Renew It Baby

Today my Mom and Stepdad renewed their wedding vows at church.My mom looked beautiful and Ward was so handsome.On October 5th they will be married for 20 years.That might not seem like a long time to some people but it certainly is to them.They have both been through a lot in their lives and have overcome many hardships.Ward lost his first wife to a terrible illness and a son that was killed in a motorcycle accident that he still gets emotional about and it happened years ago.My mom has been married to more than one loser that made her and my sisters and I have years of a living nightmare.Both of them deserve to have the rest of their lives on earth happy and for the most part I think they have been.Mom has teased us because no matter what they have ever had a disagreement about we always take Wards side.I think that makes her happy because she knows that she finally gave us the father figure most of us have longed for.I thank God that they have each other and are not alone.Ward is now battling cancer and I so hope he wins.My mom loves him so much.She is always saying how she is trying this and that to help him because she just wants to save his life.God gives them both so much strength and I am so thankful for that.They go about living everyday and I couldn’t be prouder of them.It was so sweet to see them renew their vows in front of all of us.They held hands and my mom looked radiant.All of my sisters except one was there and I know my mom was glowing because of it.I just wish we would have known ahead of time so we could have planned a little surprise for them,but then Ward doesn’t really like crowds so I guess it was ok.Mom said she was wearing the same dress she wore when they went on their first date.I wonder were they went as the dress was really fancy.I am sure knowing my stepdad it was some place nice.I even got a thumbs up from Ward after church so he was happy with the renewal.I sure am glad we are all a package deal because with the drama that can go on in this family it’s a wonder he didn’t bail.Marriage is a lot of work,but so much fun too.I remember my mom telling me about one of my aunt and uncles fighting.She said they fought hard and they loved hard and maybe that is the door you have to go through to get to the wonderful years that Al and I have now.I love him so much that I can see us holding each others hands  in front of the kids renewing our vows when we are in our seventies.He will be thinking that I never blew out the candles at home and the house is on fire and I will be wondering if everyone is noticing how chubby I look in whatever I am wearing.We will both forget what we were going to say.I will be bawling.He will have that scared look on his face he gets or better yet have a sneezing attack likes he does.I cannot do it.The kids are just going to have to find another way to honor our long blessed marriage.Maybe they could send us on a cruise—————– ya, that would be great.No what a minute then I would have to get that freaking bathing suit out again.Why do things have to be so complicated?

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