I realize that very few marriages are enduring anymore. I am grateful to have been raised in a family where my parents lived out their vows. I do not take this for granted. My husband and I have learned so much from them and the way they have served God and their family with grace and consistency for so long.
Some words that come to mind when I think of my parents and their marriage are...
My mom's favorite flowers are hydrangeas. When I used hydrangeas as one of the primary flowers in my wedding, I learned that they are often used as symbol for devotion. I was thrilled to come across some absolutely stunning hydrangeas at Publix today. I knew I had found the perfect anniversary present for them! I left them in their house with a card so that they could come home to them after their journey back from Arizona.
Their vibrant beauty is a reflection of the beauty found in devotion to a spouse, in keeping covenant and respecting vows, in creating stability, love, and pleasure for a family. In serving God together faithfully. In making a house a home. In valuing people and relationships over things. They are a reflection of the value of all the beautiful things I learned from two simple people who have made an extraordinary impact on my life.