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This weekend we attended the wedding of one of Wonderful Hubby’s first cousins.  The bride was absolutely gorgeous, and the love between the two of them was so easy to see.  What a beautiful thing for a romance writer, and even more inspiring were the vast number of strong marriages on display.  WH and Bride Cousin’s grandparents have been married for 65 years, the groom’s grandparents for 51 years, BC’s parents have been married for 30 years, and G’s parents for 27.  Add to that the aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends married for 10 (including us), 15, 20, 30, 40+ years, and it was a practically a poster for enduring marriage.

Love is patient, love is kind… Love never fails.

So, on that note…

Chris’s dark eyes widened. “You love her.”

We’ve established this.”

No, you really love her. Like give your life for her, love her.”

He stared at his friend. Anything less wasn’t love.