Monday, May 30, 2011


Seventeen years ago, 2 very young people made solemn vows to each other in the presence of great friends, family, and loving supporters.  Last night Brian and I watched our wedding video.  Tonight, we will steal away for a few hours to have dinner, reflect upon the last 17 years, and dream about the years to come.

Life lesson:  Milestones are important

Why do we celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and even mark a day of remembrance we call Memorial Day?  It is so important to set aside time for pointed reflection, to remember.  It reminds me of the children of Israel as they crossed the Jordan after God’s miraculous holding back of the rushing water.  They were commanded to stop and build a memorial of stones.  They made the memorial as a special remembrance of God’s provision which would serve as a testimony for generations to come.

The truth about the last seventeen years:

  1. Time has flown by!  Looking at the young smiling faces in the video, I can hardly believe seventeen years have passed.  It is a great reminder to stop and enjoy today and everyday!  We work too hard, take life too seriously, and don’t slow down enough.
  2. It has been better than I ever imagined!  I could have never imagined what a great adventure Brian and I would lead the day we stood hand in hand promising to love one another until death.  Our love has grown and deepened.  The love that bloomed in my heart at the wedding altar seventeen years ago is such a small part of the more mature, seasoned celebration of love as Brian and I walk silently hand in hand, or smile as our kids wow us both, or nod because we know exactly what the other is thinking.
  3. It has been harder than I ever imagined!  I knew marriage would be work, but I never imagined the pain and heartache I would suffer as I worked to submit, serve, and die to self.  Love is hard, painful work, but it is worth every bit of it!
  4. Milestones are important!  I loved hearing Brian talk to the kids about how much mom and dad love each other.  I know these talks help them find security and see the blessing of marriage.  We definitely don’t get it all right, but it is important to stop and remember how faithful God has been.  We trust our testimony will serve our children for years to come!

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