Friday, February 16, 2007

I Still Do!

Well, I finally finished. A few days late from Valentine's Day, but it is done. This is my rendition of the Currier & Ives Marriage Certificate (1848). ( I used Rebecca's picture, but our copy has our picture in it, but her picture is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Plus, I plan to give her a copy since she inspired it. :)) I made this in 11X14 to be printed and hung on our wall after we sign it. It is kind of like a renewing of our vows, but not. More like I STILL DO!!!

Requirements of the Husband
  • A man shall leave father and mother and cleave to his wife (Matt. 28)
  • Let every man have his own wife. (1 Cor.)
  • Husbands shall dwell with their wives according to knowledge, giving honor unto them, as unto the weaker vessel.
  • Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it (Eph 5)
  • So ought man to love their wives as their own bodies, he that loveth his wife, loveth himself (Eph 5)
  • Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence (1 Cor.)
  • If a husband provide not for his own wife and children, he is worse than an infidel (1 Tim)
  • A man shall cheer up his wife (Deut 24:5)
  • Husbands love your wives, and be not bitter against them (Cor 3:12)
  • Art thou bound to a wife, seek not to be loosed (Cor 1:27)
  • Marriage is honorable in all (Heb 13)
  • Let not the husband put away his wife (1 Cor)
  • Let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. God hateth putting away (Matt. 2)
  • It is a wicked act that a man should gain the heart of a woman, and then forsake his wife.
Requirements of the Wife
  • A wifes desire shall be to her husband (Gen 3) (i.e. she shall be subject unto him)
  • Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord (Eph 6)
  • Let not the wife depart from her husband (1 Cor)
  • Marriage is honorable in all (Heb 13)
  • Let the wife tender unto her husband due benevolence (1 Cor)
  • The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband (1 Cor)
  • Let every woman have her own husband (1 Cor)
  • She that is married careth (or should care) how she may please her husband (1 Cor)
  • I will that women marry, bear children guide the house (1 Tim)
  • A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband (Prov 31)
  • The woman which hath an husband, is bound by the law to her husband, so long as he liveth (Rom 7)
  • Aged women should behave as becometh holiness & that they may teach the young women, to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands (Titus 2)
"Whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder"

This certifies that ______________ and ________ this day of __________ do promise to do their best to uphold these truths in their lives joined as one.

I hope she likes it! When I presented this to my husband, he really liked it. I was a littler nervous as it is kinda girly. But he really REALLY liked it.

(if you read my blog and would like a printable copy - no picture would be in the center, you would have to print out a picture and put it there - email me with your email address and I will get you a copy! :) Your size will be 8x10 instead of 11x14.)


Rebecca said...

Wow! What a fantastic surprise that is! I never thought the surprise you were working on was for ME! Wow. That was very kind of you to do! My email address is sgrbear724(at)yahoo(dot)com.

The requirements are so meaningful and the overall appearance is so...ME!!!!

Thanks again for doing this for me! Yay!

Rebecca said...

I would like a copy, too, if you don't mind! I am a SAHM, homeschooling mom of our 6 children--8 1/2 yr. old boy, 7 yr. old girl, 5 yr. old girl, 3 yr. old girl, and 9 month old twin girls! I am the sister of one of Rebecca's friends (the Rebecca whose wedding pic you posted here), so I think I found your blog through hers. I don't always take much time to read the blogs, but have you on my favorites list for when I have the time. My email is elireeves at stny dot rr dot com (insert @ and dots of course! LOL) Thanks!