"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Walk In The Park...

Thirty-five years ago today I stood in the doorway, at my father's arm, of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Ahead of me, down the aisle, was you...the one. After meeting in college and what seemed like a long engagement we were here, on a chilly November evening, in a church lit only by candlelight, to wed.

When I walked back down that aisle, at the arm of my husband, ahead of me was our future. Our care-free childhood, teenage years behind us as we ran through the rain to our car sloshing through puddles laced with shaving cream. Our future...

Maybe it was the rain, or the fact that we just missed being in a serious car accident, or that our keys were lost and we couldn't get into our apartment, that was a sign that ours would be a difficult journey. (Our paths to this point having been laced with many challenges.) We have been to the depths of pure hell...a place no parent should ever have to visit. And we have found, even to this day, that none of the everyday mishaps of life matter at all after you've lost so much.

We have reached the sky and have known the incredible blessing that our amazing children bring to us. They have been a gift beyond measure and I am so glad that you and I have shared such joy together.

We took a vow that day, before God and our families and friends, to always turn towards each other whether it be in joy or sadness. Turn towards each other always so that we will never have to be alone. Everyday you remind me of what that vow really means. Through sickness and health. Through good times and bad. For better or worse...we turn towards each other. We are strong and resilient, we are best friends and lovers (don't tell my mom!) and I would not change you and me for the world.

Happy Anniversary Baby...



  2. Well said JoJo, and I'm sorry you have had to face so many obstacles in your years together, but if you weather them together, you will come out stronger on the other side! Blssings to the both of you.

  3. Awww, JJ, that is SO beautiful! To have a person to turn to, no matter what life hands you, is an honor beyond measure--and I am so happy that you have that.

    Happy, Happy Wedding Anniversary.

  4. I didn't know where you were going until the end - you described the essence of love. How flipping beautiful is that?

  5. Beautiful, just beautiful..

    Happy Anniversary to a special couple!! Enjoy today and the next 35 yrs!!

    God Bless~

  6. Wow!! How wonderful to be married for 35 years and be able to put so eloquently how much you love and appreciate and count on each other being there... being the one.

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing.


  7. Here's something you didn't know: I needed that post today. Really needed it. Thank-you and many more years of true love for you both.

  8. So a warm apple pie makes you forget about the big butt side effect? :)

    Love it!



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