Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

30 Years - I Would Still Say "I Do"

Below is the most  beautiful wedding song in the world, my husband the composer.  The words seem to hold more significance today than when they were so tenderly song by a life-long friend 30 years ago.

To My Knight in Shining Armor...I LOVE YOU and would say "I Do" all over again.

"Once in Every Life" by William G. Wright

Flowers lay on the ground, white lace adorns her gown.
Down thru the ages precious this time when love ones are gathered round.
Quietly vows are made,
Silently prayers are prayed,
Spirits united, living as one, now on the alter laid...

Once in every life, someone comes along and love begins.
Once in every life, dreamers make their dreams come true.
Passing down of life unending,
God's eternal plan for man.
Still the same through time descending,
Starts with just the holding of a hand...

After the last "I Do,"
Love will come shining through.
Hope for tomorrow,
Joy for today,
Life will begin anew.
Even as years will pass,
The flame kindled here will last.
God's perfect union, holy, devine, 
It's richness is unsurpassed...
Once in every life,
Dreamers make their dream come true.                                 

What is life without the living,
Daring to be someone new?
What is life without the giving?
Sharings only possible with two...

Once in every life 
Someone comes along and love begins
Through the joy and through the strife,
This love will last forever
Now as man and wife,
A bond no one can sever.
God's true love comes only                                                                    
Once in every life

Our 20th Anniversary in Hawaii.

The gift for a 30 year wedding anniversary is a pearl.  Knowing the pearl story makes the gift even more appropriate, because only through different struggles in a marriage can we enjoy the jewel it produces.

So this weekend we leave to go back to where our love ignited.

Hand in hand, strolling down over 30 years of memories will bring us back to younger years.  Gazing in each other's eyes with desire that has been tried and true will remind us of the foundation our love was built on.  Laughing at how things have changed, as well as us, will remind us how physically everything changes. Returning home, having recalled our vows and God's faithfulness, we will have rekindled our love and commitment to our marriage covenant.  An anniversary celebrated with each other will establish once again why I said, "I do".

25 Joining in with more words:

GapGirl said...

I needed to read this, thank you... was just reading peoples blogs where they think marriage is optional... so refreshing to see you and your hubby celebrating 30 years. You should be PROUD!!! CONGRATS and enjoy!!!

Debbie said...

Happy 30th Anniversary! That is terrific. Marriage isn't easy; it takes work on the part of both. I love the song and how you would still say "I Do" again. :)

Blessings and love,

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

What a very very special post. Inspiring as always! LOVE the song and appreciate that you shared so much here (and in previous posts abut you and MIL). You n hubby have aged sooo well - such a beautiful couple! No wonder the passion's still alive! ;-) I hope you CELEBRATE all you have created together and enjoy many many many more happy years.

WesternWoodburner said...

Happy Anniversary! Nice song your husband wrote. I especially like the part:

Through the joy and through the strife,
This love will last forever
Now as man and wife,
A bond no one can sever.

Theresa said...

Happy 30th Anniversary! What a beautiful song and beautiful pictures. You can see the special love you two share.

alicia said...

What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing. 30 years is no easy feat, but you've done it. And you look amazing btw.

Barbie said...

Congratulations on 30 years. I love the song your husband wrote. Very touching.

Janna said...

Praise God! What a special post that took 30 years to make. The pictures enhance the story so much.

Debbie said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both!! 30years, how wonderful. The song your hubby wrote is just soo good. How wonderous to have that. I loved the pics as well. What a good looking couple you are. I have a feeling you are an inspiration to many. May the Lord bless you and make His face to shine upon you now and for many more years to come! Love, Debbie

Sonja said...

That was a tear jerker in the most beautiful way! What a story, and there is ALWAYS a story... many chapters of life woven together. This is a beautiful tribute - to BOTH of you!! Happy, happy nniversary!!



Sassy Granny ... said...

Wonderful photos! You two have aged gracefully together, and I even think I detect a spark in those eyes.

Congratulations. By any standard, 30 years is a remarkable milestone.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both! And I love the pictures! Enjoy your time. Look forward to talking to you when you get back.


e-Mom said...

Aw...beautiful! Just beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Congratulations on 30 years. We're peers!

Recently, I wrote about our honeymoon. Come take a peek when you get a chance.

(((Hugs))) ღ

Kathy said...

Our anniversary is around the corner - It is a wonderful thing to be married for 30 years and to know you are very blessed! My daughter just got engaged Friday! Her fiance' came by a few weeks before to ask permission - we cautioned - in our eyes-Marriage is a covenant promise.
He's a wonderful man - we thank God for him!!!
I am thankful I stopped by,
God Bless you,

Vickie said...

Hi Janette! Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by! Congratulations on 30 years of marriage! Isn't it nice to be able to say that you'd do it all over again? My hubby and I will celebrate 32 years next month. Don't know what I'd do without him. He is my life! (besides the Lord, you know, but that goes without saying...) Best wishes for another 30! My parents just celebrated 55. We threw a huge reception for them at 50, and I told them that if they made it to 60, we were going to throw another one! You have a lovely blog, Janette & I look forward to reading more! Vickie

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a beautiful song. Congratulations on 30 years!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thank you all so much....we had a very special time this year. God is so faithful

Debi said...

What a lovely recap of you 30 yrs!!
You're going to laugh - you know we just celebrated ours as well and have a trip planned later. Guess what our daughter's giving us for a gift ... a photo shoot!! This is really getting funny.
Thanks for all the good ideas. :)))

Anonymous said...

Happy 30th!! Hope your time away together is everything you want it to be!

Love you so much Janette, aka Lucy,

Diane, aka Ethel

Nana said...

Sorry I am so late at looking at your blog post! What a sweet one. God is so good to us, isn't HE? Amazing to see how perfectly He plans and cares for us.
It looks like you had a great time celebrating and I loved all the pix...Blessing, blessings overtake you again the next 30.
sue anne

Holly Williams Urbach said...

Bill looks like Tim McGraw in those pictures with the goatee!

Happy 30th to you both!

Mom2three said...

We just celebrated 20 years yesterday. I loved seeing your pictures through the years and seeing the testimony of your love and commitment.

Paula said...

What a wonderful love story!! May our gracious Father bless you with many more happy years together.

Amy said...

I am so impressed, girl! This blog is so good. Will be visiting often to see what all you are up to. 30 years together is a big accomplishment! So proud of the two of you for sticking together through the good as well as the hard times. Very encouraging!!
Love you!

Thoughts for the day said...

I just read this and said OH WOW> WE just had our 37th anniversary. Isn't awesome to remember how far we have come as a couple? I loved your pictures.

Congratulations...Sharon O

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