You know the whole "for better or for worse" thing that most people pledge during their wedding vows? Well, one man has gone above and beyond to honor the commitment he made to his wife. After Julie Muircroft was diagnosed with dementia, Matt Muircroft re-created their former home in their current apartment in an attempt to make the transition of moving to a new place a little easier for her.
And when I say he re-created their former home -- I mean he made their new place look like a carbon copy of the old one right down to the very last detail. The furniture and colors are identical, and even their nick-nacks and family photographs were put in the exact same area so as not to confuse Julie any further.
Matt was told by doctors that any major changes to her surroundings could cause Julie a lot of anxiety. When he heard that, he knew he had to make their new home feel as much like the home they'd lived together in for 30 years as he possibly could.
And if this couple's story isn't already tugging at your heartstrings, wait until you hear this -- Matt says turning the apartment into a place Julie recognizes has been "the most important job of his life."
Damn. This is what marriage is all about, people -- making your spouse your number one priority in good times and in bad, and doing everything in your power to make them feel adored, taken care of, secure, and happy. (It's not rocket science, but the concept seems to be so tough for some to grasp.)
Think about how unselfish this man is being. It can't be easy for him to see the woman he has known and loved for all these years slowly slip away from him. Instead of worrying about his own happiness, he's solely focused on making life as easy as possible for her. If that's not the definition of a devoted husband, then I really don't know what is.
It's clear that Julie and Matt share a bond that can never be broken -- and the kind of love they have is something most of us can only hope to experience over the course of a lifetime. They are so lucky to have had each other, which is obviously something Matt isn't willing to let go of simply because their circumstances are changing. True love is definitely forever, and this couple sets such a beautiful example that we should all strive to follow.
Would you do this for your spouse, and would your spouse do this for you?
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