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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

the beauty of faithfulness.

      77 years ago today - an early summer Friday, my great grandparents were married. They were really just kids, and so in love. Paul and Pauline. Their names even matched. They committed their lives to one another and kept their vows through all the years they were married: 59 years of faithfulness, until the day my great grandpa passed away.
       Today, they're in Heaven. I have few words today, but I just want to commemorate their faithfulness, honor their marriage and lives, and thank them for the example they set for me. I am waiting for this kind of love and I am inspired by their faithfulness to one another and God - through thick and thin. 

    They kept their vows. They remained true to their promises. And that is a beautiful thing. Something they taught me begins even before marriage. I will always remember sitting by my great-grandma's rocker one November day. I was 13, and just recently chose to commit my love story to God. I slipped on my True Love Waits purity ring and made the commitment to save sex for marriage. I remember she took my hand, looking at the ring and she smiled and said, "You know, I didn't have a ring, but we had the same commitment." 

    Their marriage made an impact on me and I am so thankful for their example. Faithfulness in romance is so beautiful and so mocked in our culture. And I believe we need to often remind ourselves of it's value. 

  Soon, I'm going to share with you all a special project I'm working on to encourage and honor faithfulness in romance. Until then, I hope you're inspired as I am by this little love story. 

   Happy Anniversary, Gomie and Gompie (this was our pet name for them :) 

 Us on my 1st b-day! 

    Didn't mean for this post to become a family album, haha! But I hope you are encouraged to pursue faithfulness in your relationships. It matters so much. 

Love to you and you and you.



  1. What a sweet post! Thank you for sharing their example with us :)

  2. I am getting married in August and am so happy I have chosen to wait. It is so beautiful that we have both saved such a special thing for marriage <3 What an awesome example they were!

  3. This is so beautiful. How encouraging and sweet.

    I know there's a love like that out there waiting for you too, Erin. Keep on holding on.

    Love you dearly.

  4. Awww- thanks so much for sharing! I love, love, love stories like this of two people so in love with each other! What a sweet post!

  5. this is so sweet! sometimes when people ask why sonny and i got married so young, i tell them because i want to make it to 50+ years together. thanks for this love :) lets chat soon! i miss you!

  6. Beautiful, Erin!! I just love this. What a special relationship they had with each other and that you had with them!


  7. Such an inspiring story of true love and faithfulness! Thanks for sharing, Erin!

  8. So beautiful, Erin. They sounds like a true inspiration and pure blessing! I cant wait to see the project you have been working on!

    xo, Kylie Rae

  9. So precious Erin! Cannot WAIT to hear about your new project! Such a great topic to be spreading the word about. :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK

  10. What a special connection your grandmother and you had! I love what she said to you :) Faithfulness is something that can't be expressed in words but speaks volumes!

  11. My daughter is 12 and my husband and I have been discussing the right time to get her a purity ring. I pray that she makes the decision to wait for the man God chooses for her. Thanks for the inspiration! Susan

  12. Wow, I loved hearing this story! So amazing, Erin! It's such a true lesson that they taught you– faithfulness really does start before marriage begins. What a sweet blessing that you were able to have their influence in your life :)

  13. I loved this! I never saw faithfulness in my family, as a little girl, and I know how being unfaithful hurts. Then I read this post and a saw and experienced something I never have before. For that, I want to say thank you. It gives me a little glimmer of hope that true love and faithfulness still exist. Thank you for being so open!
    Love, Rebekah

  14. I had to stop by today b/c I'm in a funk and I know how inspirational your blog is.

    I hope your grandparents have a great anniversary.

    I always love your blog post. :D


  15. What a heritage, soooo sweet!:D

  16. Awww so sweet friend! Love you :)

  17. This encourages me so much. This is truly rare and such a blessing for those who long for the same thing. I can't even imagine what it feels like to be with someone for 59 years. It truly does blow my mind. In a good way. ;)


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