Friday, August 23, 2013

Last


We married 28 years ago today. I was 23 years old and he was 22. We didn't know anything.

I had visions of a sweet little house and a yard filled with children. Happy and joyous all the time. Parties with food and music and lots of happy people. 

I didn't imagine it wouldn't all be like that. I didn't imagine there would be disagreements and arguments. Stolid silences. Hurt feelings. That we'd have times where we couldn't seem to understand each other.

I didn't imagine difficult pregnancies. Our children not being perfect. 

I didn't imagine gaining weight and being tired and worn out all the time.

I didn't imagine stress for him at work and frustrations of things not being the way he imagined.

I didn't imagine having to come to terms with horrors from my past that I had buried so very deeply.

I didn't imagine that he would have such strength, fortitude, humor, and perseverance. I didn't imagine I could fight so hard for myself. That he would fight just as hard right along side of me for my healing.

I imagined a fantasy. A fairy tale.

I got a real-life marriage that lasts.




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7 comments:

  1. Oh glory...
    Happy Anniversary! Fighting for love for 28 years--that's worth celebrating!
    trusting He dazzles you more than you ever imagined.

    thrilled to be your neighbor over at 5MF today!

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  2. Didn't your bridemaids look good.

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    1. One in particular outshone the bride :)

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  3. Here's to real-life marriage that lasts! Happy anniversary!

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  4. I was exactly where you were, and five years later I'm in the midst of your description of imperfection and "this is NOT what I'd planned." I hope and pray in 20 years, I'll be where you are now! Happy Anniversary, and congrats on holding fast to your vows!

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  5. Happy anniversary! This is just lovely- how God can take what we expected, turn it on its head and give us something that is so much deeper. Rejoicing with you!

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