I was 16 years old in the back of a pick-up truck when my husband first saw me. We were introduced and spoke about 20 words to each other. He told a friend that was with him that fall afternoon, “I am going to marry that girl one day. She will be my wife.” That was 33 years ago! It is hard to believe that all those years have passed but one thing has always remained constant…the love that we have for one another. I recall so many wonderful memories with this man that I could never begin to outline in this blog post. I am not sure that I could even fit them into a book. He has been my constant rock that I have leaned on, stood on, carried, and rested upon. At times, friends will ask me what the secret has been to a long-lasting happy marriage. Our marriage has been built on trust, respect, honesty, friendship, open conversations, and the promises that we said before God in a flower garden, where we were married, on May 5th, 1996. Has each day been easy? Absolutely not, but when both of you believe in the words, “Until death do us part” it is hard to give up on each other. Sometimes, I must snicker, under my breath, because there were so many people that questioned if we would make it or not before we got married. We were and still are two totally different people. Some of those people have been astonished and some have passed on, but I never doubted in my mind. What they could not see is that we have been joined as one since that fall day when I was 16 years old. I saw a young man who was strong, stood up for what he believed in, spoke his mind, loved to have a good time, looked like he was rough around the edges but was gentle as a lamb, loved his family/friends, and has a heart made of 100% gold.
My custom design for September is in honor of my husband, Todd. We will celebrate his birthday later this month and I am so grateful for every year that we get to spend together. As I thought about the words that I wanted to say on the quilt in his honor, it was hard to narrow down my selection.
Some of the words that I used were:
-Praying for your marriage is never wasted time.
-Make your marriage your own. Don’t look at other marriages and wish you had something else.
-Be a refuge for each other.
-A happy marriage is the union of two forgivers.
-Marriage does not guarantee that you will be together forever, it is only paper. It takes love, respect, understanding, friendship, and faith in your relationship to make it last.
-Marriage can not thrive on the leftover attention. It has to get the best effort.
-True love stands by each other on good days and
stands closer on bad days.
-Ask yourself, “What can I do to make my spouse's life better today”, and then do it.
I hope that you will consider giving a personalized wedding pillow or personalized quilt as a wedding gift for a couple. You could also use the design in honor of an anniversary. A great idea for a bridal shower is to ask bridal shower guests to write messages for the engaged couple to present as a group gift. It will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.
As my husband, Todd, and I continue to embrace each day together, my prayer is that we have many many many more wonderful years together. As I said before, we took those wedding vows seriously! Thank you Todd, for being my everything, believing in me when I could not believe in myself, but most of all for loving me, the only way that you can.
Until Death Do Us Part,