Monday, July 14, 2008

Speaking of Weddings...

Today my husband and I celebrate our 7th anniversary. We met at the turn of the new millennium, thus beginning an adventure that would change both of our lives forever.

I remember sitting down with the minister during pre-marital counseling and hearing how difficult it was to succeed at a second marriage....and truth be told, if I had known all of the trials and tribulations we were to face these last few years, I wouldn't have gone through with it. I've always said that it's a good thing that God didn't bless us with money or I would've bolted long ago! But how glad I am now that I stayed...

It's fitting that in the book of James - my husband's name - it speaks of how we should be grateful for the challenges that come our way for they help build our character and strength. Two and a half years ago I wrote a post called, "Choosing to Love". I think it's as true today as it was back then. And even though we don't always have a choice in what happens to us, we do have a choice in how we deal with our circumstances. Often it is those decisions that bring us either sorrow or joy.

My husband knows that there are still parts of me that long for the city; for the diversity that is hard to find in small town (or country) living. He knows that there are people whose friendships I miss and that I wish for a neighbor to talk to across the fence, a front porch for my swing, and pavement beneath my feet. And yet, if we hadn't met, if we had not come here I wouldn't have experienced all of the beauty that lies beyond my back doorstep, nor been enriched by those who have crossed my path. Things happen for a reason and people happen for a reason. And so it is with us.

May our journey be just beginning, and may the road before us be lit by grace and love as we travel together in the years ahead.

Happy anniversary, sweetheart. I Love you.

10 comments:

Joi Hayes said...

Good morning Lori!! Happy anniversary to you and James!! Seven years!! I still remember when you two began--seems like yesterday! You two are a wonderful couple-- one of those meant to be couples! Hope you have a special day today and many more years of happiness!----Joi

Slone said...

Happy anniversary!! Heres hoping there are many, many years or memories and love ahead for you two!

McSwain said...

Happy anniversary!

John said...

Aren't you glad we are not shown the future and all that it holds? I'm like you in that I don't know if I would have done the things I've done had I known how hard they'd be. But alas, I have and I am still living and thriving :)

Happy Anniversary to you two!!

Mike said...

Happy Anniversary

jo(e) said...

Happy anniversary!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Happy Anniversary!

Very good post, I enjoyed reading it.

I'm glad you've enjoyed my latest posts ;)

Mrs. Salty said...

Happy Anniversary! You share the same anniversary date with my
parents; they were married in 1957.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Lori,
I'm honored by what you said about me.

I don't take that lightly.

Thank you so much.

Photo Buffet said...

Happy Anniversary, Lori! This is a beautiful tribute to God's role in your life and marriage.