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Five Minute Friday: Last (Anniversary Edition!)

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

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Our wedding day, August 20th 1988

I was shy, insecure, impatient and angry.
You were strong, independent, patient and kind.
We meet as leaders in youth group
with the help of the youth pastor’s wife.
I remember our first date, to the amusement park we went.
Then off to sail the SF Bay with your parents the next day.
I remember how I came home and proclaimed, after our 2nd date,
that this was the man I would marry someday.
My grandmother heard me and believed me.
And just about four weeks after we meet,
you placed the ring on my finger
and I said Yes!

It’s been 25 years!
We have very little, but we are rich in every way.
Four beautiful children, all serving and loving the Lord.
Very little money, just enough to get by.
Our own home we had to sell, but shelter He provides.
Two cars in the driveway, both old, we hope will last.
No material possessions of earthly value,
Just the basic necessities.
So much of what we have will not last long,
Before you know it, it will all be gone.
But you and me,
our love will last for all eternity.

*My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.  We have been through so much, especially the last three years with his unemployment, but we have grown stronger in so may ways.  I would give anything for this man and would do it all over again in a heart beat.

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49 Comments

  • Reply
    denise
    August 23, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Beautiful post, praying for many more blessed years for you and your husband.
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks so much Denise!

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    Tara
    August 23, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Barbie, that sounds bliss. All I want is my boy to love and serve the Lord and I will be grateful. Have a blessed weekend. Tara. (Formally The Proverbs 31 Sanctuary)
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Tara! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Wanda
    August 23, 2013 at 5:03 am

    And in the end you have what matters most. Beautifully written Barbie. May you two enjoy many more anniversaries.
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      I appreciate you stopping by Wanda! Have a blessed Sunday!

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    Dawn St Amand Paoletta
    August 23, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Happy Anniversary! You both are rich and it shows, my friend. Rich in eternal treasure, yes! Love and hugs!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      Awe, thanks so much friend!

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    Debbie
    August 23, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Happy Anniversary to you both Barbie. You have something that will last. Possessions come and go. But you also both have the love for the Lord. So you are rich!

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Rich indeed, my friend.

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    Lynnette Kraft
    August 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Hey Barbie! Kyle and I are celebrating our 25th this year too! Isn’t it crazy how fast that time flew by?!

    I loved your creative words of sentiment – truly lovely. <3
    Happy 25 years to you and your Love!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you Lynnette! And happy anniversary to you! When do you celebrate?

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    Becky Daye
    August 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Rejoicing with you! This was beautiful and is a sweet testament to true love. The kind that loves regardless of circumstance or difficulties. Thank you for your example and for sharing it so beautifully!! You are a blessing!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you Becky. Saying a prayer for you and your family tonight!

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    Vanessa
    August 23, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Happy Anniversary to you guys!!! Love you, friend!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      Thanks Vanessa!

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    child of God
    August 23, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Happy 25th Anniversary Barbie! What a beautiful picture and poem. Here’s to another 25 years.
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Yes, at least 25 more! Blessings!

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    Debi @ DebiStangeland.com
    August 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    What a touching and meaningful post. Great job. It sounds like you guys are strong and united which is beautiful to hear in today’s world. Thank you for sticking it out, even in the hard times. It’s such a great testimony. You are a rock star – keep it up. You always point us to Him. Thank you. Happy weekend!!!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks Debi! We’ve had our moments for sure, rough patches which had to be covered with His grace, but through it all, we are so much closer in ways.

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    Elizabeth
    August 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The best kind of love story here.
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Yes indeed!

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    Betty Jo
    August 23, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Happy Anniversary Barbie! I wish for you many, many more happy years together. Your photo is just beautiful!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks so much Betty Jo!

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    Lori Harris
    August 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Happy Anniversary Barbie! Such a sweet tribute! You are one blessed woman!
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      I am blessed, that’s for sure!

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    Dolly@Soulstops
    August 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Happy Anniversary Barbie…what a loving tribute to your husband and your marriage…you are rich beyond words in what really matters…hugs to you 🙂

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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      Thanks my friend!

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    Dana Butler
    August 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Happy anniversary Barbie!!

    The simplicity of this post and the purity of your trust in Jesus and your love for your husband – it all kind of wrecks me. In such a good way.

    I so sense God’s pleasure over your life and your heart. Thanks for sharing it with us here!

    xo
    Dana
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      Barbie
      August 24, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you so much Dana! We’ve had our share of unglamoring moments, but God is bigger and He always wins!

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    Sandra Wilkes
    August 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    You have a lot to celebrate! You have what is most important. Thanks for sharing the inspiration. I pray for you to have many other blessings and riches of all kinds to come your way in the future. Wouldn’t that be fun! Life is grand when you have a great foundation to build on…and you do. Sandra

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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

      AMEN Sandra! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    Beth
    August 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Barbie! This is so lovely and a testiment to marriage and God’s protection over our marriages. (My husband and I will celebrate 23 years in October!) Bless you my friend. Thank you so much for sharing.
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:12 am

      Thank you friend. And congratulations on nearly 23 years of marriage!

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    Joanne Viola
    August 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Beautiful post! What a testimony to the covenant that you both made before our God. Just beautiful. Before starting this comment I prayed that our God would bless you both & meet your needs. And keep those cars running. Thank you for sharing so transparently.
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Thank you for your prayers Joanne! I truly appreciate it.

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    Marlen
    August 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    What an awesome testimony to marriage and a wonderful legacy for your children! Happy Anniversary! Visiting from FMF =) Have a great weekend!
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:14 am

      Thank you for stopping by Marlen!

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    Jesenia
    August 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Praying that God blesses you with many more years together. I also pray that He continues to be your provider and opens the heavens to pour out all types of blessings (spiritually, physically and financially).
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

      AMEN! I receive that prayer! Blessings!

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    Holly Barrett
    August 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Such a sweet story, Barbie! Thanks for sharing part of your marriage journey with us!
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

      Thank you Holly for your comment.

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    Beth @ My Destiny
    August 24, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Love it Barbie! You made a beautiful bride. 😉 Such a great picture!

    I pray the latter days will be even better than the former!

    Love!
    Beth
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:15 am

      AMEN Beth! I receive that Word!

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    Cheri
    August 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful tribute to your husband.
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      Barbie
      August 25, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Thank you Cheri!

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    Jacqui
    August 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Barbie, I can’t believe I’m just reading this! Happy Anniversary! And what a testimony–4 weeks and then a ring. 25 years later and a love that’s endured. Thank you for sharing. Your marriage proclaims the faithfulness of our God. Have a great weekend, friend!
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    Cheryl
    August 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Sweet, sweet words. 25 years! Congratulations. Enduring love–awesome.
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    Sheila Edeliant
    August 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful! I love it! Happy anniversary to you and your husband — may the Lord grant you many more blessed years together. 🙂
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