When my husband and I got married, we chose to use the traditional church vows.
I wonder if that is surprising considering my love of words and writing?
There's a number of reasons why we decided to go this route, but ultimately I just really liked the promises in the traditional vows, and I wanted to say the same words to him that generations of couples had said before us.
My favorite part of those vows?
To have and to hold, from this day forward.
I mean, what an overwhelming comfort that is! Tossing aside for a moment, all of the other situations we promised to love each other through, this part meant simply that we were each other's comfort - forever.
To have and to hold.
It's a simple, but beautiful sentiment. Something I think about every year on our Anniversary.
We are so lucky that his Grandma hand stitched a beautiful wall hanging with this quote on it for our wedding gift. I think our wedding may have been the last one she attended before she passed, which makes it even more valuable. I love it so much, and I'm so thankful to have this sweet reminder - both of her, and of my favorite of the promises we made to each other.
As of yesterday, we've been "having and holding" each other for the past nine years. There are certainly days where we drive each other ca-razy, but they've been an amazing, abundant 3,289 days.
And I'm so grateful that I get to have and hold him for years and years to come.