23 Years ago I said "I do".
At the age of 17, I had no idea what I was saying "I do" to.
But I did and I'm so thankful.
We have beat the odds...All by God's grace.
I can truly say he is the love of my life and
my best friend.
We have had quite a journey since that day in August 1988.
Just a few weeks later, we became parents.
Again, it's all by God's grace our girls have become the young women they are today.
We have done so much to mess them up.
That path has been amazing.
It's taken us places I would have never expected or even chosen.
But wherever the Lord leads him, I'm gonna follow.
I could share much about our last 23 years together but instead,
I'm gonna share what our youngest had to say about our marriage.
~Having my children rise up and called me blessed is the greatest gift I could ever receive~
This is what she wrote:
Dear Daddy and Momma,
As soon as I saw this card, I thought of y'all. Thank y'all for always showing me what a true "in love" couple should look like and act like. One glance at the two of you and anyone would know that y'all were obviously made for each other, but watching y'alls relationship grow throughout the years has made me realize how special a marriage is. Through Christ y'all have a love that is forever and true and I am so blessed to have parents that are not only in love with each other, but most importantly in love with Jesus Christ! I pray that I will be able to have this kind of love one day in a marriage. Y'all are a beautiful example of what true love is through Christ. Happy Anniversary!
To have my daughters want to have what we have, to be like us...what they've seen lived out before them day in and day out.....well, that's it for me!
I'm smiling. Big time. :)
Especially, from our sweet Lauren, who at one time in her life did not value the importance of a Christ-centered relationship... Man! God is so good!!
How awesome is that?
When I was a little girl and would think about my "Happily Ever After"....
Even in my wildest dreams I never pictured it this amazing!
It truly does get sweeter and sweeter and I pray the Lord allows us to get
old and gray and wrinkly together.
"By the grace of God I am what I am,
and His grace towards me was not in vain,"
1 Corinthians 15:10
Linking up with Rachel today.
Wow! Beautiful post. Congratulations. My husband and I will be celebrating 18 years this Sunday. I am also thankful for God's amazing grace. What a beautiful family. You are truly blessed. Thank you for sharing and passing on those blessings!!ReplyDelete
Happy Happy Anniversary! 17 wow! What a great story. LOVE the monkey card. I have to find this for a friend.ReplyDelete
This was such a sweet post! Your family is beautiful :) And wow, 17!!, what a great picture of how faithful our God is.ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh you have a the most beautiful family! I hope you enjoy celebrating your love for one another! I find inspiration in your commitment and passion for love, family and being a great momma!ReplyDelete
You guys are stinkin' adorable!! Happy Anniversary! Here is to 23+ more!!!! Romans 8:28, "And we know that IN ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose!" Amen?ReplyDelete
Wow, you are truly blessed! Thanks for sharing your amazing journey with us :) (and how sweet are your kids?!?)ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! I love U both.ReplyDelete
Oh what a beautiful couple, beautiful family! I know I say that all the time but I can't get over it, not just outward beauty but the best kind as well, that true down in the heart beauty. Happy Anniversary!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful post and such a sweet, thoughtful daughter. I love hearing about your life :)ReplyDelete
Oh and I put your button on my Veggie Mama blog! <3
Beautiful pictures...Happy Anniversary.ReplyDelete
aww ... i just love everything about this post ... happy anniversary ... enjoy!ReplyDelete
tears to my eyes. beautiful! praise jesus for his work in your lives and for your awesome LOVE! happy (late) anniversary, stephanie! xoReplyDelete
Your post brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful and such a testimony to the faithfulness and tenacity in marriage. Such a great post.ReplyDelete
Your daughter's card? Lovely.
You are very blessed.
(and thank you for linking up)
you look beautiful!! you and husband look great together! i love that picture of both your shoes, thats so like me and my hubby. congratulations, you have a beautiful family! i really enjoy your blog, just stumbled onto it today. definitely following now!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness gracious, you have such a beautiful family!! What a sweet sweet love story (the bits and pieces you shared were enough for me!)ReplyDelete
You are SO genuine and SO sweet, I can totally see why your daughters turned out so well.
LOVE your blog!
This post encouraged my heart... marriage can be rough at times, but God is faithful.
(I gave you a shout out on my blog today because I think ALL of my readers should come join you here at The Honey Pot! You have so much to share! They'd love you!)