No, luck has nothing to do with it.
I’m blessed. God has gifted me with a wonderful friend….my closest confidant…my partner in every way. Yep, that’s how I see my husband. We’ll celebrate our wedding anniversary this month – a pretty monumental one. As the date approaches my mind has wandered down memory lane on several occasions reminiscing on our life together.
We were just kids when we met – 19 years old – and in many ways we’ve grown up together. We may not have shared our childhood years, but when I look back over our lives I can see how we’ve certainly grown and matured on our journey together. We’ve shared a lot of “firsts” and partnered together in everything we’ve ever set out to do. I can honestly say we spend the majority of our time together, not apart.
So, indulge me. Allow me to walk down memory lane and share our life by the numbers:
Met at 19
Dated 3 years
Married when we were 22
Served 4 different churches
Raised (ing) 3 kiddos
Made 7 houses our homes
Loved 2 dogs
Enjoyed 3 cruises (our fav way to vacation!)
Endured 5 surgeries (Note: Shawn is NOT the best patient)
Bought 9 cars
Started 1 church that has started 6 more
Hosted 9 conferences for pastors
Baptized 1700+ people for the Lord
Started/lead 5 ministries
Held hands 8,395 times
Supported each other more times than I can count
And, laughed (mostly at my expense) on a daily basis.
It seems I’ve blinked and decades have passed.
This month, on the 27th, Shawn and I will celebrate our life of partnership together.…20 years of love, friendship, and adventure. 20 years of high’s and low’s, laughs and tears, conflicts and hugs. 20 years of memories.
I would not be who God wanted me to be without that man of mine, and I pray we have many more years and memories ahead of us. So, thanks for indulging a little sentimentality today.
Now, I could use your help! Do you have suggestions for how we should celebrate the big day?