"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two." -St. Augustine
Praise God for parents that are one tree and not two! I know that I am very very blessed to have parents that are still married. In a time where divorce rates are through the roof and commitment is a four-letter-word...it is all the more important to see that it's possible...it's possible to stay married...to become one person...to be a family. I'm not judging anyone that is divorced or whose parents are divorced...I really am not...but I am taking a moment to give some big props to my folks for sticking together through some super duper hard times. They have shown me that you really can make it through things that might seem like deal-breakers. Thank you Mom and Dad for loving eachother (honestly...it's kinda discusting how lovey-dovey you two are!) through thick and thin, sickness and health, richer or poorer, the good times and the bad! Thank you for making our family a priority. Thank you for refusing to give up even when it might have seemed easier at the time. Thank you for growing into one strong tree that can withstand the wind, rain, and cold. When things, people, and life tried to seperate you...your roots grew deeper...your branches closer together. No tree can survive without the Sun, and I thank God that His Son is the center of your strong marriage. Through the Son you gain strength, wisdom, love, forgiveness, patience, and kindness. You've shown me that all things are possible with God...as individuals...and as a pair. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for not running away when the pretty petals fell to the ground. Thank you for enduring the pain of growth. Thank you for not caring what other people thought. Thank you for believing that God is good and faithful. Thank you for loving eachother. Thank you for loving me.