Saturday, March 5, 2011

37 Roses for 37 Years of Married Life

Sometimes in life, special things happen to us that make us feel lucky to be alive.

One of those happenings occurred for me this week.  Tuesday marked 37 years since my husband and I got married. In some ways, it seemed like yesterday since we said our vows yet, in other ways, the 37 years felt like they made their mark in our lives.

Coming home from a business class, I walked into the kitchen and found a vase filled with 37 roses! Yes, there was one rose for every single year we have been married.


"The colors are mixed," my sweet husband said, "just as the years have been mixed."

 Some years brought immense blessings, including the births of our two precious (now adult) children. Other years almost broke us apart since there were so many disappointments, struggles, and seemingly unsolvable problems. Like the flowers in that big old vase, we rallied through.

In the bouquet are my favorite pink roses, sunshiny yellow, and pristine white.  They are interspersed with baby's breath and greenery.

My heart continues to overflow with love for my husband, with whom I've spent more than half my life.
He is faithful, generous, kind, loving, and warm-hearted.  With the humblest of hearts, I can say that my life is richly blessed and for that, I am deeply grateful.

If anyone were to ask me the "secret" of staying married to the same man for 37 years, my answer would come without hesitation. It would be to keep Almighty God at the center of your marriage. Turn all problems over to Him and give Him thanks for all the rich blessings that the years will bring.

With deep joy, I share the roses with each of you, dear readers, and  hope that seeing such beauty will lift your spirits on this day of life.


Rebecca said...

What a beautiful and well-thought-out bouquet! You are SO right about the "secret" of long-term and happy marriages, Susan.

Congratulations to the two of you.

Barb Hodges said...

Susan, congratulations to you both!! What a beautiful analogy between your marriage and the roses. May the blessings continue to abound.

From the Kitchen said...

The roses are lovely! Your reflection on the years are lovely as well. Happy anniversary!


Bookie said...

Lovely roses, yellow ones are my favorite. How lucky you are to have such a loving husband.

Thanks for the email!

middle child said...

Your secret for a long happy marraige? You certainly got that right! I also wanted to say that when I saw the picture of that first rose,...I honestly thought I could smell it! I know that's weird but,...

Linda O'Connell said...

Happy anniversary and blessings to you for many more happy years.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy Anniversary and many more wonderful years to come.

Kathy said...

Congratulations Susan - Happy Anniversary - wishing you many, many more years - I agree with you whole-heartedly - we have to have God in the center and be committed to Him and to each other - it's a marvelous thing!
God Bless & HUGS,

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary, dear Susan! What an incredibly beautiful and meaningful bouquet! You sound like you have a very loving and romantic hubby. I love how you have put words to your post! You write like a poet!
I agree whole heartedly about putting God at the center of one's marriage! He makes ALL the difference! Happy Pink Saturday and thank you so much for your visit and sweet words concerning my little angel.

Blessings and hugs,

Susan said...

Hi Everyone! So happy to start my day by reading your sweet comments, to date. Thank you for all your compliments, shares, and kindness. How much I appreciate each one of your comments, you will never know!

I want to welcome Sandi, this blog's 194th Follower from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Thank you for Following, Sandi. It will be wonderful to have you!

Hope you all have a great day today! Love, Susan

diane stetson said...

Beautiful flowers, wonderful husband, fabulous post....Happy happy anniversary Susan.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lovely post! How sweet of him to gather the roses. I love the meaning of the mixed colors. Sweet! hugs, Linda

Chatty Crone said...

*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸❤ ☺ ♪ HaPpY AnnIverSary to YOU! ❤¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸❤ ☺ ♫HaPpY AnnIverSary
,to You ❤¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸❤ ☺ ♪ HaPpY AnnIverSary
to Susan ❤¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸❤ ☺ Happy AnnIverSary
to You aanndd mannyy morree
(and to hubby too).

My lame attempt at singing for you. My grandson loves your singing and heplays it about 3 times a day!


Carolyn said...

Hi Susan,
Happy anniversary! I love the tribute to your husband and of course I love your beautiful bouquet too. I hope you and your husband enjoy many more happy years together.


Susan said...

Susan your roses are beautiful! Your hubby is a sweetie for remembering your anniversary!! What a thoughtful gift.

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