Twelve years ago today, Scott and I were sealed (married for time and all eternity) in the Washington DC, LDS temple.
“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
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
“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!