Thursday, April 24, 2008

Looking Back

Today Doug and I are celebrating our 26th anniversary of marriage. One year ago today we were leaving Rochester, NY with four of our children, headed for the Canary Islands. After three years of deputation, selling our home and packing it all up, we were finally on our way.

Looking back on the past 26 years of our life, it has been quite an adventure. I married at the age of 19, started deputation for Mexico a week later (my husband accidentally scheduled a meeting on our honeymoon, so when he called the pastor back to change it, the pastor chuckled and graciously agreed to postpone it).

We have gone through a lot together--good and bad, joys and sorrows. Whoever wrote the marriage vows summed it up really well, for better, for worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health....because life is full of trials and temptations. We need the grace of God each day in our lives to keep our commitment (til death do we part) to each other.

Our life has been full and blessed--six loving children (a daughter and son-in law too) and three grand kids so far (and one on the way). God has provided all our needs above and beyond our expectations. Most of all he has blessed me with a wonderful, kind, and God-fearing husband, who has led our family with the Bible, and encouraged us along the way. Thank you, Lord!


Ron and Shelly said...

Happy Anniversary!

Pastor Burks
Bethesda Christian Fellowship

Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Jenna said...

Happy Anniversary!!! That's funny about the honeymoon depuation visit...good thing it was worked out :)

the reynolds said...

Praise the lord for His faithfulness! Happy Anniversary! Can you imagine the excitement in store for you the next 26 years!?

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a very special day! Happy Anniversary!

The Anderson Family said...

Happy Anniversary!
--Amanda, from Ohio