March 28th Mercies

I’m not sure how many years it will take before I stop considering March 28th an anniversary of sorts. I didn’t buy a card and we aren’t going out to dinner, but I’m remembering it just the same.
The tree stump.
The book.
The ring.
THE question.
After just four months of dating, D asked me to marry him.
“A Severe Mercy” has been an important book in our story. I read about David before I actually met him. Talk about a first impression. When D mentioned this book on his eHarmony profile, I was schocked. I couldn’t believe I had found a guy who had not only READ this book, but had enjoyed it as much as I did. I knew there had to be something unique and special about this man.
That hunch was correct.


“A Severe Mercy, by Sheldon Vanauken, is a heart-rending love story described by its author as “the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers.” Vanauken chronicles the birth of a powerful love born out of the relationship he shares with his wife, Davy, and describes the growth of their relationship and the dreams that they share.” -Jacque Holthusen

It was only fitting that the story of Sheldon and Davy be present at our engagement and that their words had a place in our ceremony. If you haven’t read the book before, may I suggest you add it to the list this year? It’s one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.

“She knew without my saying that I was hers, that I was full of happiness that we were deeply together… wherever the road led. And I knew without her saying that she had, somehow, come to a new understanding that God in His ample love embraced our love with, it may be, a sort of tenderness, and we must tread the Way to Him hand in hand. We understood without words that we must hold the co-inherence of lovers and be Companions of the Co-inherence of the Incarnate Lord: she in me and I in her; Christ in us and we in Him.” – A Severe Mercy


Dear Sheldon and Davy…
Happy March 28th.
  • Amy Crawford

    You will always consider it a special day. Hubby asked me to be his on December 17, 1999 -I still remember every single year. We usually don’t “celebrate” — but it’s a beautiful thing to remember together. (Fun fact? My sister and her hubby have the same “engage-a-versary”. LOVE THAT.

  • Lindsay Kutsko

    Ok, I’m going to read it. I just got goose bumps reading that passage! our friend Brandon S recommended that book to me a year ago while we were out riding our bikes at South Mountain. I ordered it and started it and then got distracted, of course. But you have convinced me to give it my full attention this time! Thanks Ginger!! Love you :)

    • @google-d401e941774d7106494acbed0e86b2b6:disqus Let me know what you think! Love you too. :)

  • Cheers!