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Vow Renewal Ceremony

For our 20th wedding anniversary this summer, we decided to renew our vows with our small group as our witnesses.  Our friends Mike and Kelly Langford officiated the service in the backyard at the Atkins' house, and it was a lovely afternoon.  Planning the service and rewriting our vows was particularly meaningful along with adding vows we said to Anna and Taylor (that I adapted from some other friends' baptism service).  What a gift to celebrate in and with this beloved community. 

sweet Eva and Anna working on my hair for a fun hairstyle they found on Pinterest :) 



a poem written by our friends the Hutchinsons for us: 
So it's been twenty years
Mostly smiles, a few tears
Today right now so elegant
And on a unicycle so relevant
Your time together is often sweaty
but more often jubilant with confetti
As a pair you create a wake
Of joy and friendship because you take
the chance to hear from and learn about
each person along your route. 

Over the past 20 years 
You have had some careers
You've gone from Stanford up town
to Rainier Valley down town 
Nashville and Knoxville had their chance
Settling in Seattle more than happenstance
You turned two into four
Anna and Taylor are such a score
You've picked up some friends
We are with you until the end. 

With God in your midst
Whether in Kenya or during a kiss
Your love is resplendent
Giving testimony to the transcendent 

We are grateful for you two
that you met, fell in love and knew
that you would weather the storms
and reject the norms
Choose each other again and again
You have made it two times ten. 



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