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Topic: Love (04/27/06)
TITLE: I Will Love You through Sickness and Health
By Anne Harrell
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My heart still skips beats when thinking back of the memories of meeting my husband Mark, we had talked on the phone for countless hours during the week before we had met. I had never laid my eyes on him before but must say that I fell in love with him before ever meeting him in person. We had met through a dating service. Where I had worked as a nurse in a hospital some nurses dared me to send my name to a dating services, being young and daring I did it. Sending my name into a dating service was done as a joke unaware that I would meet my loving husband, my help meet for life through that blind date.
When my mind goes down memory lane, I remember fondly of talking on the phone with Mark the first night when he had called for close to four hours. My parents still tease me about being on the phone so long that night. They knew that love was in the air. They could see the sparkles in my eyes. I found myself that evening trying to deny and hide from my parents that I was falling in love, and having a hard time waiting for the weekend to see him face to face. Mark’s temperament is just as gentle as his voice. He captured my heart so quickly and innocently. I knew that I just didn’t want the evening to end the first night we met.
The love that came between Mark and me came from our hearts. When meeting Mark I didn’t care what he looked like. Yes, he was cute but that is not what I saw first. Beauty is only skin deep yet, the heart was what I had looked upon and it sent me heads over hills in love with him.
It didn’t take Mark long to realize that he was just as much in love with me. On our first date Mark asked me to marry him. We met in person on March 6, 1983 and married on April 23, 1983, all in six weeks time. Here twenty-three years later I would not have changed a thing. We are just as much in love now as twenty-three years ago if not more.
Mark and I have gone through countless problems along the way. We were blessed with six precious children. Five of the children are from severe handicapped to mildly handicap. We went through two miscarriages, along with the death of our oldest daughter at the age of eleven years. The death of our daughter just brought the closeness of us even closer.
Just a little over a year after our daughter died; Mark had a massive heart attack and nearly died. We were told by the doctors that with the damage done to his heart Mark had about two to three years to live and would need a heart transplant. God has been with us because the heart attack has been eight years ago and Mark is doing really well. He has not needed the heart transplant yet.
When Mark had his heart attack he was force to retire from his job on the water front. Mark was worried that I would not love him after he was declared disabled, yet I was determine to love him even more. The love I had for him never change but for the betterment. When the heart attack happened, yes I mourned the death of the “normal” Mark but never loved him any less.
I reminded him of our vows that I would love him through sickness and good health. I am so attach to Mark I just could not live with out the one the Lord had given me to be my husband, my help meet and my best friend. Each year that we get through, I thank God for letting him still be with me for another anniversary, and His loving kindness to us.
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