The Garden Path

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The Garden Path

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The garden path meanders

down a memory lane of blooms

where fragrant roses speak of love

though their blossoms fall so soon

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I cherish well each moment

that their petals grace my way

as I walk into tomorrow

and the autumn of my days

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Though the youthful blush of beauty

will indeed make way for snow

there is promise in the rosehip

in whose heart are seeds to sow

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And so it is with people

since the days do swiftly pass

may our beauty grow inside us

as the only kind that lasts.

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Wendy/2013

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Ian and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on August 19th.

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Roses always make me think of my husband; he would often leave a rose at my apartment for me to discover when I returned home from work.

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When we got married, and shared an apartment together, he began to give me two roses to symbolize our union.

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There have been and continue to be other times when he surprises me with roses.

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I love these kind of surprises.

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I am surprised how fast thirty years has flown past!

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I think the main reason (besides God’s grace) that we have survived and thrived in our marriage is that we continued to do the things we did when we were dating…

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things such as walking, hiking, and laughing together.

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There is more than one way to spell love (besides luv).

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T I M E

Β * time togetherΒ *

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Sometimes we just stroll through our garden, side by side, at the end of the day.

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These last three rose pictures are from a local demonstration garden that we toured.

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A dear friend told me about it; so I showed it to Ian. He likes surprises too.

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Pleasant surprise blessings ~ Wendy

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What’s your favorite kind of surprise?

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I changed my blog theme again to reflect my growing enthusiasm for photography.

Β On other peoples’ blogs I have lovedΒ  seeing their pictures big and bright.

My turn. πŸ™‚

* Don’t forget to check out my Greenlightlady Facebook link below. *

(It features pictures and links from my other blogs too!)

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91 thoughts on “The Garden Path

  1. Wendy, your post is so very breathtaking…and the images just sweep my heart away…this year we celebrated our 36 year anniversary, and i recently placed a poems from our 30th wedding anniversary when we renewed our vows and got married again before both sides of our families. When I courted my wife i would write a poem in a hallmark card and give her at least six a day. We met the last week of April 1977 and we were married June 24, 1977. And l am still swept away by her smile, every morning when she awakes. Your post, reminds me of that and your poem is one of the most beautiful I have ever read. Thanks for sharing! And may God always provide an abundance of blessings to you and your family! Spiritual hugs always my sister!

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    1. Thank you, Wendell, for such a beautiful and inspiring comment. People are blessed when they witness such long lasting and committed love. Your wife sounds lovely and definitely blessed. I have kept every poem that my husband and I have written for each other from the beginning…

      Blessings dear poet friend ~ Wendy

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  3. Absolutely beautiful journey through roses with you. Where roses have thorns also, I congratulate you on your wonderful anniversary and a beautiful journey through the fragrance of the roses, instead of the thorns from the bush… that’s how marriage should be. Thank you for being a wonderful example.. Many blessings to you…

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  4. Hello my lovely, Wendy-Lee!

    I love roses and how beautiful that each day is like a date. 30 years??? Wow, not too many young people can say that these days. You were one of the lucky ones. I’ve never been into surprises, maybe I’m a control freak! Lol
    Happy belated Anniversary to you, my friend. Love and hugs to you. Paula xxxxxx

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    1. Hi dear Paula,! I like surprises; however, I don’t fare so well with changes initially. That is what I love about God; He is stable and solid like a rock. Thank you for your always warm words, my sweet Aussie friend. xo

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  5. How absolutely wonderful Wendy! Congratulations not only for your anniversary, but for the amazing photos. The Father has blessed you in more ways than one πŸ˜‰

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  6. We share the same anniversary! Adam and I were 13 years this year, rather than 30 … and we have just planted a whole load of roses outside the front of our house, mixed colours, that have gone big and lush with hot weather and rain. Love them! And loved this post too x

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    1. Frances, how wise you are to plant roses where you will walk past them each day and even see them from the windows. Congratulations on your 13th anniversary! Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  7. Happy Anniversary, I loved your poem and the pictures of the roses were beautiful! Thirty Years is quite an accomplishment I was married later in life and it is hard to believe that we have been married 14 years it goes so fast.

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  8. What a beautiful relationship you both share!! Happy anniversary, Wendy!! You came up with such a beautiful post to share such precious feeling of yours with us. Great post!! πŸ™‚

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  9. Happy Anniversary, Wendy and Ian! You share the same day as my parents; they celebrated 46 years this time!

    I love what you said about continuing to do the things you did when you were dating. Becoming parents and the difficult seasons of V’s career have kept us on our toes, but no matter how long it takes, we still plan dates for a late dinner or coffee. The little things seem to have a bigger impact as time goes by.

    As for surprises…I’m pretty easy to please–I beam with delight if V has stopped for an iced coffee on his way home and he gets my favorite, too.

    Many blessings! –Alison

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    1. Thank you. πŸ™‚ Happy Anniversary to your parents, Alison!

      You are so very correct about “the little things having a bigger impact as time goes by.” It’s the little things that can carry or crush a relationship;they truly do add up.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

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  10. Wonderful! Our anniversary is 8 days later than yours and we will be 36. (I say we got married before we were born because I don’t feel old enough to have been married that long – same for you?) For us yellow roses mean the most, as that was the flower Margaret chose for her wedding party. How pleasant that such beautiful things trigger such beautiful memories.
    Your poem struck me even more than usual so I just thank you for that.
    Peace

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    1. Blessings to you and Margaret on your 36th! πŸ™‚ Yes, I don’t feel old enough to be married this long, and it feels like we’ve always been together. We’re still learning new things, and at other times we can read each other without a word being said.

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  11. Happy Anniversary (though late) next to the Lords blessings and grace, falling in love over and over with the same person is what keeps marriages together, I know we have 26 years in on the 21st of September but have been together 30. I love this blog and your photography is beautiful!

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    1. Congratulations on your marriage being a continual falling in love with each other. I love how you described that. I believe that grace is the flexible adhesive needed for a loving and lasting marriage.

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