Twenty years ago, on May 25, 1991, David Conley and RoxAnn Rodriguez eloped to Reno, promising to live in the faith of their love together, and dedicating themselves to the growth of their love.
How young they were, 20 years ago; how much they’ve learned since then. They’ve learned that not all dreams are attainable, that people grow and change, that nothing is quite the way they thought it would be.
The hurts have been deeper than they expected, and the joys have been greater. The pleasures have far outweighed the disappointments.
And today, May 25, 2011, David said, “If I could go back and do it over again, I would still marry you.” To which RoxAnn replied, “And I would still marry you.”
And so they did.
This morning, near the American River Bike Trail at William Pond Park, under the shelter of a gazebo (because it was “raining blessings from heaven”), David and RoxAnn Conley reaffirmed their marriage, and renewed their vows.
“I pledge myself again to the growth of our love. I will be patient and considerate, understanding and honest. I will respect your judgment. I will respect your integrity. I will respect your privacy. And I will work to keep our love active and alive, so it may always be an inspiration for everything we cherish.”
It was a beautiful and deeply heartfelt ceremony. Quite frankly, I’m the one who cried.
David and RoxAnn, I was honored to be a part of this day. And in 20 years, I will be honored to do it again. May God bless and keep you always!