As I write the first post of my blog, I want to wish my handsome husband a happy anniversary! Today we celebrate 10 years of matrimony and I think that’s pretty darn SPECTACULAR! After reading a wonderful lecture entitled, “The Nuptial Mystery of Life in Christ as Revealed in Scripture and Liturgy,” presented by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (San Francisco), it really made me revisit those beautiful, life-giving vows my husband and I took on our wedding day!
“Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?”
“Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?”
“Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?”
To me it’s clear that the Sacrament of Matrimony requires one to be selfless and sacrificial towards his/her spouse and children that follow. I don’t know how you can have a loving marriage without these virtues in practice. So, I want to take the time to thank my husband for truly living out his vocation as a husband and father and share with you what 10 years of love, self-sacrifice, and selflessness, on my husband’s part, looks like to me! I am truly blessed. Happy Anniversary Love, and here’s to 100 more!
My husband: loves our Lord above all else, started providing for our future family before we were married in the choices he made, worked hard to put on a lovely, yet humble, wedding for us, took me places I never thought I’d go, dropped everything to give me the opportunity to see, the now, St. John Paul II at his wake and funeral, tells me how beautiful I am constantly, surprises me with flowers, indulges all of my crazy cravings (whether I’m pregnant or not), adores our 3 children, tells me I’m a wonderful mother and provides examples (which is a really important thing to a high school English teacher), works hard and long hours so that I can stay home with our children, learned how to grill chicken for me, helps with the kiddos and chores when he can, plays and reads with our two oldest, wakes up in the middle of the night for diaper changes, feedings, and/or sick kids, let me convert my garage into a school room, takes care of the kids during Mass because mommy cantors, works on his ‘honey do’ list with minimal complaints, takes care of the kiddos so I can have some ‘me’ time, writes me poems, and loves me to the moon and back.
I can go on and on… but you get the point ladies, right?!
St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us!