Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad
Today my parents would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.
My grandparents are moving and in the midst of my mom helping her mom pack, they found my mom's cake topper from her wedding cake. My grandma said she was saving it to give to me for my wedding day, but with the move, she said I might as well have it now. God only knows if I'll ever get married at this rate, but I loved receiving the cake topper for all that it symbolized.
No, my parents marriage wasn't perfect, it was certainly a roller coaster ride to watch as I grew up, but ultimately, it taught me that marriage is always worth sticking it out until the end. No matter what, for better or worse, for rich or for poor, in sickness and in health. Especially sickness. Though the last year of my dad's life was the hardest year our family has experienced, it was the most beautiful in how I saw the strength of my parents love more than I ever had before. I saw in that last year that love isn't the perfect Hollywood "and they lived happily ever after" ending.
Love is crying together when you hear the news. Love is taking your partner to chemo. Love is finding them attractive when they have no hair. Love is stroking their hand when all is left is skin and bones. Love is changing their clothes when they have no strength left. Love is continuing to make them food even when they have no appetite to eat for weeks. Love is creating a blog to ask the world to pray for them. Love is holding their hand and singing them sweet songs about Jesus as they take their last breath.
Getting to witness the beauty of the end of my parents marriage as my dad went home with the Lord, it made me appreciate that much more the beauty of the beginning of each marriage that I have the privilege to document as a wedding photographer. I believe there is no greater gift the Lord has created than the gift of marriage.
My mom wrote a sweet letter to my dad on her blog. You can read the tearjerker at:
Happy Anniversary mom and dad!