Happily ever after? I had that once and I believe that it will happen again. Yes, every marriage has it's ups and downs, but you know what still tickles me to this day? Phil and I eloped after 4 months of dating and 23 years later he still called me his bride. We would walk into a restuarant with five children in tow and Phil would ask for the most romantic table in the place. Imagine the looks we got. When I find someone who looks at me like that again, makes me laugh, and who has a heart blazing with faith, I will have my chapter two. You see, it isn't always easy to be married, but faith cements people in a manner that is like super glue. I know it because I lived it until Phil took his dying breath.
Happy ever after? Like Linda, I had that once as well and in my heart believe it will happen again. I remember after several years of marriage thinking "Wow, I didn't think happily ever after required so much work!". That's when I began to pray to Our Blessed Mother for strength, wisdom and guidance so that I could be the best wife and mother that God meant for me to be. We met our freshman year in college about one month before my 18th birthday. We took our marriage vows seriously and he promised that divorce would never be an option. Our love grew stronger over the years as we relied on our faith to build and strengthen our relationship. We even had a Marriage Encounter baby. This strength helped us deal with his cancer diagnosis after 25 wonderful years of marriage and as he took his last breath in my arms in the comfort of our home with family around us. My following chapters are my children and grandchildren, I pray for a 2nd Edition.