Thursday, July 19, 2012

10 years

July 20 marks ten years of marriage to my very best friend. 

A decade of laughter, learning to communicate, occasional Tupperware thrown across the room.  Three children by birth, one more by adoption, and a fifth child still growing in the womb.  Several church transitions.  A PhD earned, and a "real" career finally begun.  Looking to graduate to a bigger house after nine blessed years in this one.  Crazy, exhausting work.  A whole lot of joy.  Gallons of tears. 

We're still right in the middle of the hardest season of our lives, this insane heat and drought a fitting metaphor for the current state of our souls.  No, there's no luxurious tenth anniversary cruise on the horizon.  I'm pretty sure dinner is shaping up to be frozen pizza and bagged salad.  It's also Hummus Girl's fifth birthday; Princess Firecracker's third birthday is on Sunday.  So we'll celebrate our girls on Saturday evening.  I haven't even bought my love a card.  He asked me this morning what I might like for a gift. 

Oh, I know to many that sounds horrendous.  So unromantic.  Lackluster.  Unloving, even.  Let's just say it's a good thing we're so well matched.  Right now we're just trying to survive.  Together.  There'll be time for just won't be this weekend, I'm guessing.  And possibly not until 2013. 

Wish I could express my thoughts any better than this song by Sara Groves, but I don't think I'll try.  It says everything about the way my husband's love strengthens me.  I hope I make him feel the same way.  Happy anniversary, Dr. Husband.  (This is your card.) 

Speak in a summer tone
Pause in the after glow
Tenderly whisper my name
Tell me once again why I am your bride
So I can fly
So I can fly

Pause in your busy day
Look extra long my way
Wink at me across the room
Kiss me longer
Touch my arm when I am by your side
So I can fly
So I can fly

Oh how the little things
Strengthen my tiny wings
Help me to take on the world
When you love me there's nothing I wouldn't try
I might even fly
I might even fly
I might even fly.


D said...

Well said dear daughter! He who finds a wife, finds a "good thing"! Vince and you are so beautifully Hmatched that your expressed feelings aren't any surprise to either of you.

Happy, fulfilling, joyful and beautiful 10 anniversary!

a blog full of weldons. said...

I love this post. our anniversary is in two weeks and we were chuckling at the thought of going away together like our friends are all doing...just doesn't fit in our season...but that's ok. frozen pizza and bag salad works just fine. because you are in it together. what better way to celebrate your love than to be present in current life. much love to you friend!!

Rita and John said...

Oh, Jerusha, this is a beautiful anniversary "card." I hope your husband likes it. Happy anniversary and best wishes for many more! (And frozen pizza is one of our favorite dinners.)

Melanie said...

I love that song. Our 10th anniversary was in December and was very similar. Minus the vomiting child. When we got married, 10 years sounded so far away...we were sure we'd have plenty of money for a lovely trip together, maybe a cruise. As far as I remember, we didn't even get dinner alone. And that was ok. :-)