THIS WE DO FOR US  By Lori A Alicea

Just a mere three weeks away.

Only three weeks and counting, yet my husband and I have been longing and aching this day for months.

From the calendar of our hearts a save the date has been sent to reserve a couple’s corner of heaven every year for the past twenty-nine.

Twenty-nine years ago this weekend was celebrated as Sweetest Day.

Twenty-nine years ago this weekend was also celebrated as our Wedding Day.
Every year following, our anniversary has been cherished and honored as the sweetest day the Lord has blessed two people head over heels in love with.

Love is a gift we never want to take for granted.

Hence, we return to the place where our love began and plan this homecoming year after to year, watching the delicate bud of our lives together become a rose of splendor in our watering with time, patience, intentional acts of kindness and prayer.

A few minutes ago, my husband sent me these roses of words regarding our anniversary, not knowing I was also gathering a basket full of roses for him in my words.
There’s just something special about this quaint little town whose hospitality wraps their arms around us as old friends.

It’s the gift we give to ourselves.

It’s what we do for us.
An old fashion cottage overlooking the lake and the center of attention throughout our anniversary weekend, whose waves and playlist of music will lull to sleep or serenade us honeymooners for life.

Hand in hand wherever we go, though barefoot along the shore in wait for the tide to rush our feet, or side by side we sit in quiet as the sun nods off for sleep.

Time has been good to us.

Though time has aged and refined itself thru our mirrored reflections, our love has stood the test of time and anchored us during the most turbulent of times, remaining strong as the three-stranded cord not easily broken.

Every year our anniversary hearts leave behind a sand message written for those passing by after us, inspiring hope to those who may have given up on true love for themselves.
Such is the power of the written word.

Much like the arrows which pierced my heart through the words from a Valentine card my husband gave me early on in our relationship.

When I think about our future,
I just have to smile because I know
We still have so much more to look forward to
In our real life dream come true.

With David’s handwritten sentiment…

To love you is to live.
I love you forever.

Wedding anniversaries are a couple’s homecoming to remember when God set aflame His love in two hearts intertwined as one.

Every anniversary we unwrap the gift of marriage we were blessed to have been given by our Almighty God and thank Him for another year together.

Anniversaries take us back to our wedding day at the altar, remembering the words a bride and groom vowed to each other as a lifelong covenant between these two.

Enclosed is an excerpt of my wedding vows to my husband David from twenty-nine years ago to remind myself…

You fit the mold He made for me,
He found the perfect choice.
How my heart does skip a beat,
Just hearing your sweet voice.

So tender are the words you speak,
The meaning they impart.
Your eyes illuminate my soul,
And ravish through my heart.

Because of this I want to give,
To you my everything.
I want to live my life with you,
From summer though the spring.

I count it all but blessed joy,
A privilege for me.
To know and serve your every need,
Though times you may not see.

For you I’ll burn a lasting flame,
It’s warmth will be my love.
If you would ever feel a chill,
These words remind me of.

We’ve been celebrating all summer long in great anticipation for our twenty-ninth wedding anniversary getaway to Our Place.

This we do for us.

Just a mere three weeks away.

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Author Lori A Alicea and her beloved husband David of 29 years thank you for sharing a moment of your day with them at Apples of Gold Encouragement. It is their desire you experience their heart for family, love, encouragement and God through the words God has put on Lori’s heart to write. They are hopeful you discover a few treasures of encouragement, realizing we all share common threads in our lives. Be blessed in your day.

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