His Year in Review

We've decided to begin a tradition: write a new vow to each other every anniversary and read it to the other in front of God. Here's my husband's.

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Dear Deanne,

It has been a year since I read my first vows in front of hundreds of our loved ones and friends. Upon reading it again, I was so surprised at how I could write words so inspiring, which serves as a reminder for me to fight the good fight even when every bone in my body tells me otherwise. I do it because I love you, I love you as how Christ loves the Church.

I know that I have been weak at times,  enough to disappoint you on what marriage is all about. At those moments, I do wish I hadn't written my first vows in the way that I did as I have given myself a high standard. But I would be untrue to myself if I didn't. I would have not given you my whole heart and soul, which isn't fair because you have given me yours, and I feel that everyday. Therefore, I vow to make marriage life a dream come true for you. A marriage that you can be proud of and are willing to share to others.

I remember when Fr. Gay told me, and I also read from Blessed Fulton Sheen, that the first 2 years is the honeymoon stage and then after that, the real marriage begins. Baby, we're in our 1st year - supposedly halfway through the honeymoon stage - and I promise you not to worry. I know it will get harder but I vow to always love you stronger than whatever life throws at us.

I vow to keep you secure, and to provide you with a home that will burst with love. I know this because in my weakness, I will be stronger with Christ. In my most desperate state, I will be humble enough to go on my knees and beg for forgiveness. I vow to allow Christ to work through me so that I may love you not through my own strength but through His will and my obedience. I vow to always ask for your help when I lose my confidence for you are my better half, my princess, my love.

Deanne BaΓ±ares Dimacali, will you marry me again, will you allow me to love you, cherish you, adore you and stick by you for the rest of my life? 

I am yours, truly and unconditionally. I love you my wife. I love you with all my heart.

Raffy