Saturday, July 25, 2015

12 year Wedding Anniversary

 Twelve years ago today, Scott and I were sealed (married for time and all eternity) in the Washington DC, LDS temple. 
 In celebration, and as is tradition, we went to the temple and did sealings today so that we could remember the promises we made to the Lord and each other all those years ago.

“Marriage is a gift from God to us; the quality of our marriages is a gift from us to Him.” L. Whitney Clayton

It was the best decision I've ever made because it has blessed my life every day since. Not that every day is all sweetness and roses, but most days are, because we both work hard to make it that way :).

“A good marriage requires time. It requires effort. You have to work at it. You have to cultivate it. You have to forgive and forget. You have to be absolutely loyal one to another.” Gordon B. Hinckley

We've made a lot of memories over the years, and we've grown closer to each other and the Lord as we've faced life's challenges together.

“Marriage is a relationship that cannot survive selfishness, impatience, domineering, inequality, and lack of respect. Marriage is a relationship that thrives on acceptance, equality, sharing, giving, helping, doing one’s part, learning together, enjoying humor.” David O. McKay

My great niece, Stephany, who is in her twenties, visited us a few years back and stayed for a week. One afternoon, as the family was washing up dishes together, she said something like, "You two have such a good marriage. You're always so respectful and kind to one another. I want a marriage like that someday." Marriage can be such a beautiful thing, and it's always been a huge blessing in our lives and that's because we always put the Savior first. Picture in your mind, a triangle, with Jesus at the top and you and your spouse at the base, one at each corner, across from one another. As you both draw closer to the Savior, moving up the line of that triangle toward Him, you also simultaneously, draw closer to each other.

“Husbands and wives who love each other will find that love and loyalty are reciprocated. This love will provide a nurturing atmosphere for the emotional growth of children. Family life should be a time of happiness and joy that children can look back on with fond memories and associations.” Ezra Taft Benson

I certainly enjoy this guys company :). We've grown so alike over the years, with the things we like to do and also in our thinking. Many of our dates involve some sort of physical activity, from hiking, to snowshoeing, skiing, to rock climbing, walks, bike rides, horse-back riding, going to the gym etc, and many of them also involve food...  we love both :).

“We are responsible for the home we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth.” Thomas S. Monson

Happy Anniversary Dear! With you by my side, home truly is a bit of heaven on earth! 

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