40 Years of I Do’s

Our first Christmas 12-'73

Our first Christmas 12-’73

40 Years of I Do’s

He said will you, and I said I will;

we said I do, and we did

for years.

We said I do through the death of a child and a motorcycle wreck;

through a son’s car crash and a son’s heart crash;

through disappointments and unmet expectations,

and surpassed pleasures,

through lots of tears—from both laughter and pain.

I forgive, I love, I do.

We said I do through losses,

job changes, friend changes, geography changes, and physical changes,

baby boys and grandbaby joys;

and the years piled higher, one on another, as the I do’s piled higher still.

Our hair is thinner—mine more than his.

Our waists are thicker—mine more than his.

But for all the time gone by in a breath,

we said I do,

and we have said it for 40 years.

K&L wed


About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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47 Responses to 40 Years of I Do’s

  1. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulation.

  2. Karl Peterson says:

    Blessings to you both on your 40th Anniversary! Congratulations!

  3. A lovely tribute to your lives together. Congratulations. 🙂

  4. Linda says:

    Beautiful poem Lilly! Happy Anniversary!

  5. JC says:

    Wow…beautiful! Congrats to you both and may God grant you many more 😉


  6. tootlepedal says:

    You have certainly lived in your 40 years together.

  7. dorannrule says:

    Something tells me you two were meant to be! Your tribute to your marriage and all the “I Do’s” had me choked up. Again, Congratulations Lilly. What a very young and handsome couple you were.

  8. Pat says:

    Congratulations on being true to your I do’s. It sure isn’t easy but the rewards are go very, very great. Next year will be 50 for us.

  9. soonie2 says:

    So very beautiful! Happy Anniversary!!

  10. Monika says:

    Lilly, that was absolutely beautiful. Congrats to you and Kelly on your very special day. May God bless you with many more years together. *HUGS*

  11. David Hall says:

    Beautiful. Congratulations.

  12. nutsfortreasure says:

    What a beautiful post.I am so happy for you two 🙂

  13. susanpoozan says:

    What a heart warming blog, thank you for sharing it with us.

  14. Very special. 40 years is a wonderful achievement.

  15. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    Today is actually our 41st, but I thought I would re-blog last years. Happy Anniversary to us!

  16. rododovris says:

    Congrats,hope you reach more and more….

  17. Mike says:

    Lovely words and truth Lilly. Tell no one, but I for sure love you.

  18. ksbeth says:

    congrats to both of you )

  19. Pat says:

    Congratulations on 40 + 1 years together. We celebrated our 50th this year and I can relate to all that you shared in your poem. Very beautifully written, Lilly – thanks for posting it again.

  20. DeAnna says:

    I love this! A tribute to God’s blessings and promises and an honor to a well-lived and well-loved marriage!

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