24 years ago today on a beautiful Thursday morning in Seattle, Washington, I married my best friend. It was a beautiful day and we were so lucky to have blue skies and not your typical North West weather of rain, rain and more rain.
Our story is unique because it was a short and a whirlwind courtship. I met Cory in person on January 19th, we had our first date January 26th, we were engaged on February 14th and married on April 28th…ALL OF THE SAME YEAR! YEP, about 3 months total.
Now, I look back and think, "how in the world did we know at such a young age what we wanted?"
With our future ahead of us we made plans. Cory joined the Air Force, went to school and we moved to Austin, TX. That would be the first of many, many moves for us. I won't scare you with the double digit number of how often we have moved…LOL
Through out our time together we have remained the best of friends. People ask us what our secret is. Is there a secret? I don't know other than I know what has worked for us.
Honesty-we are extremely honest with each other. No secrets or lies.
Lots of communication-we are open to each other, we listen, we share, we agree and learn to disagree
Friendship-we laugh, play, learn and find challenges together.
Date Nights-we still date after all these years.
Forgiveness-we have learned that nobody is perfect. We have good days and bad. We forgive often.
Acceptance-we never tried to change the other person. We loved each other as they were.
Love-it was conditional in the beginning because we were young, and we have learned as time passes that to truely love, it must be unconditional and freely given….no strings attached.
This list could be much longer, but those are the basics to what make our relationship work. I look forward to many more years together. I still look at him, and get butterflies in my tummy. His love is so pure and perfect, that at times, I can't believe how blessed I am to have a person that loves me so much. It took me a long time to feel worthy of this great man in my life. He saved me. My life was not easy and I had a lot of issues to deal with when we first met. He took all of it and patiently cared, loved and endured my time of healing.
2. The knot is an ancient heraldic symbol of longevity, commitment, and permanence.
3. The marriage-knot or knot of Hercules, a strong knotcreated by two intertwined ropes, originated as a healing charm in ancient Egypt, but is best known for it’s use in ancient Greece and Rome as a protective amulet, most notably as a wedding symbol, incorporated into the protective girdles worn by brides, which were ceremonially untied by the new groom. This custom is the likely origin of the phrase “tying the knot.” Original quote found here.
Bake at 400 for 12-15 minutes. You want the rolls to be golden brown on top. Remove rolls to a wire rack to cool.
Drizzle each roll with an orange icing.
Recipe: Orange Icing
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 T. orange rind, grated finely
1/3 cup of orange juice
Mix all three ingredients together and drizzle atop the orange bow knots. Let icing set.