I’ve been married now for seven years.

The years have been bliss.

Well, mostly.

I love my husband with all of my heart. And I’d say that’s what makes the difference.

But I remember those early days of “just getting to know” one another. I think sometimes those days still exist. I was thinking this morning about change and wondered how we can really know anyone if we are always constantly growing and changing.

For me and my husband, the changes have been for the best but there are a few things that haven’t changed:

THE LOVE WE HAVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

And also—THE LOVE FERN.

Call it tacky, but I take great pride in this dusty ornate piece of garbage. It is one thing that has grown to symbolize our love and commitment and the oldest thing we jointly own.

This may sound so silly, but when I first started dating my husband I remember being so almost, put off, by the “lack thereof” of STUFF.

His house was nearly completely bare without anything even on counter tops. Even the bathroom soap was put under the sink when finished. Everything was clean and clear.

And then I dropped by one day.  With STUFF.

Oh, the look on his face when I brought home, THE LOVE FERN, is still priceless to me. A wonderful memory that I hold dear—one that we both do now.

As the love fern sits in our dining room on top of a big grandfather clock, we are reminded of time and how precious our time together has been.

And it has been the most unchanging thing throughout our seven years together. Yes, it is plastic and gets dusty—as has our relationship at times, but for the most part all we have to do is dust it off and it is green and new looking just like the day I brought that love fern home for us to “share.”

God please remind me that I can easily dust things off and change things up if need be. With You the possibilities are endless. Please remind me to stay humble and loving towards those around me at all times. Amen.

“Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.” 1 Peter 5:5

the love fern.

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