The Roots of Our Family

2 Nov

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and friends for Five Minute Friday.

This is where we come together writing for 5 minutes without editing or overthinking.
I love this community.

Check out what everyone’s is sharing on the word ROOTS here.

Five Minute Friday

The roots of our family were planted with a seed 
standing before our loved ones 20 years ago. 
That moment when we said yes to each other and meant it forever

Has it always been easy? 
There has been pruning.
But those cut branches have made room for the growth of more good.
There have been storms. 
But those roots planted have kept us grounded
when the wind and rain have tried to batter.
Oh the beauty that has grown out of that seed and those roots.

I see the fruit of it in our sons. 
They know great love because of what they have seen in us.
They have seen us love so well.
They have also seen when we haven’t and learned what grace means.
They have seen hand holding and tears wiped away.
They have seen the looks exchanged across the room 
and the laughter shared across the years.
They know love.

We planted that babe.
With every moment shared.
With every word spoken.
With every action taken.
With a promise.

“…and the two of them become one.”
Genesis 2:24



40 Responses to “The Roots of Our Family”

  1. This Week @ Great Peace Academy November 2, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    What a lovely tribute to your root building. :)Linking in from Lisa-Jo's.

  2. Karen Courcy November 2, 2012 at 5:11 am #

    This is beautiful… and I love this quote you wrote They have also seen when we haven't and learned what grace means I LOVE that…. thank you for visiting my blog as well 🙂

  3. Alia Joy November 2, 2012 at 5:45 am #

    I just love love love hearing about anniversaries and hard love and making it work and glorifying God in the vows. It's so rare in so many ways as this culture devours marriage. Congratulations. I am serving you cake and saying a toast, "To many more years together, celebrating a life consecrated by God and held together by love and grace. " Hoorah!

  4. MomLaur November 2, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Oh I love this take on roots! Roots gone down deep in love and marriage, providing BY HIS GRACE a firm foundation and strength in any storm. May you continue to grow in love for each other!

  5. Debbie Crawford November 2, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    So true for all of us who have lived out Godly lives in front of others.

  6. Linda November 2, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    You made me cry! This is where my Beloved and I are – laughter, tears, holding hands, together. So lovely!

  7. Denise November 2, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Amazingly awesome post.

  8. Nataline Lingren November 2, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Stopping by with Fellowship Friday. I love this concept of family as roots and that you started it with your wedding.

  9. Mary B November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Wendy, lovely! Just lovely. Happy Anniversary – I think it was yesterday? This is beautiful and a lovely tribute to your life and marriage!Mary

  10. November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    We're approaching our 10 year mark, and continue to be encouraged by those whose seeds have been sprouting a few years longer than ours. May His Kingdom continue to grow as we tend to the Spirit moving through our families…

  11. Paula Barnett November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Congratulations, Wendy! How perfect is Lisa Jo's prompt on this glorious occasion in your life? Life is like that, isn't it? In ALL-ways rooted in love!

  12. Julie Jordan Scott November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    So very lovely… ahhhh… my heart is warmer now than when I started reading! I was so sorry to miss the party last night (another performance and this time, I showed my face without a bandaid covering my melanoma scar!) but am so glad to read you today.Breathing deeply. Feeling the love across the miles.

  13. Kathleen November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    So wonderful and beautiful…! I'm so happy for you and what a testimony you are to so many, especially your family. Have a fun weekend 🙂

  14. Dolly@Soulstops November 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    So beautiful the roots you and your man have built, and what a legacy to leave your sons..lovely, Wendy 🙂 Blessed Friday to you 🙂

  15. Amy Pederson November 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Beautiful, just beautiful.

  16. Amy November 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    This is so endearing, Wendy. This is what I want our home to be like, too.

  17. Stefanie Brown November 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Oh, my heart is smiling at the story of YOU. What an accomplishment, a union blessed by the Father! The roots you've planted are growing, spreading, stabilizing, and contributing. Beautiful!

  18. ScrapbooksbyKarrilee November 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Wendy,I love this… I attempt to LIVE this! We have one child – a 17yr old DD… and she too has watched us love and grow and become more and more one. My prayer is that she learns from our example and our shortcomings too. I pray that she is blessed with an amazing man one day who will resemble her father (and her Father!) in many ways! (So I LOVE that you have sons!) Blessings,~Karrilee~

  19. Rebekah@weliveinspired November 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi! Stopping by for a visit again. This is a nice tribute to your marriage and family. I wouldn't have thought to go this direction with roots 🙂

  20. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    Thank you so much Denise! Blessings!

  21. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Thank you Amy! Blessings friend!

  22. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Thank you Renee! Blessings!

  23. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:10 am #

    Thank you Karen! I love how Ann Voskamp puts it…All is grace. Blessings!

  24. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    You are such a blessing to me friend! You are so right in saying that our culture today devours marriage. It saddens me to see so many couples splitting up these days. Thank you so much Alia! Blessings!

  25. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:15 am #

    Thank you so much! Yes it is by His grace that the seed planted has grown. Blessings!

  26. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:16 am #

    You are so right Debbie. Blessings!

  27. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Thank you Linda! Blessings to you and your Beloved sweet friend!

  28. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Thank you so much for stopping by Nataline! So loved chatting with you last night at the FMFParty and can't wait to get to know you more! Blessings!

  29. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:21 am #

    Thank you so much Mary! It was yesterday. Blessings!

  30. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    Congrats to you on your 10 years! We too look towards those who have gone before us for their wisdom. What a blessing they are to us. Have a wonderful weekend!

  31. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    Thank you Paula! That is all I could think when I read her prompt…that our family is rooted in love. Blessings!

  32. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Thank you so much Julie! You were missed at our party last night! How did the performance go? I bet you were fantastic! Sending love and hugs your way! Blessings!

  33. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Oh thank you for your sweet words Kathleen! Blessings!

  34. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Thank you so much Dolly! Have a fantastic weekend friend! Blessings!

  35. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    Thank you Amy! Blessings!

  36. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    Thank you my sweet friend. Thank you for the gift of you and these lovely words today. Blessings!

  37. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    Thank you Karrilee! Praying that your sweet girl finds a godly man to share her life with. Blessings to you and your family friend!

  38. Wendy November 3, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Thank you Rebekah! Have a fantastic weekend! Blessings!

  39. Nikki @ Simplystriving November 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    Oh, I was hoping you'd write about this after I saw the word prompt! 😉 beautiful, friend. just like you.

  40. Wendy November 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Thank you so much friend. I immediately thought of the foundation of our family when I saw the prompt. I could've written a much longer post, but this was the 5 minute version LOL. Love ya!

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