For Better For Worst


When was the last time you honestly thought about your wedding vows? Those sacred promises you made to God and your loved one. I know I love my husband more than anything, and have been a good faithful wife. That was about all I should be concerned with right? I decided to go over those promises I made so many years ago.

I Mary Murry take you Garry Barker to be my wedded husband. After almost forty three years I do believe I’m committed to that one.

 To have and to hold, from this day forward….. We have been each other’s best friend, companion, and partner from the beginning of our life together.

For better, for worst….. The better times have by far outweighed the bad times. Every stage of our lives is filled with wonderful memories. The early years when the kids were young were both mentally and physically taxing, but worth every minute. We had a blast during their teenage years. Then we were rewarded with the best gift of all our grandchildren.

For richer, for poorer…..In the beginning and for many years after, money was extremely tight. We barely had enough to pay the bills and buy groceries. Looking back those were some of the best times in our lives. We would play cards with friends almost every night, while the babies played together. Kool-Aid was the drink of choice, or the only thing we could afford to serve. Life was good.

In sickness or in health….. Thanks to the military and having jobs that provided good insurance we were able to take excellent care of our health. I have had my share of health issue, and Garry was always right by my side. Until recently Garry was blessed with good health. Then a heart attack, quadruple bypass, and staph infection changed all that. I have done my best to take care of him like he always does for me.

To love and cherish…..  After Garry’s illness I realized I had taken for granted all the little things my dear sweet husband does for me.  I have a new love and respect for this amazing man.

 Tell death do us part. We do believe we are in this for the long haul.

 I have decided I need to make a few revised marriage vows. Times have changed, but not my love and devotion to my Babe II.

Garry we have spent forty three wonderful loving years together.  From this day forward I promise to be a companion worthy of your precious love . I pledge to be by your side in good times and bad, and to be encouraging in sickness and health. I want the rest of our lives to be filled with our loving family and friends. We will cherish our memories of our past, and create many more together in the years to come.

Garry, I love you more today than I did yesterday, and more tomorrow than I do today.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tsonoda148
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 16:08:28

    Hi sweet Mary. This made me cry buckets. Happy buckets though. I’m so in awe of yours and Garry’s love for one another. Not too many couples can say they have had your amazing relationship. Your devotion and vows are so beautiful and I know Garry feels the same way.
    MUCH love to both you and Garry! XOXOs my friend, and wishes for many good times to come for the two of you!

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  2. Mary Ann Barker
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 13:10:48

    Hi Sister, I Thank god that I have been Blessesd to be a witness to You & Garry’s Wonderful! Marriage [ I think God made YOU just for Garry], I Think,When he was planning out who Garry would marry ” Lets see she has to be ,worth more than rubies ,because Garry deserves the VERY Best, ok now ,she has to be one that is Trustworthy,And she has to think about {GOD 1st,} HIM ,she can’t be selfish,She has to be very thrifty,she has to work for their best intrest [NOT hers] And she has to be Very pretty ,to keep his eye,,Now then she has to be a good momma ,after all ,I am sending MY precious ones and the future of the world is in ALL momma[& daddies ] hands..Well less see ,she has to be modest and smart,,she cann’t be lazy,Her children and Garry, Will tell everyone, what a Wonderful Mom I& Wife she is ,,,Favor is deceifuland beauty is vain:But a woman that fears the LORD,she will be praised, give her the fruit of her hands ,adn let her own works praise her in the gates,,Mary this comes from Proverbs 31 : may God bless you & Garry with many more wonderful and blessed years together ,,,Love You sister xox

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  3. Mary Ann Barker
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 13:11:54

    sorry about the first GOD ,i thought i had changed it ,, xoxox

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  4. Vidya Sury
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 03:57:58

    That’s so beautiful, Mary. 🙂 I am looking forward to visiting again – and also your visual treat with Terri’s Sara’s Sleep this Sunday. Love, Vidya

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  5. cuhome
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 17:53:14

    Yes. How beautiful.

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