Fifteen years ago, Janet and I made vows to each other that were both solemn and joyous. We wrote these vows ourselves — or rather, we cobbled together elements we liked from several samples we looked at. We also memorized them, so that during the ceremony we could just speak them directly to each other instead of repeating choppy little phrases after the pastor. And every year since then we’ve made a point of repeating these vows to each other once again. It’s a nice reminder.
I, Dan, take you, Janet, to be my wife. I join with you to share all that is to come. I will be faithful to you as long as God gives me life. All that I am, and all that I ever hope to be, is yours. I accept you without reservation as my wife. I promise to love you and honor you, be true to you always, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, in my thoughts and in my speaking as long as my life shall last.
Countless blessings of immeasurable value have come to me through Janet. She is my friend, my lover, my soul mate, my beloved wife. I cannot imagine my life without her, and I will be eternally thankful for her.