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Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!


We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night.

We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.


You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit.


(photo credit)

It’s a place we visited while we were dating, and the food is very good!  I took advantage and indulged, just a little!

Calamari appetizer


Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes (also had steamed veggies on the side)


And in honor of our anniversary, two small but powerful chocolate truffles for dessert.


After dinner we drove into downtown Capitola to visit the coffee house we liked to hang out at while we were dating.  Matter of fact, just shortly after we got engaged, we came here, and a violinist serenaded us.  We found out last night that this same violinist still plays on Friday nights, and has been there for 26 years!



I opted for the iced coconut mocha, and my hubby the caramel milkshake


On the way home, we drove to Kohls to look at a temporary replacement wedding ring for myself, but they were closed.  Perhaps I’ll share the story of why I am looking for something temporary one of these days.

These last 25 years have seen much joy and some heartache, but I wouldn’t trade it.  God has brought us through some difficult times and we are fully committed to allowing Him to see us through the next 25, and beyond!

Thanks for allowing me to share our date night with you!

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Old School Blogging: {All About Marriage}

Tonight I was too tired to write a deep and reflective post.  I came across this last night on my friend Lisa’s blog and thought this would be fun!  It’s been a long time since I shared anything random with you, and this is an easy way for me to write a post for my April challenge.

Here we go!

How did your husband pop the question?

We had only been dating for about three months (yes, you saw that right, three months). It was Christmas Eve and we snuck away to his apartment to open gifts.  When I walked in there were dim lights, candles, Phil Keaggy playing softly in the background, and several long-stemmed rosses tucked into the Christmas tree. (I found out afterwards that he and his roommate had spent all day preparing the proposal setting.)  After he opened all of my gifts (yes, I spoil a man after three months), he handed me a large teddy bear and a card. The card was one of those with a very long, poetic message and at the bottom he wrote, “Will you marry me?”.  Really girls, I had no clue what just happened.  I seriously thought it was a “will you marry me someday” type of question.  I sort of froze, and he had to direct my eye to the paws of the teddy bear, which was holding the ring box.  So I screamed, cried, jumped up and down and the rest is history!

What are the three most surprising things about married life?

  • People change over the years, or perhaps our circumstances have caused us to change.
  • How your spouse is almost always strong and full of faith, when you are feeling weak and lacking faith.
  • How annoyed I get at the smallest and seemingly unimportant things.

How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?

It was our third anniversary and I was a few days late.  I had bought a test already, because I had a feeling.  I took the test, came out of the bathroom and exclaimed, “Happy anniversary honey, we’re pregnant!”

How did you choose your first baby’s name?

We had already had two girls’ names picked.  My husband liked one and I liked another.  So, we decided that we would wait until we saw her to give her a name.  My husband choose Rebecca.  I had always pictured a Rebecca as one with fair skin and light hair.  Our first daughter was born with an olive pigment to her skin and a full head of dark hair.  Needless to say, we called her “Alyssa”.

Describe where you see yourself in 10 years from now.

We have weathered quite a storm over the last few years, but I can say that I see myself faithfully standing by the man who has sacrificed everything for his family.  I see us about ready to celebrate #35, watching our children, now as grown adults, married and with their own children perhaps, we will enjoy being Nanna and Pop.  I see ourselves continuing to love on God’s people and perhaps we will have time to do some foreign missions work, which we’ve always wanted to do.

Describe how you find bliss, either with words or with pictures.

I find bliss in so many things. Here are just a few:

reading God’s Word,

a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day,

the dimples in my child’s cheek,

oh and how could I forget an amazing cup of coffee!

I am supposed to “tag” five of my friends, however if you are reading and would like to play along, consider yourself tagged!  You can join by clicking the button below.

*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April.  You can read more about it here.

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Celebrating 23 Years

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary.  We met in October of 1987, were engaged just three months later, and married in August of 1988.  I didn’t even know this man for a solid year before we started our lives together, and I had only come to know the Lord just 3 years prior.  He was my knight in shining armor, minus the white horse.  In a sense, he rescued me.  I had several very bad relationships before him and God brought him into my life at a very pivotal time.  I think some questioned our love and whether it was real.  On our third date I came home and told my grandmother I had met the man I was to marry, and the rest was history.

I love him more today than I did the day I married him.  I suppose that is a good sign.  We have had our share of difficulties, especially over the last few years.  But we are committed to our marriage.  We are committed to staying true to ourselves and one another through times of testing and in times of lack.  We are committed to trust God to continue to provide for us during this season.  God has proven himself faithful to us and our children and I am looking forward to another 23+ years with the man I love.   We have so much to be thankful for.

On our wedding day!

Grace Gifts 242-252

242.  For in-luvs who graciously took my two youngest so we could get away for the weekend.
243.  Financial blessings to help us with our weekend!
244.  Sharing our favorite ice cream.
245.  Renting a paddle boat and spending an hour out on the lake.
246.  Sharing hopes and dreams for the future.
247.  That we are stronger today than we were the day we were married.
248.  That we have not allowed our struggles to define our relationship.
249.  For a man who is committed to our relationship, and loves me unconditionally.
250.  That I am learning what “true love” means, still today.
251.  For a God who sees our future and provides hope every day.
252.  For new adventures and memories made.

I am linking up today with A Holy Experience where we are listing what we are thankful for.  Will you join me, or simply leave a comment below and tell me what you are thankful for this week.


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Celebrating 22 Years!

(Please forgive the poor picture quality.)
Today Lynn and I are celebrating 22 years of marriage.  We met while we were both youth leaders at our former church.  One day he asked me to attend a Christian Concert Day at at our local amusement park.  I said Yes.  And that’s how it all began on fall Day in October 2007 1987.  (Thanks Jill for the heads up on the wrong date :-).  After that initial “get-to-know-you-better” date, the very next day we went sailing with his parents on their boat.  From then on we spent a lot of time together talking and getting to know one another.  I remember after our 5th date or so, I came home and told my grandmother that Lynn was the man I was going to marry.  I was so in love!  He loved the Lord, was kind and considerate, passionate about ministry, he new how to cook and do his own laundry, and he loved to teach me about God’s Word (I had only been saved about 3 years when I met him).  He was a true romantic and would often bring me flowers and write me love letters, many of which I still have today.
Two and a half months later on Christmas Eve he proposed.  We had expressed our love for one another and talked about marriage, but I had no clue it was coming so soon.  He proposed by having me over to his apartment to open gifts.  When I got there, Phil Keagy was playing in the background, the lights were dim, and he had put long stem roses all throughout the Christmas Tree.  (Apparently, he and his roommate had worked for hours getting the setting just right.)  After he opened his gifts (I think I bought him 5 or 6 things), he handed me a card and a large teddy bear.  The card was so romantic and at the end he wrote, “will you marry me”?  I didn’t say anything at first.  I think I thought he was asking that as a “will you marry me someday in the future” question.  He drew my atention back to the teddy bear, and in it’s paws I noticed a small box.  I think I freaked at that point.  There in that box was my beautiful engagement ring.  We were married eight months later in August of 1988.

(Wasn’t I cute?) 
We have had our share of hardship, but I will say that we love each other more today than we did 22 years ago.  There is something about walking through the tough seasons together that draws you even closer.  We’ve weathered some storms, but we’ve had some amazing days too.  I believe the best is yet to come!

 (My handsome groom!)
I adore you, my love, my best friend.  Thank you for sweeping me off my feet so quickly and for being the best husband a girl could ever have.  I love the way you take care of me.  You are kind and gentle.  Compassionate and sincere.  Quiet yet deep.  You are my “steady rock”.  Thank you for the way you see me through God’s eyes and for helping me realize my true worth and beauty.  I appreciate you so much.  You are the best father to our children.  Patient, loving, fun, full of strength and wisdom.  They adore you too!
Tonight we will be celebrating with an Italian dinner here:

And hopefully, If I am a lucky girl, we will see this:
Or maybe I’ll give in and we’ll see this:
Have a wonderful weekend friends!