A few weeks ago, leading up to our marriage Renewal Sunday, I gave you 4 reasons why you should renew your wedding vows which included:
- celebrating a major anniversary;
- reaffirming your commitment to each other;
- having your children participate in the ceremony;
- and of course, no reason at all.
Well, it seems that our church family really took my advice to heart because 23 couples decided to renew their vows on Sunday, February 14, 2016. It was a beautiful ceremony with such a wide spectrum of anniversaries ranging from just one year to 57 years of marriage. Being one of the couples that participated (we’re the one year olds), I can tell you first hand that it was one of the most memorable events I have experienced, next to the actual event of course. But don’t take it from me…fellow church goer and renewal participant, Ann-Marie Loveland can also attest to the awesomeness of Renewal Sunday.
Ann-Marie and her husband, Greg, are self-proclaimed high school sweethearts who have been together for 20 years. They were originally married in August of 2007 and since then they went through a lot of changes in their lives which included having two beautiful children who are three and a half and five years old. Now, almost nine years since they first said “I do,” Ann-Marie and Greg opted to renew their vows on Renewal Sunday to reconfirm their love and commitment to each other, which Ann-Marie said “felt AMAZING!!!”
I asked Ann-Marie a few questions about her experience on Renewal Sunday, and here’s what she had to say:
What did you enjoy most about renewing your vows?
A: Staring into my husbands eyes and seeing the smiles on my children’s faces seeing that mommy and daddy are getting married again.
Would you encourage others to renew their vows?
A: Absolutely. It is a great reminder of why you feel in love in the first place when your lives get so busy.
Would you do it again?
A: This is something I would love to do every year!
Amen to that Ann-Marie!
Do you have an experience you’d like to share with us from Renewal Sunday? Did we inspire you to renew your vows? We want to know! Share your experiences with us in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!