Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Celebrating 20 Years...

Domestic Happiness,  thou only bliss
Of Paradise that has survived the fall!
Though few now taste thee unimpair’d and pure,
Or tasting long enjoy thee! too infirm,
Or too incautious, to preserve thy sweets
Unmix’d with drops of bitter, which neglect
Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup;
Thou art the nurse of Virtue, in thine arms
She smiles, appearing, as in truth she is,
Heaven-born, and destined to the skies again.
Thou art not known where Pleasure is adored,
That reeling goddess with the zoneless waist
And wandering eyes, still leaning on the arm
Of Novelty, her fickle, frail support;
For thou art meek and constant, hating change,
And finding in the calm of truth-tried love
Joys that her stormy raptures never yield.
Forsaking thee, what shipwreck have we made
Of honour, dignity, and fair renown!
   - Cowper, The Task, Part III The Garden
 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

                                                                         - Paul to the Galatians

It always astounds me - the reflection of marriage and the mystery of being imago Dei-

One last thought - Man, we were young, thin..and what was I thinking with that headpiece - YeeKs!. 


Trisha said...

Happy Anniversary, dear JoJo!! I think your wedding picture is marvelous! May God bless you with many more years of loving one another and growing in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Love and hugs!

Susan said...

You were beautiful then and now!

EJN said...

Trisha - Thank you - yes, we would love 20 more years or 30 even - if the Lord so allows! Love to you!

Thank you, it is funny to see how times flies!
Blessings to you!

Diane said...

Jojo, Happy belated anniversary!
You two are adorable.
(Hey, who wasn't skinnier that many years ago? haha!)
May the Lord bless you with many more happy years sister!

momto8 said...

happy anniversary!