Thursday, June 7, 2007
Then and Now
Derek and I celebrate 11 years of marriage today. Eleven years down the road, the vows that you made on your wedding day mean ever so much more. The couple we were then loved each other, but they hadn't weathered any real storms. They hadn't faced the daily grind of making LIFE happen. They hadn't walked the floor at night with a wheezing child praying for her lungs to clear. They hadn't struggled to make ends meet or experienced the highs and lows of Christian ministry. They hadn't grieved together over the loss of people they loved.
Today, we have done all those things. And undoubtedly we will do a lot more of it, along with other challenges we have yet to know. The BEST part is knowing that those vows do indeed hold true. I love my husband more than I can possibly tell you today. I am continually amazed at his creativity and talent. I am proud of him. So proud of his accomplishments in his education and career, but MORE than that I am so thankful that he is a capable and godly Head of this home. So humbled that God would bless our union and trust us with four beautiful children. Nothing could make my heart swell with love more than standing outside my son's bedroom door and listening to his Daddy pray with him that God will help him to grow into a strong WARRIOR for truth and righteousness.
Many of you, gentle readers, (always wanted to use that phrase, so indulge me: it's my anniversary!), were there on our Wedding day 11 years ago. How truly BLESSED we were and are to have such dear and precious friends to be by our side, to make beautiful music, and to share in our joy. Aren't you so glad that we have friendships and marriages that are all rooted in the same Foundation? No wonder our connection is so strong.
If we're lucky we may get to leave the kiddos behind for a little while at least long enough for a nice dinner. And there's no one in this world that I would rather spend an evening with. We have so much fun together, for those of you who know Derek best know that he's really good for a laugh! (think "I'm Fat", Marty!)
Happy Anniversary, Babe. You the Man!