Thursday, February 12, 2009

This is what True Love looks like...

Aren't they beautiful to look at? My Grandparents. The best example of true, committed, keep moving forward, stick together, still make my stomach have butterflies, take care of you, finish what we started, forgiving, long suffering, best friend, FOR ALL OF OUR DAYS kind of love!! Can you imagine having the same Valentine for 60 years?? Can you imagine loving someone the way you said you would when you took your vows? In all the good times and all the bad. In sickness or in health...even when you don't know how many years you will get of each. I hope that is what we look like to our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Idea #10
Find someone who you can model your marriage after. A couple who has loved through many years...a lot happens in a lifetime. People who went the distance...just held each other's hand as they went. People who protected their love.

"People who don't ever quit each other"
(Brandon Gimse, 6 years old when asked what he thinks being married is.)

To my grandparents...thanks for "not quitting each other", for loving each other well, for letting no one else put assunder, for showing me what true love really looks like!

I love how beautifully the "Love Chapter" reads from the Message Bible:
1 Corinthians 13 (The Message)
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
Love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always "me first,"
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies


Trisha said...

Thanks for this, Cher. Grandma and Grandpa really are the BEST. I'm crying now and praying one of my grandkids will write something like this about us in 56 yrs :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cher! It may be too late for my kids and grandkids to say anything remotely close to this about me, but I hope and pray that their kids and grandkids, will somday say this about them! Love you,Auntie Lin

Anonymous said...

Hey darling...I finally can leave a comment! I am glad that you and Erik did not quit eachother :)

3 little and 2 big liks said...

glad to see you back on here!! i've been checking for days. :)

my grandparents both had a love like your grandparents. what an amazing legacy!!

my parents are also that kind of example. i hope i never take forgranted what a gift that is. i hope and pray that my boys will someday say the same of us.

how was your trip? was hoping i would see you. sorry i missed you.

Mom and Dad Black said...

Our precious Cher; we are a puddle right now. I was and am incredibly blessed to have grandma and grandpa for my parents. They have truly been an amazing example of unending love. Our heart's desire is that someday our grandchildren will be echoing your words..."nana and papa went the distance...they never quit each other". You're right; a lot happens in a life time~ some over the top wonderful...and some...down right ugly; but, God knows our imperfections and is always there to pick us up, dust us off and put our feet on the right path again. Happy Valentine's Day! Now abides faith, hope and love~ but, the greatest of these is love!