the time to count your blessings and did so on this blog! It's a great reminder to your friend, Ashley!! :) Love you both! (all 4 of you!)

DeAnne DuBose said...

Happy Anniversary! You guys are so sweet!

Christi said...

Great post! It looks like you had a beautiful wedding! I loved the above comment, "Hello, Ken and Barbie"! I agree!

Beth said...

Thank you all for the very sweet comments!

Carrie said...

Happy Anniversary, Beth. Your post and your pics were beautiful. Loved what you had to say about marriage. I think sometimes we (I) forget how much our promise means! (BTW, music makes me cry too!)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! Kelley