Dec 7, 1991 a girl faced a boy and they made some promises to one another.
It was 35 degrees C
200 people were watching
They believed in the optimism of the day. Their youth and audacity made them bold, reckless, brave.
Dec 7, 2016 a woman faces a man and together they are deeply grateful that despite what the intervening years have brought them, the promises have endured.
It's about to start snowing
No one's looking.
It is too hard for me to say in words or even with my voice, what is in my heart today.
To have walked these 25 years with Allan learning to be myself, learning how to be a partner, how to be a mother. In these years I have changed so much, grown so much, had some of my lowest lows and highest highs. We have shared so many "once in a lifetime" moments, made so many memories.
We have failed ourselves and one another at times. We have lost our way and one another for a time or two.
We have endured with and for each other.
Today we are the sum of all of those moments.
Even the ones I wished away at the time. We have a marriage that is a topographical map of our combined lives - valleys and mountaintops and long flat plains. Rivers, oceans, meadows... we are uniquely all of them.
Today we face each other feeling deeply deeply grateful that our journey is still with one another.
We are deeply grateful for our beautiful children who are the best of us.
Deeply grateful for our sets of parents who both have been beacons we can calibrate to.
Deeply grateful for family, friends, community who have walked parts of this journey with us, held us up, given us strength, laughed and cried with us. Listened, counselled, loved us.
Our faith in God, our faith in the best in one another, our faith that love conquers all were are travelling partners on the journey.
We chose love Dec 7, 1991.
We chose it for 9,125 intervening days
We choose it again today.
I did, I do, I will Love you.