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Nineteen Years of Matrimony

Today is my 19th Wedding Anniversary. My husband and I butt heads and lock horns as much as any other couple, but I love him with every molecule in my being. Ours was a whirlwind romance. I met him on New Years Eve. We were engaged on Valentine’s Day. We were married in October of the same year.

I had been married to him for two months before I had known him for a year. The heart knows love when it’s presented. Love is the easy part. The rest of the relationship requires sacrifice, dedication, patience, compromise, humor, and compassion. We’ve been doing all of that for the past 19 years.

Today’s Ozarks Maven is dedicated to my husband, Jim. He supports my quirky creative eccentricities with as much amiability as possible. He may not always understand me, but he does his best to help me realize my dreams anyway. That’s love.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning says it best.

How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise. I love thee with the passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.

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