That’s the one we’re having! I think it’s lovely. 🙂
These were our two runners up:
The Art Of Marriage by Wilfred A. Peterson
The little things are the big things.<br /> It is never being too old to hold hands. <br /> It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day. <br /> <br /> It is never going to sleep angry. <br /> It is at no time taking the other for granted; <br /> the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, <br /> it should continue through all the years. <br /> <br /> It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. <br /> It is standing together facing the world. <br /> It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. <br /> It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, <br /> but in the spirit of joy. <br /> <br /> It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating <br /> gratitude in thoughtful ways. <br /> It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. <br /> It is not looking for perfection in each other. <br /> <br /> It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. <br /> It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. <br /> It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. <br /> <br /> It is finding room for the things of the spirit. <br /> It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.<br /> It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. <br /> It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
From “Union”, by Robert Fulghum
“You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way.
All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart.
All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’vepromised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years.
Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this – is my wife.”