Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Real Life Romance: Part Seven

Welcome to the last installment of the series. If you need to catch up, click here.

The End (or Maybe Just The Beginning)...

After 10 months, 4 weeks and 1 day of anticipation, our day had finally arrived. On a beautifully warm and sunny Saturday, in the midst of a picturesque garden, my father took me by the hand and led me down the aisle to the one who would become my husband.

There with our friends and family present, the fabulous dude and I committed our lives together in Christ. Our wedding was such a blast. It was honestly the best day of my life. I have written about some of the details of our wedding before so instead of revisiting that, I would like to share with the words that were spoken by my cousin (our officiant) as we exchanged our wedding rings and made a public commitment to each other. We found this online but adapted it to fit with us. I don't take credit for the original piece but I don't know the source of it either.

Lucy, please face FD and hold his hands so that you may see and cherish the gift they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, holding yours on your wedding day as he promises to love and protect you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach until he too feels his child stir within you.
These are the hands that look so large and strong but will be so gentle and soft as he holds your baby or the first time.
These are the hands that will work long hours for your and your new family.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years for a lifetime together.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness and hold you when fear or grief overwhelm you.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes, eyes that are completely filled with his overwhelming love and desire for you.
These are the hands that will give you support as he encourages you to chase down your dreams.
Together, as a team, everything you wish will be realized.
These are the hands that will connect your hearts as you kneel before your Father in prayer.

FD, please face Lucy and hold her hands so that you may see and cherish the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree that are holding yours on your wedding day as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of your life.
These are the hands that will work along yours as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way and knowing when it's time to let go.
These are the hands that look so small and timid, yet will be bold and strong as they protect your children from harm.
These are the hands that will work long hours to care for and keep your family.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years for a lifetime together.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness and hold you when fear or grief overwhelms you.
These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams.
Together, as a team, everything you wish will be realized.
These are the hands that will connect your hearts as you kneel before your Father in prayer.

God, bless these hands that you see before you today. May they always be held by one another. Give them strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the darkness of despair. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in your wondrous love. Help these hands continue building a relationship founded in your grace, rich in caring and devoted to reaching for your perfection. May Lucy and FD see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide. We ask this in your name.

Over the past seven weeks, I have had the joy of sharing 'our' story with you. Over the course of the real life romance series, I have found myself reliving each of these pieces of the story and falling in love with him all over again. But, I must tell you, this is not the whole story. This story is incomplete and constantly being rewritten as we share our lives together. There is so much of this story that cannot be spoken into words but is held in my heart.

So, today as we honour our third anniversary, I celebrate the life I share with this man who holds a piece of my heart, without whom I would not be complete, and I give thanks to my God for bringing us together.

The Real Life Romance series is being linked up at MM&Ms at Musings of a Future Pastor's Wife

23 comments:

Kristin said...

Happy anniversary! I hope the next 30 years are as blessed as the first 3 have been.

Cristina said...

oh my Gosh...BFF Jane (my maid of honor) read that poem "these are the hands" in her speech on my wedding day! I loved it and cry everytime I watch my video and that part comes on, I have to send her the link to your blog :) I loved this little series, Happy Anniversary to the Fabulous couple!

SnoWhite said...

Congratulations! What a blessing it is to find the one who completes you. Good thing God knows what He's doing!

I love the hands poem -- very powerful words.

Blessings to you for many more years to come :)

Brooke said...

happy anniversary!!!! :)

Heather said...

Great poem. Beautiful pictures. Love the first one.

Jessica said...

Happy Anniversary! I have really loved reading your love story. Every post has really touched me and made me fall in love with my own husband even more.

I absolutly love the Hands Poem and wished I would have heard it before we were married. It's so beautiful!

C said...

Aww, I love it!! That's such a beautiful reading!! Happy anniversary, girl!! :)

Tereasa said...

Happy Anniversary to an amazing couple! Love you guys!

...Mrs. Southern Bride... said...

Oh! So sweet...lovely post! :)

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Lucy and FD,
Wow! Happy Anniversary, first of all! I have so thoroughly enjoyed this series. The "ending" was definitely the cherry on top. I cried as if I was really there. That's a good sign, right?! I do hope that you print out and save this series. It would be such a gift to share this with your children (and each other) one day in the future.
In a way, I'm a little sad to see the series end, though. I really have looked forward to it each week.
Have a wonderful day together, and a wonderful life as well. ;)
Many, many more years.

XO*Tricia

The Mrs. said...

This is so sweet!! Happy Anniversary, and I pray you will have many, many more years of falling in love all over again :)

Brittany Ann said...

Happy Anniversary! Blessings for many more! I loved reading your story.

Shaina said...

Aww, so sweet! Happy anniversary! I hope you have the most wonderful day, and I wish you many more years of joy, love, and happiness.

Annie said...

happy anniversary to you two!
love your l.o.v.e. story :)

Kristen said...

oh y'all are too cute!! happy anniversary!!

veronking2003 said...

Happy Anniversary!! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Real Life Romance series, it seems that God has blessed your marriage from Day 1. I pray many more years of happiness and blessings to come! =]

BRONNY said...

happy anniversary! i enjoyed reading your story

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Happy anniversary! I think your are among those lucky couples who have find there true love. I just wast to say you one thing that always stick to these good memories coz memories never changes.
Good Luck for rest of the life.

Summer @ B is for Brown said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Anny. You are amazing. That is all I want to say. AMAZING.

Holly said...

Happy anniversary, and many, many more! My sister tells me it was a beautiful wedding, and I believe it!

"Rachel" said...

Aww, happy anniversary!!!! (I guess I shouldn't have skipped over this in my reader when it popped up Wednesday... serves me right for waiting till MM&M). Your story has been wonderful to read and I love how you closed it out... how it's just beginning. Thanks so much for participating!!!

Lois Lane II said...

Awww...precious! Happy anniversary!

Jill said...

Happy anniversary!