". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Twenty-Four and Counting

(Rerunning this post, updated, from three years ago.)

Once there was a little girl named Cheryl . . .


. . . and a little boy named Phillip.

Cheryl lived in Texas. Phillip lived in lots of places--Virginia, Malta, Maine, Nebraska--until one day, he too came to reside in the Lone Star State.

Cheryl & Phillip both loved playing the piano--so much so that they ended up majoring in music at the same school. When Cheryl was a freshman and Phil was a sophomore, they met and became friends.


Then they became more than friends. . .

. . . and the day came when they invited all their loved ones to come to a wedding! First was the rehearsal . . .


. . . then the wedding. Phew! We did it!


It was a grand day, with cake, punch, music . . .


. . . and lots of friends and family.


When the festivities were over, Cheryl and Phil made a quick getaway . . .


. . . and drove off to start their new life.

In time there was a baby . . .


. . . and another . . .




. . . and another.


Phil and Cheryl lived happily ever after, turning one year of marriage into five, ten, fifteen, twenty, and as of today, twenty-four.

Happy anniversary to the one and only love of my life, the one who completes my days, and without whom I can't imagine living. As we stand on the threshhold of the next twenty-five years, I can't wait to see what lies ahead.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." (Jeremiah 29:11-12)

20 comments:

Polly said...

I really enjoyed this post Cheryl. Wishing you many more happy years!

Susan K said...

Happy Anniversary!

And I cannot beLIEVE these pictures. You've both aged well, especially Phil. Seriously.

:)

Andrea said...

Happy anniversary to a wonderful couple! I also loved the pictures, and I agree with Susan that Phil has aged well, but I would add that Cheryl hasn't aged at all!

If Trevor were in 8th grade, I'm sure you would have been spending your weekend at the K-8 scholastic chess championships, which are taking place today and tomorrow.

I hope you're getting to do something for yourselves this weekend. Wishing you many more joyful years together.

All the best,
Andi Rosen

Laura said...

Cheryl,

How fun to share a little bit of your life with all of us! The pictures were great and you were (are) a beautiful bride! Congratulations!
Laura

Chris said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Have a repentful then joyous Holy Week!

Jane said...

Happy Anniversary! I loved seeing the pictures.

Marie N. said...

A wonderful story, told in pictures even! Happy anniversary!

Kelly said...

Congratulations! Happy Anniversary : )

Melody said...

What great pictures, Cheryl! Congratulations and AT LEAST 21 more! If you check my blog today, you'll see I borrowed an idea from you...Thanks!

Dan at Necessary Roughness said...

Congratulations, and great pictures!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. What delightful photos!

Jeannette

Elizabeth said...

Happy anniversary

Dave Lambert said...

Congratulations!

mm1985 said...

Cheryl,

You are just as beautiful today as you were on your wedding day. You and Phil look the same to me. God's richest blessings to both of you.

Michelle

Untamed Shrew said...

I heart poofy sleeves. Happy anniversary!

Cheryl said...

Thank you, everyone!

Leah said...

Happy Anniversary Cheryl!! (I love seeing people's wedding pictures. :)

Steve Martin said...

Happy belated anniversary!

God bless you both!

Steve Martin said...

PS- I checked out your blogroll, and we are pretty much on the same page, politically and theologically.

I'll be back to peruse your site.

Thanks!

Cate said...

What a lovely post. Happy (belated) anniversary!