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The Sacrifice of Love

Friday, July 20, 2012

The story goes that there was a ladder suspended in space and time from a thin rope. On the ladder were twelve people, eleven men and one woman. As the ladder twisted and creaked under their weight the rope began to break. The group decided that one person would have to jump off the ladder so the other eleven could survive. The woman raised her hand and jumped while the men applauded her action.

It most often goes unnoticed. In the midst of life’s activities the small day to day sacrifices are made to keep a relationship whole and flourishing. In most cases it is the woman in that relationship who gracefully acquiesces and sacrifices so the relationship can thrive.

So on this hot July morning, so similar to the one we experienced thirty eight years ago, I raise my glass to my wife, my friend and my partner and wish her a most happy anniversary and a sincere thanks for the love and sacrifice she’s shown me.

Happy Anniversary Joan
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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/27/2012 8:37AM

    A month late, but no less sincere!
Happy Anniversary to John & Joan!

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SWAZY33 7/30/2012 7:25AM

    emoticon Such a sweet tribute :) emoticon

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JMARIES51 7/29/2012 11:49PM

    What a wonderful toast! I hope you have many, many more years to celebrate together.

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RACINGSLUG 7/24/2012 7:27PM

    What a beautiful sentiment. Love is truly amazing, and yeah, it requires sacrifice.

I know it's been forever since I've posted but I hope you're doing well!

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SILLYHP1953 7/23/2012 3:37PM

    I raise a glass in toast to you both!
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MARITIMER3 7/23/2012 2:48PM

    What a wonderful tribute to your wife. I hope you both had a great anniversary, and that you will enjoy many, many more together.

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DAYSPRING-STAR 7/23/2012 1:00PM

    Very nice! emoticon

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MYOWNHERO 7/23/2012 11:47AM

    Happy anniversary!

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CALLIKIA 7/23/2012 8:16AM

    Awww! emoticon

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HEALTHYKIM101 7/23/2012 7:20AM

    !Happy Anniversary to you and Joan! Wishing you both many more years of love, laughs and happiness! Have a Great Day! emoticon emoticon

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CARTOONB 7/23/2012 1:05AM

    How sweet!

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NEWMOM20121 7/22/2012 11:13PM

    Congratulations. Very nice blog.

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HDHAWK 7/21/2012 6:59PM

    I hope you both had a wonderful day! Congrats! emoticon

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LINDA7668 7/21/2012 4:21PM

    Happy anniversary!

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GINA180847 7/21/2012 1:01PM

    Happy Anniversay to you and your wife. It turns out we share the anniversary date of July 20, though ours is only our 16th it is nontheless an incredible milestone considering my husband's health problems. We married in 1996, he was 54 and I was 49. We'd both been married before and were nervous that failed marriages might be our lot in life. But that was not the case as we were a lot wiser than we'd been before and it has been 16 yrs. of marital bliss. Here's wishing you many more good yrs. like we are sure we have ahead of us.

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NASFKAB 7/21/2012 12:08AM

  lovely

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ERLYWA 7/20/2012 10:43PM

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! :)

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BELDONDOG1 7/20/2012 8:35PM

    Happy Anniversary to Joan and you! Cute story too! Have a great one!


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LDMCNIEL 7/20/2012 8:30PM

    Happy Anniversary. Your wife sounds like a wonderful woman and you seem like a wonderful husband. I wish you both many more happy years together.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/20/2012 7:39PM

    ROFLMBO!!

Happy Anniversary to you and Joan. She has earned her stripes. LOL. emoticon

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UNICORN212 7/20/2012 7:37PM

    Congrats on your anniversary. You are definitely a "keeper"!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/20/2012 7:33PM

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Blessings, congratulations, mazel tov, cheers, kudos, bravo!


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NOCALORIES 7/20/2012 7:10PM

    Live in the circle of love where there is no beginning nor end. God is Love. You are each His child so be grateful for His love that is ever presence which is with each of you.

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LDRICHEL 7/20/2012 6:09PM

    She's a blessed woman to have a sweetie like you and you are blessed to have her. So happy for you both.

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SPARKENISTA 7/20/2012 4:57PM

    John--

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Happy 38th to you and Joan--and many more returns of the day. I'm sure that your appreciation of each other is a big part of what gets you through from day to day!

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GOOFIERNU 7/20/2012 3:12PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Anniversary!!! emoticon emoticon

How cool, we share today as an anniversary. 21 years ago today, I said, "I DO" to my best friend and the love of my life. emoticon

Here's to many more for BOTH of us! emoticon

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DEARTOMYHEART 7/20/2012 3:03PM

  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JOHN AND JOAN! emoticon emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 7/20/2012 1:54PM

    Happy Anniversary to you both!!
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DOODIE59 7/20/2012 1:42PM

    Happy Anniversary to both of you, and may there be many more, spent in good health and harmony:)
Blessings
Deirdre

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KATIEKAT475 7/20/2012 11:50AM

    Happy Anniversary!

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/20/2012 11:43AM

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JENNY888 7/20/2012 11:43AM

    Happy, happy Anniversary! emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 7/20/2012 11:19AM

    Happy Anniversary to the both of you!
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BAMAJAM 7/20/2012 10:42AM

  What a special reason to celebrate! Happy Anniversary, John and Joan!
I hope that Joan gets to choose her favorite restaurant for this occasion...when she has made all the sacrifices!! lol
My beloved husband of 42 years is my true hero and best friend--- also, he is the best father and grandfather that I know! A happy marriage is such a blessing indeed. Keep God and prayer in your marriage (and a sense of humor) and you and Joan will make it to 50 years. Hope you are still "Sparkin'--" and you will let us all hear about it!! Congratulations to BOTH of you!!

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GIRANIMAL 7/20/2012 10:40AM

    Oh MAN -- all choked up before 9:30 a.m. :)

Happy anniversary to a positively lovely couple. You and Joan have given me the gift of one of the few examples of a good marriage I've ever had in my life. You're really something special!



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SLIMLEAF 7/20/2012 10:40AM

    Happy Anniversary!

May God bless you both.

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RUNNINGOMA 7/20/2012 10:04AM

    She is very blessed to have such tribute paid to her. I think you have to be such an awesome pair and the years together is such a testimony of many years of love and sacrifice on both your parts!
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BEARGODDESS 7/20/2012 9:47AM

    Awww!! Happy Anniversary to John and Joan!! May you have many more!! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-VICKI 7/20/2012 9:36AM

  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU BOTH. MAY YOU BE RICHLY BLESSED!!! emoticon

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MOMGABE 7/20/2012 9:34AM

    Congratulations to you and Joan. My husband and I just celebrated our 32nd anniversary yesterday. emoticon

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MS_CURVEY24 7/20/2012 9:15AM

    That is beautiful! Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! I hope the both of you have a fabulous day!

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SANDRALEET 7/20/2012 8:34AM

    Many more my friend emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 7/20/2012 8:33AM

    Happy Anniversary John & Joan! May you have many more ...

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MAUITN 7/20/2012 8:20AM

    Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more.

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_AIYANNA_ 7/20/2012 8:12AM

    Happy anniversary, John and Joan!!! May you have many more to come :)

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LEANJEAN6 7/20/2012 7:18AM

    Woo Woo!!!--I'm all for sending Kudos to the wife!!!! --The heart of the home!--- emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 7/20/2012 7:14AM

    emoticon John & Joan....
May today be happier than the day you wed.....may life bring you both its most exclusive blessings.... emoticon

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