A tribute to 19 wonderful years

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  1. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I wrote a song to my wife as a tribute to ten years of marriage. Now at nineteen years, I'm wondering where time has gone! Anyway, I think the words to this song are just as appropriate today as they were in 1999.

    Built To Last
    To My Wife, On Our Tenth Wedding Anniversary
    Joel L. Cress; © 1999; All Rights Reserved

    Within my sight a lovely apparition,
    That struck a mortal wound deep in my heart;
    Your excelling beauty fashioned in Christ Jesus
    Made me pray that some way we would never part.
    Despite the hopes and dreams I had beforehand,
    My wildest expectations far surpassed...
    For God had formed a treasure for my keeping—
    A destiny of love that’s built to last.

    Our early years remind me of our pleasures,
    Of precious moments drifting endlessly:
    From evening strolls and pleasant conversation,
    To gentle, passionate heights of ecstacy.
    You filled my heart and mind with ways to please you;
    You fixed my gaze upon a goal held fast—
    An ever-focused, firm determination,
    That by God’s grace we’d build a love that lasts.

    The moving hands of time have brought some changes;
    Life is far more complex now than then;
    Yet through each passing moment you’ve stayed with me:
    A loving wife, a Christian, my best friend.
    As God has grown this couple to a family,
    With fascination I hold this truth hard cast—
    You are an overwhelmingly good mother,
    Dedicated to build a love that lasts.

    As the moments fly, with fearful trepidation
    I selfishly trap time within my clasp.
    But alas! The more I try to slow the passing,
    Time slips like sand so quickly from my grasp.
    But as the heights of hopes of our tomorrows
    Descend to join the reminiscent past,
    I have learned this truth through every situation —
    By God our love was truly built to last.


    Happy anniversary, Judy. I love you, dear!
     
  2. CuzICan

    CuzICan New Member

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    Joel that is absolutely beautiful.. I can only hope we all are fortunate enough to have SOMEONE out there that loves us all that deeply and with such devotion!!! That is BEAUTIFUL hon.


    congrads congrads!! on the 19 years, Not many can say they stayed together that long.
     

  3. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Happy Anniversary brother, great poem also!!

    Here's to many many more years together.
     
  4. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Preacher man, seems you got this right. How is this possible to find a woman that has to hear your sermons for 19 years and stuck around?

    Congrats 'Ol Friend of mine.

    Later, John.
     
  5. BIG_D

    BIG_D New Member

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    happy aniversary brother
     
  6. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    Happy Anniversary,Great song !!!:cool2:
     
  7. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    So what have you got planned for #20???
     
  8. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    Happy Anniversary, great tribute
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Congrats Joel to you and the wife on 19 years. Beautiful poem. Reps.
     
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    ldkitch New Member

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    AAAWWWHHHH, I am gettin all teary eyed!!! What a great poem!!! Your wife is one lucky lady!!! Happy Anniversary to you both!!!
     
  11. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Wow, number 20? Well, we may take a second honeymoon back to the Big Island, Hawaii, where we spent our first one. I say "may" in that neither of us enjoying flying anymore, and that long flight is not pleasant.

    Maybe I'll write another song. :roll_eyes:

    Thanks for the blessings and kind words. May God bless you all!
     
  12. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    My hat is off to you two that is awsome stuff.....
    Me & Lilly made five last month and I hope to make many more with her shes my best friend/fishing buddy..................CONGRADULATIONS!
     
  13. littleman

    littleman Active Member

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    Happy anniversary and congratulations to you both! Thanks for sharing the poem.
     
  14. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Congrats,Joel. Thats a wonderful song.
     
  15. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    WOW! 19 years is really something to be proud of. I think it's a shame that we've made it so easy to get divorced these days. My grand parents made it 62 years until Papa died.
     
  16. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Happy 19th Anniversary to Joel and Judy

    That is a wonderful song!

    Just think, you're only 33 years behind us. :smile2:

    Wow, first honeymoon in Hawaii!
    We'd been married 49 years before the first time we went to Hawaii. Agree on the long flights.

    Our one night honeymoon was a little motel here in Hot Springs, it was a two hour drive from where we married at a preachers house.