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A Celebration of Love

VIdya Sury Celebration of love

After being married for 17 years, I can safely say this

“Love doesn’t excuse our faults: it makes them insignificant”.

That’s what the celebration of love is all about. Loving each other no matter what. I feel blessed to admit I am happy. My family and I love and cherish each other.

As I bask in the joy of our seventeenth wedding anniversary, I am not going to rave about lessons learned or wax lyrical about relationships. I am just content to know in my heart that I am in a place where I want to be, with who I want to be. Someone who is happily tolerant about the way I am and loves me because of it. I reciprocate that love.  I am conscious of what I have and I am grateful for it.

It has been a sad-happy time for us since Feb 8, 2010 when my Mom passed away suddenly. But as she would say, “Respect the dead, Celebrate the living“,  we hug each other and continue to appreciate all that we have with love and gratitude.

We continue to marvel at the wonderful years we’ve been together. On our 15th wedding anniversary, I wrote a post titled “Secrets to a happy marriage” and I am glad to say I still believe in them.

celebration of love vidya suryAnd in celebration of love, my son took us out for lunch today. We had a pleasant time at our favorite restaurant. On the way back, as we walked, we tackled those little chores we always seem to have. There’s a little pet shop on that road and we stopped to gaze at the birds. Taking time to smell the flowers, in fact. Before we knew it, we had spent an hour there, bird-watching, in the warm sunshine, before we strolled back home.

The birds were delightful. Go on. Click a pic to browse all of them. Then click anywhere on this screen to return to the post.

Celebration of Love

In Celebration of Love, I am featured on Joy of Facets of Joy’s 28 Days of Connection series today. I am so touched that she has scheduled me for Day 9 of the series, today, a day so special to me. May I invite you to visit Joy’s blog to read my post? Click image below to go there. Would love to know what you think.

Vidya Sury Celebration of love

Linking up with the lovely Unknown Mami for Sundays In My City – from her place, I get to travel the world.

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31 Comments

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    Stasha
    February 10, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Happy anniversary. Above all happiness and enjoying eachother is what it’s all about. And how thoughtful your son is!
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    Philip Verghese 'Ariel'
    February 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Hi Vidya,
    Good to be here again after a bit gap,
    So glad to know your 17 years of celebration of love 🙂
    indeed this is a great going. The connected links too are very interesting. I am so sad to note about your loving mother’s demise in 2010. I am on my way to Joy’s blog 28 days of connection series
    Thanks for sharing these lovely materials 🙂
    Phil
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    Julie Barrett
    February 10, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Vidya, A very happy anniversary to you all! I always count the kids because they are a lot of the reason why we marry in the first place (or at least, it was for me!) Don’t show my husband the birds 🙂
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    Rainbow Hues
    February 10, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Wishing you many more years of togetherness, Vidya. God bless the two of you 🙂
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    Sandra Pawula
    February 10, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I’m so happy you have so much love, joy, and enjoyment in your life, Vidya. Keep radiating all that goodness. We love it!
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    Proactive Indian
    February 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Happy Anniversary, Vidya & Sury! May you have many more!!

    “Love doesn’t excuse our faults: it makes them insignificant”. Very true. Coincidentally, just a few days back, I mentioned that my closest friends and I can point out more of each other’s faults than our worst enemies ever can, but we still remain closest friends because we cherish each other’s good qualities and can live with each other’s faults!
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    Rachna
    February 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Wishing you many more lovely years of joyful togetherness, Vidya! For me this line of yours sums it up, “I am just content to know in my heart that I am in a place where I want to be, with who I want to be.”

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    Obsessivemom
    February 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Congratulations Vidya and here’s wishing you many many more years of togetherness. I love your ‘I am happy’ ‘I am content’ posts. They always rub off on me. Thanks and hugs.
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    Aditi
    February 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Happy Anniversary Vidya 🙂 Such a fun day you had! Wishing you many more years of such love and togetherness. Loved your post at Joy’s, my comments there!
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    Joy
    February 10, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I love you, Vidya ! Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing stories of your Mom – I love hearing of her, I aspire to be like her, and I know you miss her yet, you carry and amplify, her light so beautifully well. Thank you also for sharing that light and love in my series – I appreciate all that you reflect!
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    Damyanti
    February 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Vidya. I’m so happy for you- a marriage where you are loved and respected for who you are is a precious thing indeed.

    I feel blessed to be in a similar place, and feel grateful for it each day.
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    Sulekha
    February 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Vidya, wish you a very happy anniversary and many more to come. Looks like you had a great day, love the birds pics. Will surely visit Joy’s blog.

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    Bhavya
    February 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Those birds are so lovely! Anyone could spend forever looking at them.
    My mum always says, God is such a great artist..
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    Sreeja Praveen
    February 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    Many Many Happy Returns of the day ! 🙂 Wish you many many more years of togetherness. May the whole world love you ! 🙂
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    Michelle Liew
    February 10, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    A happy anniversary! And truly, your son was so sweet!
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    Eli
    February 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    What a lovely post! Long live love and friendship, and that wonderful feeling of being right where you want to be in your life! Enjoy your sweet family and happy anniversary:-)
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    Kathy
    February 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Such a lovely post. You always have that special magic that makes me smile! ♥
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    Shailaja V
    February 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Wishing you a wonderful anniversary, Vidya. The best thing about blogging for me, this year, has been getting to know about you. Keep writing and sharing.

    Hugs,

    Shailaja
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      Vidya Sury
      February 10, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Shailaja – that’s such a lovely thing to say! Hugs! 🙂

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    Cathy Taughinbaugh
    February 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary, Vidya! How fun that you spent the day together with your family. All the best to you!
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    Elsie
    February 11, 2014 at 3:49 am

    This was an absolutely heartwarming post. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy Anniversary!

    And, hello to a fellow minion =)

    Elsie
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    My Inner Chick
    February 11, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Happy
    Anniversary!
    You are one of my favorite people in the universe, dear. xxxxxxOOO
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    Karen Hug-Nagy
    February 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Hi Vidya, Happy Anniversary, what a beautiful post and gorgeous birds, enjoy!

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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    February 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Happy Anniversary to you Vidya! A beautiful post! It reminds me that John and I will celebrate our 27th this summer. I’m anxious to go back and read your post that you wrote 2 years ago on the secrets of a happy marriage.
    xoxo Betsy
    PS I love your pics of the birds. What a fun day the three of you had!!
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    richa singh
    February 11, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Most wonderful Vidya <3 It feels good to know that some coupled have shed off their inhibitions about trying to make it work but only to live happily together. Enjoy the love and the moments flowing by.

    *hugs* and once again happy anniversary my love <3
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    Aaron Richards
    February 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I love the quote you posted at the beginning. So very true. I have not been married for 17 years, but I have been for almost 7, and I love my wife and all her faults as she does me and mine. We live in love and life together everyday to the fullest and enjoy every moment of each other.

    Happy anniversary!
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    Samantha
    February 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Great post! And happy anniversary!
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    Jyothi Nair
    February 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Best wishes for plenty more years of love and happiness Vidya. 🙂
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    Ashwini C N
    February 11, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary. May God Bless you with many more wonderful years of togetherness 🙂
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    Aparna
    February 13, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Happy anniversary Vidyaji…May God bless you with many years of love and togetherness…

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    Remy
    February 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Happy Anniversary Vidya! I am also sorry for your lost…

    On January 5 it was my anniversary too 6 years, and I hope that we can be together for the rest of our lives, sharing good and bad times, I know my husband will be there for me, he had continuously demonstrated his affection to me and our children. Thank you for sharing this lovely intimate post from you.
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