Saturday, January 30, 2010

The daily ONE

Today, instead of listing the top ten reasons I am grateful, I wanted to recognize the one thing I am most grateful for. This one thing has come with a price. It's no wonder one values and appreciates what they work for the most. I am referring to my marriage with my sweet, eternal companion, Dan. Service and complete unselfishness have played a big role in cultivating this into my most cherished relationship. We have been married for almost 6 years now. Infatuation faded quickly, and we had to hold on, and build true love for one another. In the beginning, there were a lot of ups and downs. We felt whipped and lashed around every turn, trying to figure out how to live with another person. It wasn't easy, and mistakes were made along the way. We had to grow and stretch ourselves to become anxiously concerned for the others well being.

During our marriage, Dan and I have often turned to a talk by Elder F. Burton Howard that we have tried to pattern our life and relationship after. He taught that, "If you want something to last forever, you treat it becomes special because you have made it so."

After many years, and a LOT of hard work, I look at our marriage like this picture below. There still will be curves and bumps in the road, but we are allies, hand-in-hand, getting through life together as partners. Instead of working through problems with each other, we are working together to get through the challenges of mortal life. I can truly say that, "Our marriage has become special because we have made it so, and it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by."

I have added the talk Eternal Marriage by Elder F. Burton Howard. It's not too long and is well worth reading. (Sorry, I don't know how to make it into a link- just copy and paste it into your web browser. If anyone knows how to make it a link, let me know!)


k+m said...

i love this! it's so true... married life is tough sometimes, but you have the perfect attitude. that's a fabulous talk too. you two make a great couple.

Mark and Caroline said...

Here's what you can do. add the picture gadget. use one of your pics in the caption i would write clic the pic. then you can use that http address in the link. then you can have that talk on your side bar if you want. that's one way anyway. love you two together. you're beautiful and amazing you you'll make wonderful parents because you try so hard to make a wonderful marriage. i truly beleive that.

Kristin said...

Your words in this post are beautiful. You have grown so much girl. I can't get over it! You are such an amazing that I look up to. And am glad we are friends. I love that you are having so much fun with dan! You two are darling together! I love you and can't wait for your family together!! Text me when you get a chance I need to tell you somethin ;) xoxo

Kristen Jensen said...

This is a really cool post Lindsey. I have heard marriage compared to climbing a mountain and going through 3 stages. Yearning, Earning, and Enduring. Once people start trekking up the mountain with someone and get out of the yearning stage they want to turn back and get in the yearning stage with someone else, but sure enough, once they start trekking the mountain again they get out of that first stage and maybe even into the second. Our society isn't much holding out to climb the whole mountain anymore so it makes me so happy to hear about someone who is. I respect your spirituality because I'm finding less and less people have it. Thanks again for sharing!

Susan said...

If Ive said this once Ive said it a hundred times. You are one smart, amazing girl. Love you and so glad you belong to us.

Jamie said...

linds- that was so beautiful! i really enjoyed reading your thoughts. i love how open you are. you and dan are so cute together and i am just thrilled to hear that you are so happy! you two deserve it!

M and M said...

You two are great! Some day when Dan stops studying so much (so probably never...) we'll need to get together again, it's been a long time!

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