17 December 2010


Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!"

Look not thou down but up!
To uses of a cup,
The festal board, lamp's flash and trumpet's peal,
The new wine's foaming flow,
The Master's lips a-glow!
Thou, heaven's consummate cup, what need'st thou with earth's wheel?

But I need, now as then,
Thee, God, who mouldest men;
And since, not even while the whirl was worst,
Did I,--to the wheel of life
With shapes and colours rife,
Bound dizzily,--mistake my end, to slake Thy thirst:

So, take and use Thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o' the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in Thy hand!
Perfect the cup as planned!
Let age approve of youth, and death complete the same!

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

photos courtesy of Jennifer McKinney (thanks, Jen!)


MicheleL said...

You two are just too adorable!! No wonder you have such cute kids!

Christine said...

Very sweet. I know 63 other people will say that, but hey, it's the truth.

Brittanie said...

I love that first picture, the way you're looking at Ryan. Head-over-heels in love and you can just see it. In this world, it's a great thing to see.