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Twenty years ago …

posted at 7:54 am on February 19, 2014 by

It just doesn’t seem like twenty years since I married my beautiful bride, but the calendar does not lie. Marcia and I got married on February 19, 1994 in Huntington Beach, California, where we both lived at the time. The day turned out to be a singular moment of gorgeous sunshine in an otherwise dreary week, and the ceremony as beautiful as we’d hoped our lives together would become.

Here’s what we looked like twenty years ago:

ed-marcia-wedding-1a

And here’s what we looked like in November, when Marcia and I renewed our wedding vows at the church in Cana as we made our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our pastor, Fr. Charlie Lachowitzer, is a good friend and now serves as vicar general of the archdiocese:

ed-marcia-cana-1a

She’s just as beautiful as the day we first were married. As for me, I’ve lost a couple of hairs along the way (and quite a few pounds, thankfully), but I’m still hanging in there.

Marriage is tough.  It takes work, understanding, forgiveness, and maturity — which Marcia has in abundance, thankfully, to make up for my deficits. Seriously, though, what I have discovered along the way is that it takes a firm and committed heart.  Not the romantic notions of heart, but the true sense of the conjunction of the will and the intellect, joined in love and with God at the center. Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

We have been through many crises, mainly but not exclusively health-related, and our future turned out quite differently than either of us would have guessed twenty years ago — wonderfully so, with our son, daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. As Jim Croce once sang, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. And I wouldn’t have walked this path with anyone else.

Happy anniversary, sweetheart.

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God has blessed you both in so many unimaginable ways.

A most Happy Anniversary, and may you enjoy twenty more.

Thomas More on February 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

You had hair once, Ed?

Congratulations! That’s showing ‘em how it’s done!

LancerDL on February 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM

You wore a wig 20 years ago? :P

Congratulations on twenty years of marriage, Ed. May you have decades more of wedded bliss.

NotCoach on February 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

After 20 years, Marcia’s smile is larger and even more beautiful. Good job, Ed!!!

the_moll on February 19, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Happy Anniversary to you both and many more in the future!

Blaise on February 19, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Ed, age has been your friend.

Oil Can on February 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Congratulations to you both! And God bless you, every one.

March Hare on February 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Congratulations!

Bobbertsan on February 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

God bless you and your Wife Ed.

ToddPA on February 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

…no hair now…but your post…made up for it…full of love!

KOOLAID2 on February 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I recognize Marcia, who the heII is the dude with her in the top photo?

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Congrats to you and Marcia Ed! ; )

Bmore on February 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Congratulations Ed, and spot on with the analysis.

Doc Holliday on February 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Congratulations!

Mason on February 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Dr. James Dobson:

” I advise you to keep your eyes wide open before marriage and then half-closed thereafter.

Congratulations, you have 21 years to go to catch up with me and mine!!

Deano1952 on February 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Congratulations Marcia & Ed.

tommer74 on February 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Congratulations on marrying up, Ed. A Happy Anniversary, and many, many more, to you and your wonderful wife!

NOMOBO on February 19, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Congratulations!

Midas on February 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Congratulations Ed & Marcia!

The better half & I went past the 20 year mark ourselves last year. May there be many more to come for us both.

You can see the Love in those pictures, beautiful!!!!

May God continue to Bless You!

D-fusit on February 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Congratulations to you and Marcia!

My best wishes for good health, happiness and success.

Cody1991 on February 19, 2014 at 1:17 PM

♡♡♡♡♡ ** ~happy anniversary~ ** ♡♡♡♡♡

Sachiko on February 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Congrats ED,..on you two love birds,
and inspiring to see that twenty years
later. Where has the time gone!—–:)

canopfor on February 19, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Happy Anniversary to you both, Ed!
20 Years Ago (In Speedy’s Kitchen) by TC Atlantic

whatcat on February 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

O.M.G.!!! Throwback Thursday is tomorrow. ;-) At first glance, with that, um, ‘beard’, you remind me of Andrew Luck.

Congrats to both of you!

TheLoudTalker on February 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Congrats Ed! My aunt and uncle just celebrated their 50th!

Murphy9 on February 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Happy anniversary!

cat_owner on February 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Ed, you are the luckiest man in the world. Bless the both of you, I hope the next 20 are twice as happy as the last.

(…it is odd how our hair follicles seem to be in lock step.)

V7_Sport on February 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Congrats, Ed. February is special to me as well. 2/7/81. Keep enjoying the good life!

duggersd on February 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Happy Anni, Morissey’s. Hope you have many more.

Recon5 on February 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Congratulations to both of you, hopefully many more to come.

Imrahil on February 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Well this post just made my day! CONGRATULATIONS, Ed and Marcia! What a wonderful story about two beautiful people… thanks for sharing this.

dpduq on February 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Congrats and God bless!

In my 15th year here, with six kids, two dogs, and NO CATS (wrong thread, lol).

Blessings for many more years to come!

xNavigator on February 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Awesome, congrats, God Bless, and wishing you many more happy years together.

ledbylight on February 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

With all the ugly headlines these days, what a blessing to read this joyful post. And thank you for a very good description of a successful and enduring marriage.

God has blessed you both, richly, in the ways that truly matter. Here’s to many more fruitful years with your beautiful bride!

4Grace on February 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Lovely bride! Congratulations to you both!

Ted Torgerson on February 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Here’s to 40 more–at least!

NebCon on February 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Awesome story!!

I loved reading this post.

Thank you.

ColtsFan on February 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Awesome story!!

I loved reading this post.

Thank you.

ColtsFan on February 19, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Absolutely ditto. Beautiful post — and happy belated anniversary to you both.

inviolet on February 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

Ed Morrissey on February 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

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“. . . Even through the thickest skull” ? !

I dunno what you’re talkin’bout there, Ed. My wife and I have had no such trou– . . . . . . . huh ? … what the hang just happened ?

For some reason I find myself looking like Steve Martin from the movie “Roxanne” . . . . . I’ll get back to you later … maybe.

listens2glenn on February 20, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Happy anniversary! Sorry, the bottle of Duck wouldn’t fit the USB port.;p

S. D. on February 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

met mine in 97 and knew in 5 minutes (literally) she was the one.
married in 01 and less than a year later I got permanently disabled.
she still puts up with me.
good woman.

dmacleo on February 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

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