If you’ve celebrated your 10 year wedding anniversary, did you do anything big? Did you go away somewhere? Our 10 year wedding anniversary is still a couple of years out but we’ve recently started dreaming of flying to Ireland.
For some time we’ve put the idea out there that we’d like to do a vow renewal somewhere and that we’d want our kid(s) to be there. Hawaii and Mexico were both talked about. We had our honeymoon in Maui and loved visiting there. It would be a great place to go back to. We’ve never been to Mexico, but there’s just some things holding us back from going there. Plus every time you hear of a vow renewal ceremony, it’s been had at the beach.
Before we even get to Ireland, you might be wondering why we even want to have a vow renewal. Well, there are a couple reasons. The biggest being we just want to celebrate our marriage and ten years. Our marriage has had its share of ups and downs but we are on this journey together. We actually found our wedding ceremony script the other day and read through it again. It was great to bring back all the memories from our wedding day.
Now, may the love that has brought you together continue to grow and enrich your lives. May you meet with courage the problems that arise to challenge you. And may your relationship always be one of love and trust, and Christ centered. May the happiness you share today be with you always. And may every word you have pledged here be a living truth in your lives. Tamara and Jason believe in what is yours, believe in the depth you share and go now in great happiness assured that your feelings for each other will grow as well as your understanding, friendship and love. And be assured that you will always have the love of your family and friends to remind you of this special day.
After tossing ideas around for some time the idea of going to Ireland was finally put out there. We’ve always talked about wanting to travel across the pond and go to Europe. Ireland has always been at the top of Tamara’s wish list for travel. The idea of Jason getting to go play golf while there, at least one round, was also quickly presented in an attempt to win him over.
The more if was talked about the more we’ve fallen in love with the possibility of going to Ireland for a vow renewal. Whether it would be just the four of us, or we also let family and friends know too and if they want to come then they’d be more than welcome too.
If we do manage to make our ten year vow renewal happen we want it to be super simple. Think wedding dress, suit, the girls in flower girl dresses and maybe someone to run through the ceremony and a photographer. The rest of the time in Ireland would be a family vacation for us.
Right now we are totally intimidated just by the thought alone of going to Europe with our girls. We have only done a short flight to Disneyland with the two of them. Could we manage a long flight? Sure they would be older but it’s still worrisome. We know nothing about traveling there, we have no idea where we’d want to go to in Ireland, or where to stay, and so much more.
Thankfully we do have friends and family who have been and we can ask questions. This is definitely just the beginning of a dream and a wish. One thing for sure is we would love to have the vow renewal outside. The Aran Islands have been mentioned to us, so have the Cliffs of Moher, and there are many different churches in Ireland that we could consider too.
Have you ever been to Ireland? Is there anywhere you’d recommend for a vow renewal ceremony? Beyond that… where would you recommend we go to as a family, places to stay and see, if we do go to Ireland in 2020?