Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dear Sarah & Jed

Dear Sarah & Jed,

Today is your wedding day. Sarah, I feel as though one of my own little girls has grown up. I'm not only thrilled for you, but I'm proud of your - well, your life!

Your dad asked me to give you two some words of wisdom. As you know, I'm never at a loss for words, so his request was a walk on the wild side. But I've given it some thought, and here are a few of the things that have made Mark and my 26 year marriage one of learning, growth, and joy.

1. This one is not in the #1 position by accident:
Remember that even though you are very much alike, the two of you come from very different places. They are places mostly created by the opinions, habits and folklore of generations of ancestors - i.e. strangers to you. Neither place is 'absolute.' Liking Miracle Whip instead of Mayo is not a moral failing.

2. You can live on lentils.

3. Always check the seat/lid position before you go.

4. Don't tell him to put the cap on the toothpaste unless you put your socks in the hamper .

5. Love doesn't conquer all, but it means the world while you get whatever help you might need.

6. Don't ever, ever, EVER involve your families in your disagreements. Did I say ever?

7. If he tells you not to buy him clothes, don't. Even if he looks hot in them, he won't wear the brown Dockers.

8. Although it looks as though your friends' marriages are perfect, they have some pretty tough times, too.

9. Don't assume. Even after 25 years, that one can bite you in the butt.

10. Tough times teach you more than the trips to Disneyland.

Best wishes for a wonderful eternity.
The Underwoods Love you.


"A Special Memory"
photo taken in Las Vegas uploaded by purpletwinkle


  1. Thanks, Pretty Patty, now I'm all set! I can't imagine my life without having read this immeasurable wisdom! It will be canonized, that's for sure! All joking aside, I sure appreciate and love you all and thank you for your support.

    Love, Sarah!

  2. ...Okay so where were you 15 years ago! Have you ever though of changing careers to be a marriage counselor? So now I will be a BETTER wify and my husband will thank you! That list will make a great tattoo for him ‘eh... hummm... are permanent cheat sheets against our beliefs? That would be the ultimate Christmas present! I’m so going to get a new car for this! YES!...