Today, Steve and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. It sounds like a long time, but the years have flown by much more quickly than we could have imagined when we started this journey. It really doesn’t seem possible that four decades have gone by since we stood before our family and friends and pledge to walk together through life until “death do us part.”
The years since we said our vows have been full, busy, and blessed. We have had the joy to raise three amazing sons and watched them grow up and start families of their own. We are blessed with eight energetic and delightful grandchildren.
One of the greatest blessings is parenting and grandparenting together. Nothing beats knowing that our union and our love has created this family. The boys are our sons and their children are our grandchildren.
Another great source of joy is that we share the same memories. The grandchildren love hearing stories of when their fathers were young. Steve and I experienced these years together, and those memories become more precious as we share them with our grandchildren.
The Bible say, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22. It is just as true that she who finds a husband finds a good thing and obtains favor. Favor from the Lord has certainly come through children and grandchildren. But it has also come by having a godly partner as we journey through life.
Steve and I have prayed together for wisdom on raising the boys and making important decisions. We have supported one another during difficult times and taken grand adventures together. We consult one another and the Lord about important life and financial decisions. God has blessed us financially, as we have tithed and stewarded the resources He has entrusted to us. We have worked together and supported one another in our home life and our careers. This has allowed us to reap the benefits of being able to own a nice home, travel, and save for our retirement years.
Steve is my best friend and the person I trust most in the world. He always has my best interest at heart and goes out of his way to make me feel loved and special. These forty years have been an exciting journey, and I pray that this journey will continue for many more years and many more adventures.