If you have been married for 25 years, it is time to do some serious celebrating! As most people know, staying married is not an easy feat. I'd love to paint a Fairy Tale love story between my husband and myself, but it has sometimes felt like a dramatic Lifetime movie, almost unreal, but we all know that life IS a drama.
My husband and I seem to have invisible rubber bands wrapped around the two of us and when we try to run the opposite direction from the other one, those rubber bands snap us back together and become tighter than before. Yes, we are rubber banded together. I know, I know...it is incredibly romantic.
In honesty, my husband and I have had a wild 25 years together, we've raised children, our own and "foster" children; we've lived the military life; we've faced the effects of temptation; we've suffered through a bad economy and bad tempers; we had our home destroyed by a Hurricane; we've lost treasured loved ones; and we've confronted catastrophic illness after it invaded our home, and I, as a young mother, nearly died.
During all of this, the world kept spinning and we kept returning to the day we said our vows to one another. A wedding day does matter and we are blessed to have had two wedding days. The rubber bands were stretching, but not breaking. The vows didn't insulate us from the world and it didn't make us do everything perfectly, but those vows did serve as a touchstone to give us remembered strength that would carry us through disasters that often left their mark. A lifelong commitment of love can sure help to buff away the scuffs of life.
Since we have already had two weddings...the first when we eloped and then another full church wedding several months later, we've been fortunate enough to exchange our vows a couple of times already. I think that having to say our vows repeatedly did help us to remember them.
Maybe this should be a REQUIREMENT before you can get married...maybe we should be expected to memorize our vows by heart. No cheat-sheets allowed. Simply mimicking the preacher's words won't cut it. Since most of us have such a hard time honoring our vows, maybe it's time that we really learn the words and the meaning of the words that we are going to say BEFORE we say them. It's a good thing that I'm not a marriage counselor because I think this would be an excellent way to torture my clients with "home-work."
During our elopement, I was so dang nervous that my legs shook severely and nearly buckled beneath me. In our pictures, my husband is seen holding both of my hands because he's helping to keep my body stabilized as I keep swaying and am close to fainting due to nervousness.
To complicate matters, I also have inappropriate laughing when nervous and I was in a fit of odd hysterics the entire ceremony. This is my weird way of responding to stress. So, I know I repeated words and it was sweet and awesome, but I might as well have been making a public speech in front of 10,000 people because I had zoned out. It was a blur, but I remember the room being full of laughter. My laughing was contagious and it caused Airman Dave to laugh, the pastor to laugh and my friend in attendance to giggle out loud.
|Yep, in the middle of the "I do" part and I'm laughing harder and harder.|
However, even in church, I did still have moments of uncontrollable laughter which would set the entire wedding party at our sides into stifled chuckles and red-faced attempts to not fully burst out laughing. At one point, David and I couldn't even look at each other because every time our eyes met, we would start laughing as the pastor was giving his serious marriage sermon. How inappropriate! Don't look at me!
|Even with a few laughs, it's a much calmer day than when we had eloped.|
Since our budget is no laughing matter, renewing our vows on our land is going to be a day without frills and without glamour, unless I win the Texas Lottery, in which case we'd probably hire a caterer. But, as it is with our current non-existent budget, we will stand among the towering trees and with clarity and hopefully without uncontrollable laughing, we will be able to let each other know how much our marriage has served to better our lives. We've built a good, beautiful life together.
One thing I can say about having solid wedding vows to recall is that the vows sometimes prompts you to hear that little voice, "You should not call your husband a $@*# because you promised to honor him!"
So, we'll renew our vows this coming September to honor our church wedding vows, the ones I do recall.
That's only about four months away and our land is no where near prim and proper to compete with our city dwelling, it is wild and unruly. There is no running water or electricity and we might even have to arrange for a company to deliver a couple of potty houses for the weekend. But, we will have a patch of land deep in the woods ready for our ceremony. It feels extra sacred in this particular spot. It's near the site where we will likely build our future home. The ground is covered with a carpet of fallen leaves and pine needles that are softened by time and there is very little underbrush to get in the way. A huge canopy of trees provides ample shade and incredible natural beauty that can't be rivaled. Who needs wedding decorations when Mother Nature is in the house?
|I got this photo off the Internet and love this idea...|
GRAB A SHEET AND HAVE A SEAT.
Being married to Deputy Dave has never been boring, but this upcoming celebration is surely going to be interesting, especially if I can't arrange for temporary potty houses to be rented for the weekend. Deputy Dave might be building a rustic, mobile out-house...how sweet! Somehow, I think it will be another day filled with lots of laughter.