Monday, June 22, 2009

Metamorphosis

Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Where my husband and I spent our honeymoon

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch hosts Metamorphosis Monday each week, which is such a fun feature. Today I was going to tell you about a little project I completed recently, but I decided to share something much more personal with you instead.

You see, today is my wedding anniversary. As of this day, my husband and I have been married 24 years. And as I was thinking about metamorphoses (is that the correct plural form?), I couldn't help but think of how I had changed over the past 24 years.
  • 24 years ago, I thought I was so mature. I now realize that maturing takes a long time, and I still have a ways to go.
  • 24 years ago, I thought I knew pretty much the path my life would take. I now realize that no one ever knows exactly the path her life will take.
  • 24 years ago, I thought I knew all about faith in general, and my faith in particular. I now realize that faith is something that is not necessarily (or even ideally) set in stone when one is 21 years old.
  • 24 years ago, I thought that marriage was a destination at which I had finally arrived after months of waiting for the "big day." Now I know that what had arrived was just the wedding ceremony--and that marriage is a journey that will take a lifetime to travel.
  • 24 years ago, I thought that no one could be more in love with anyone than I was with my husband. Now I know that the love I felt on that day was just a hint of what was to come.
So what has changed? Where has the metamorphosis taken place? I think it's been in my mind and my heart. I am so grateful that I have changed. I was not a bad person 24 years ago, but I have changed a great deal. And I am still changing. My desire is to change more and more--to become more like Jesus, more full of the spirit of God. I am grateful that, for 24 years now, through better and worse, through richer and poorer, through sickness and health, my darling husband has helped me to change into the person I am becoming.

21 comments:

  1. Cool post ! My hubby and I will hit our 25th this year ! Isn't it great ? You do know we are the odd balls to most people now a days !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  2. oh richella- this is beautiful! i certainly can relate to what you have written today... and it has been on my mind for months. i know you will have a wonderful anniversay- hope you find a fun way to celebrate! and i love seeing that photo again... i would just like to wander down that path!

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  3. May the Lord continue to bless your marriage. I know marriage is a work in progress as my husband and I have been married 43 years and it just gets better

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  4. Happy Anniversary!
    Thank you so much for being so real!

    I am going to hit my 10th anniversary soon and I keep reflecting on how far we both have come
    I had dreams and ideas of how lie would be at this point BUT at 25, I never imagined the depth!

    May you have another 25 and another 25!
    God Bless!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! Yes, I know and completely understand how love grows along the way. I have that same kind of marriage.

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  6. How truly beautiful! Spoken like a women in love! Happy Anniversary and to many more! Happy MM, too!

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to your marriage and growth...

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  8. Congrats on your anniversary! I'll celebrate 12 years with my honey next month, and I agree with all of the comments you shared.
    I always say that they "two" do not become "one" on their wedding day. They are continually becoming "one" throughout the years of marriage. It's not easy, but it's worth it. God knew what He was doing when he created marriage. May the Lord bless you with many, many more wonderful years with your husband.
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  9. Nicely put..., I think I am in many ways a different person now then 24 years ago (when I was 24, ha). And I am so glad!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! May you have many more years of growing and maturing together:)

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  11. Congratulations to you and your husband on all those wonderful years together!

    I know exactly what you mean. I was a mere 20 years old when I got married and now realize I did not know diddly about what it took to be married, let alone, happily married, lol.

    I hope you two have many, many, many more years together.

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  12. Richella...Happy Anniversary! This was a lovely post! :-)

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  13. Beautifully written. Happy anniversary!

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  14. This truly is the best metamorphosis of all!

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  15. Happy Anniversary and your post is so sweet.
    Joyce

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  16. Hello Richella - what a beautiful transformation! Thank you for sharing your heart with us. And congrats on all those years together!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  17. Happy anniversary. I love the reflection in this post. You are awesome!

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  18. DH & I honeymooned at Kiawah almost 27 years ago! Your post is so true! :D Jewel

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  19. Having known you before you were married, I can truly say that we BOTH have matured greatly (for the better) over the past 24 years. Happy belated birthday to you both!! May the next 24 years be as blessed as the past!

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  20. Whoops!! I need to learn to preview my messages before posting them. I meant anniversary not birthday! But I certainly wouldn't complain if I were 24 again!!

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