During my fall cleaning this week I came across our wedding vows. I thought it was quite appropriate since we are leaving in thirteen days for our honeymoon. Looking at each of our vows on paper is interesting because it reflects each of our personalities, especially in the length. It was also interesting because I think I didn't take all that much longer to recite my vows because I talked so much faster!Enjoy.
Chuck's Wedding Vows:
Christine, you are the one for whom I waited and I take you as my wife today, my lifelong friend, love, and partner.
I promise to support you in all that you do, to encourage you, and to try and inspire you.
I promise to care for you when you need it and to let you take care of me when I'm in need.
I promise to try to make you laugh, and try harder not to make you cry.
I promise to always listen to your questions and concerns, and to try really hard to respond to them in a timely fashion.
I promise to always appreciate how lucky I am, to love you, and to show that love to you each and every day, in the winter as well as the summer, and on rainy days as well as sunny ones, forever.
All I have, all that I am, all that I will be, is yours.
Chris's Wedding Vows
Love by Roy Croft
I love you not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.
I love you not only for what you have made of yourself but for what you are making of me.
I love you for the part of me that you bring out.
I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart
And passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can't help dimly seeing there
And for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find.
I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern, but a temple.
Out of the works of my every day
Not a reproach, but a song.
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good
And more than any fate could have done to make me happy.
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign.
You have done it by being yourself.
So I Christine, take you Chuck, to be my husband. For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health. On this day I promise to be faithful and true to you and only you.
I promise to step outside of myself in order to meet your needs and our needs as a couple.
I also promise to never interrupt or start a conversation during a Celtics play-off game. But only the play off games.
I promise you that I will never take our love for granted.
I promise, from this day forward, to never ever complain about you messing up my bed pillows at night, when all you want to do is be close to me.
I promise that whenever necessary, I will put your children’s needs before my own.
I promise to treat your children and their sisters with the same amount of caring and respect that you treat them with.
I promise to trust you implicitly and without reservation.
I promise to always be your best friend. The person you can count on to confide in and to lift you up when you are down. I will be the gentle hand in the middle of the night and your port in every storm. I promise to do my best to make the rest of our lives together full of joy and laughter. I will always honor our marriage and I will love you all the days of my life.