Today (Sunday) is my 29th Wedding Anniversary. I am whisking my hubby away for a couple of days of alone time, away from the kids, the house, the stress that surrounds our lives. I normally would write this post on Sunday night, but since I will be gone I am scheduling ahead (imagine that) so that I don’t break the link up flow.
Twenty Nine years ago I said “I Do” to a man who walked into my life and rescued me. Well, Jesus is the One who rescued me a few years earlier, but this man kept me from looking for love in all the wrong places and really helped me to understand true, unconditional love for the first time.
We met at church when we were both youth leaders. Our pastor’s wife introduced us. We had our first date at an amusement park, and the next day I met his parents out on the San Francisco Bay while sailing. Two and a half months later he proposed. We were married 8 months later and the rest is history. Actually, our story is still being written. Four children later, all who love and are serving the Lord with their musical ability and in worship, one son in law, two grandsons…our lives are full.
We’ve faced many hardships, especially over the last several years — job loss after job loss, the forced sale of our home to avoid foreclosure, my own job loss from a place I thought I’d serve in until God called me home, an unexplained medical issue that has caused my husband to not be able to work the last two years, and so many financial struggles.
We need this time away. We don’t connect well. We struggle to find words to say and our marriage needs work. But we are committed to one another and our love, although not always evident, is still strong. When I look at what the Lord has given to us in our children, the gifts and talents they carry, their zeal for God, and our beautiful grandchildren, how could I be anything but grateful for where we are today?
Sure, we have lots of questions, lots of “whys” which will never be answered this side of heaven. We struggle to keep our heads above water and the bills paid, but we have so much to be thankful for. God has shown His goodness to us in so many ways.
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So we are taking the next couple of days to play. We booked a room in faith, and have set some money aside, and also received some gift money. We are headed to Santa Cruz to play at the Boardwalk. We will enjoy a nice, romantic dinner and perhaps a walk on the beach. We will get up Monday morning and watch the eclipse with our special glasses, have a nice breakfast and drive up the coast. We will talk and reconnect and laugh, maybe cry, but we will be together and that’s all that matter. He is the love of my life and for Him, I am truly grateful.
Have you taken time to reconnect with someone that you love recently?
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
581. 29 years of marriage.
582. A faithful, dedicated and hard working husband.
583. Four children who love and serve the Lord.
584. Two precious grandsons whom I adore.
585. My daughter who will hold down the fort while we are away.
586. A full tank of gas.
587. Money set aside for our trip.
588. Special glasses to watch the Eclipse.
589. A reservation for a romantic dinner.
590. Memories to be made.
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