20 years ago.
I married the guy in this picture.
(The big one, not the little one, he’s our son!)
It was the opening weekend of rifle deer season. (Which I heard lots of complaints about from those gents who wanted to get up early the following morning to hunt!)
My own gent was a bow hunter at the time and didn’t care at all!
We’ve seen much in these 20 years.
My dad was killed in an accident almost exactly a year later.
Our four beautiful children were born.
We bought a house.
My husband lost his grandmother and then a few years later his grandfather on his Dad’s side.
My hubby worked full time night shift for years while going to college to earn his mill wright journeyman card.
We sold our house and moved overseas.
We lived for a year in the country our girls refer to as “home” and then moved back.
We walked through extreme physical problems.
(I can’t express the emotion of dropping my spouse at the ER because he thought he was having a heart attack, but not being able to stay because he wanted me to wait with the children a good 45 minutes away.)
Then his health improved.
We walked through owning a business.
We walked through my extreme physical issues.
We walked through the slow process of physical rehabilitation.
We walked through closing our business.
We walked through buying another house.
We walked through another job change.
(Praise the Lord!)
We walked through our children growing and starting sports.
We walked through my hubby working full time and going back to college.
We walked through our first high school graduate.
We walked through our first child getting married.
There is so much more.
So many things.
Over and over and over God has worked and been so present in our daily lives.
Yet, I don’t want to spend too much time looking backward.
I want to look forward to what God has for our future, our family.
I have learned much.
But I know there is so… much more.
More for me to grow in, for me to understand, for me to learn.
It is good to live in today for the Bible makes it clear.
Today is a gift from God.
Jesus, thank You for my husband. Thank You for 20. Please continue to teach me how to be a godly wife and mother. Please bless our family. Thank You.