Charles and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary, on June 19th, 2017. God also gave us a wonderful anniversary gift; our Precious Son, Nathaniel Timothy Edward Flanagan! He was born on June 19th, at 11:54pm. The photo above was taken on June 18th, Gloria's 22nd Birthday; only a few hours before she went into labor. Since we were in the hospital giving birth on the day of our anniversary, this post has been a bit delayed in being published. :-)
We have decided to mark the special event of our one year anniversary by posting a copy of the vows we made to each other on our wedding day. Charles and I wrote our own vows. <3
~ Our Wedding Vows ~
I, Charles, take you Gloria, to be my wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part. By God's Grace and the guidance of The Holy Spirit, I will love you and pursue Christ with you. I will let God make me into the man you deserve. I will provide for you, pursue you and keep you safe. I will continually seek to love you, comfort you, honor and cherish you. I will be your confident, your pillar to lean on, and your safe haven. I will faithfully follow Christ as I entrust our marriage and Family to Him. I will be committed to lead you spiritually, and to set as my goal in life to please the Lord in all things. Forsaking all others, I will keep myself only for you. I will never leave you, and I will seek to love you as Christ loves the Church. Gloria, you are my beloved, and I am Yours.
I, Gloria, take you, Charles, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, in plenty an in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until death do us part. I take you to be my best friend and my faithful partner. I promise to be your best friend, and will always inspire and encourage you to be the Mighty, yet Tender hearted man in Christ I know you are. I will stand beside you as a help mate, and trust you to lead our home. I will honor, and respect you always. I promise to be there for you in both times of laughter, and in times of crying. I will pray with you. I will love you faithfully and with all my heart; whatever may come I will be by your side. I Promise to seek and serve Christ Jesus with you all of the days of my life. God has prepared our lives for this marriage, and through Him I will ever strengthen, help, comfort and encourage you, my Dear Husband. I promise to you my life as your faithful partner, loving you fearlessly, unconditionally and faithfully, through all that life may bring. Charles, where you go I will go, and where you stay, I will stay. You are my Beloved and I am Yours.
Pastor Rod to the Congregation:
"Now, Charles and Gloria will exchange rings.
The rings symbolize the Purity of the Marriage
– The Circle represents 'the Marriage Never Ending'
– AND, the rings are also a Symbol to all the world of their Covenant Commitment"
"Gloria, with this ring, I seal the vows I have made to you, to be your husband and your friend forever."
"Charles, with this ring, I seal the vows I have made to you, to be your wife and your friend forever."
|Charles was so Happy we were Man and Wife, that he jumped for Joy! :-)|
One year later....
|Taken on June 18th, 2017|
.....Our Precious little Nathanael arrived June 19th at 11:54pm!
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for our precious anniversary Baby, Nathanael Timothy! Thank You for all the adventures and life lessons that you have brought us through this year. Thank You, Lord, for everything that You have done and are doing in our lives. We love You, Lord. Please help us continue to grow in You and love each other (and others) as You love us. In Your Name we Pray, Jesus. We Praise You, Lord! Thank You for Blessing us so much. Thank You for Blessing us with each other, with Nathanael, our Family and Friends, and most importantly, with Your Salvation. You Are Wonderful, Lord. And, we are honored to serve You. Amen. :-)
Gloria and Charles...and Nathanael, too!