Our Vows


After some considerable stress about how to start, Rebecca went back to what she does best (teaching) and physically cut-and-pasted her vows into a Dr. Seuss book, and used its title, "The Shape of You" as her theme. 

The shape of you The shape of me The shape of everything I see…. 

Your Strength Your Spirit Your Smarts Your Soul Your shapes flawlessly make mine whole. 

Just think about the shape of your strength Your ambition and drive How you will go to great lengths Your enthusiasm for change, For following the trends, It’s no wonder success is your loyal friend. The shape of your strength I admire so much You are my model of “zen” even when the going gets tough. 

Just think about the shape of your spirit Your zest for life draws other near it It’s infinite, your ability to romance Little surprises and secrets at every chance Even after two years and a little more We still fall asleep laughing – this I adore. Your spirit takes a shape all its own Giggling like kids in snuggling zones 

Just think about the shape of your smarts This is truly where the marveling starts How it is that you know what you know The binge researching helps with that passion to grow So you continue on this ongoing quest When you know a bit about everything maybe you’ll rest But I am leaving out the very best part Your ability to teach it all is truly an art 

Just think about the shape of your soul Integrity and ethics are a primary goal Your sense of self is refreshingly true But a thirst for philosophy shapes your soul too. I love how humanism is part of this shape It fits us so well and gives life a new taste

My story about shapes is nearing the end But not without the most important part and I’ll say it again These vows that I make come straight from my heart It is my hope that our two shapes will never be apart. I can’t imagine my shapes without yours at my side So suppose, just suppose, these I promise to abide 

Suppose that our shapes will change as years pass, I vow to accept this and stay on our chosen path. Suppose that the future may throw us some curves I vow to work through them with the perseverance we deserve. Suppose that our marriage will go through endless ups and downs, I vow to accept that rhythm, knowing it’s the little things that reverse a frown. Suppose that we may endure some financial stress I vow to live differently with a frugality I know I possess Suppose that your career takes more time than most, I vow to ease up and help our love simply coast. Suppose a crossroads lies ahead & you know not what to do, I vow that no matter what & above all, I believe in you. Suppose that my desire to have a clean house drives you mad, I vow to see your efforts and seek what compromise can be had. Suppose that one day we reach our lowest of lows I vow to revisit and remember this prose. Suppose that one day we are as in love as right now, I will cherish moments, making meaning and memories – this I vow. Of all the shapes with whom we could be….

I am glad, SO VERY GLAD that you have chosen me.

Jeff's Vows: 

Rebecca Dawn, I will treat you as both strong and fragile, like a porcelain marble being set down slowly on a pane of glass. 

I promise to cherish you. 
I will join with you and share all that is to come.
I will live my life openly with you, and I will forgive you.

We must try to aid each other in developing our physical, mental, and spiritual lives, and this is to better understand ourselves and the world.

I pledge to commit my joy and sorrow to you. I vow to love, honor, and humor you. 

When I grow up I want to be an explorer with you, so let’s always remember to leave time for play. 

I promise our children will be raised in the image of our love. 

Creo en la importancia de dar el regalo bilingüe a nuestros niños. 

Every time the fabric of slumber unravels to reveal a day I want my threads to get all tangled up in yours.

All of this I betroth to you 
For better, for worse 
For richer and for graduate school 
In kindergarten classrooms and in health 

Till the sun withdraws it’s golden rays