My grandparents were married well over a half century. We were blessed this year to see my parents and in-laws each celebrate their Golden Anniversaries Back then, marriage was for life. There was never an "option" in "case things didn't work the way you envisioned." Our ancestors were very smart. They KNEW that relationships and marriages are NEVER "what you envisioned". Neither is life. But with work, devotion, loyalty, and a belief that love conquers all, it can be better than you ever envisioned.
17 years ago today I married the love of my life. It hasn't been at all "what I envisioned". I never envisioned finding him after a marriage that didn't work out and left me with 3 young boys to raise.
I never envisioned finding a man who would love those boys every bit as much as I do.
I never envisioned discovering that it would take countless fertility treatments and tears together to bring home 2 more- and then getting surprise # 6!
I never envisioned him holding my head as everything in me came up after chemo treatments
I never envisioned the sheer joy on his face when our grand-princess calls and says "Hi Grandpa! I miss you!"
I never envisioned this love.
We've been blessed to see one of our sons marry his teen sweetheart and I DO envision a long, happy life for them- they know what it takes.
Today we will celebrate at home. Another thing we didn't envision this week was this household being decimated by a VERY nasty stomach bug. That's okay- we'll deal with it together.
Dinner today: Boeuf Bourgignon (Beef Stew to my hubby- he SWEARS he doesn't like French food, so I don't tell him he does!).
An onion tart.
And my special Bavarian Sponge Cake with Chocolate Buttercream for my chocoholic honey
Buon Alimento, Buon Amici,
Pattie and Allie