Thursday, August 13, 2009

Forever and ever, Amen.

Justin and I were married four years ago today. Some days it feels like we've been married for decades and other days it seems like yesterday we were teenagers passing notes in church.

We had this poem read at our wedding. I loved it then and I love it even more now.

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
~Wilferd Arlan Peterson

We've certainly had our good days and our bad days, but we are unequivocally committed to each other. For better or worse, we're partners for life.

Forever and ever, Amen.


  1. congratulations and many many more glorious years as husband and wife

  2. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful picture.

  3. Congratulations. May God continue to bless your marriage! In this time of rampant divorce, it is wonderful to know that God will bless your committment!

  4. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful (and true) poem!

  5. Happy Anniversary!! You looked GORGEOUS! What a beautiful picture!!

  6. Happy Anniversary! Y'all are so cute!! Love that poem.

  7. Have a wonderful anniversary! May the Lord continue to bless your marriage.

  8. For better or worse, we're partners for life.

    I love that line! I hope you and your hubby have a wonderful anniversary!

  9. Happy Anniversary!

    You all are a beautiful couple!

    I'm glad I found your blog :)

  10. Happy Anniversary. Great Poem!!!

  11. What a beautiful poem and beautiful couple! Happy Anniversary!