I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth.-Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Mona's Musings

October 7th, 2011

Why Every Sacrifice For A Happy Marriage Is Worth It

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The sweet lives are those to duty wed,
Whose deeds both great and small
Are close-knit strands of an unbroken thread,
Where love ennobles all.
The world may sound no trumpets, ring no bells,
The Book of Life the slurring record tells.

Thy love shall chant its own beatitudes,
After its own like working. A child’s kiss
Set on thy singing lips shall make thee glad;
A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thou renderest.


(from Wikipedia)
“is a term that conveys a sense of moral commitment to someone or something. The moral commitment is the sort that results in action and it is not a matter of passive feeling or mere recognition. When someone recognizes a duty, that person commits himself/herself to the cause involved without considering the self-interested courses of actions that may have been relevant previously. This is not to suggest that living a life of duty precludes one of the best sorts of lives but duty does involve some sacrifice of immediate self-interest.”

And isn’t it all worth it for

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Forever Backwards, Forward Forwards, Forever Now
A Loving Marriage: For The Children’s Sake
Thank You Daddy, Thank You

Hint of Romance

The sweet security of our children is both the DUTY and REWARD of a purposeful, passionate marriage.

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  1. Bri z says:

    Yep. It certainly is. ;)

  2. Sarah E. says:

    That picture is SO darling. And tears easily spring from my eyes! So SWEET to watch a mother AND father sing to their gift from heaven. It’s just removed enough to realize the miracle that is happening daily: development of Godliness, eternal relationships, growth of mortal flesh! WOWZERS! How did we get all of this?
    The longer you live it, the more baffling it becomes: marriage, parenthood, mortality.
    What potential we must have for Father to give us so much opportunity! I LOVE this!
    God bless you little family and all of us on this journey!
    Love to you all!

  3. Corine says:

    That was so sweet! You both sound beautiful, and your baby is very blessed. :) Good job “mom and dad!” :D

  4. Sara Lyn says:

    I love that song! What is it from? Such a sweet video.

  5. Anna says:

    what a beautiful post! Two years ago our daughter divorced her husband of 25 years, then a year later remarried and moved to New England from Georgia. She was stunned when her teenagers opted to stay with Dad, and with her extended family (us.) It breaks my heart on a regular basis to see the price EVERYONE has had to pay, but especially how it has affected her children. They feel abandoned by her, and she resents their decision to stay in the family home with Dad. We hardly recognize her, she has changed so much. No longer are her children a priority. Everything in her life is all about her and also her new husband. I would not wish divorce on my worst enemy!!!

  6. sue simper says:

    It makes me happy to think of what a happy life that baby will have because of parents who love so much, and will give all!

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