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Love Songs — 2017

Marriage, Mormonism, Religion, Romance

Each year for our anniversary, I love selecting an “album” of songs that represent how I have grown and how Bryan and I have grown together. Each song’s lyrics express what’s in my heart and I hope it relays to my dear sweet husband, how much I care for you.

Ruby Heart

Ruby Heart

Oct 29th
This year’s album begins with one of my top 10 songs of all time: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. We both love these artists. They were brilliant and unique. The world is a duller place without Freddie and David. As brilliant as this song is, what is most beautiful is how it came about — it was written by just a few men and performed in one day. In just one day, a perfect song was created. Just like the day we met, a perfect partnership was created. We have had to work at our partnership, but it felt right on the first day — just like this song.

Oct 30th
The next song is one you introduced to me: “Fragilidad” (“Fragile”) by Sting. The song’s lyrics focus on how fragile someone who has been under pressure can be. We have been through many crucibles and have been fragile from time to time.

Oct 31st
Next is “Rise Up” by Andra Day performed by Esera Tuaolo, When I first heard this, it caught my attention because I desire to rise above where we are today and I know you do too. Together, we will rise to heights that are new.

Nov 1st
The next song is “In the Shape of a Heart” by Jackson Browne. He is a brilliant songwriter and taught many we respect about the art of songwriting. Thank you for buying me a real ruby early in our marriage. It reminds me that my “price” (value) is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

Nov 2nd
This song is “This Never Happened Before” by Paul McCartney. It’s a love song in which the writer/singer is surprised by love. I have loved before, but I’ve never loved someone in the way that I love you. Our love is the way love should be. I understand that now. Thank you for being yourself and letting me love you. I am a better woman for it.

Nov 3rd
This is another song you introduced me to, Sting’s “Si Estamos Juntos” (“We’ll Be Together”). We will be together — today and, I hope, always.

Nov 4th
The last song is one a dear friend suggested, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” You are perfect for me. You are not a perfect man, but I see potential in you. I want to be with you eternally and I know you feel the same way. Thank you for 11 years of loving me. You are a gift from our Heavenly Father. I am grateful you actively work with me to have a celestial marriage in our terrestrial world. Thank you. Eternity might be long enough to love you … might be.

I love you.

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Ten Years

Marriage

Wedding BenchYes, it’s true: as of today I’ve been married for ten years. To the same woman. A saint, you say? Without question, I respond. Anyone who knows me knows I’m no box of candy. By itself, the act of living with me for ten years qualifies her for sainthood. Res ipsa loquitur.

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To where does a mother turn?

Family, Marriage, Mormonism, Talks and Lessons

This year, I spoke in church on Mother’s Day. As one would expect, I focused on the sacred calling that motherhood is; however, since I’m not a mother, I looked at this topic from the perspective of a mother who has experienced much in her life — my mother.

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A thought for Mother’s Day

Marriage

I came across the following quote and, since we just celebrated Mother’s Day, I thought it an appropriate one to share and to add my fervent Amen:

A father can do no greater thing for his children than to let them feel that he loves their mother.
~ President David O. McKay

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Sending love songs

Marriage

Many couples have one song that puts them in the mood — Bryan and I have over 200 that span genres and decades.

Very early in our courtship, I was inspired to send him a song every day to express my feelings for him. What followed became a catalog of love songs that journaled the range of emotions I, and sometimes we, felt as the love between us grew.

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