It is interesting how our minds work. More than twenty-five years ago I met the person I wanted in my life more than any on this earth. But for what seemed like an eternity before that day, March 23rd of 1991 I longed for a person to share my life with. It was an awful need, you know. Being in my mid-20s and not having a forever mate was a terrible burden. Okay, I am being melodramatic on purpose, but when you feel like your life is behind schedule to get pretty anxious.
Thankfully I had someone who thought so much of me she devoted unknown hours of prayer to the need I held so dear. Minnie Bryan, the lady to the left of me in our wedding photo, was the person who not only was my first baby-sitter, or “day care mother” as she put it, she was someone who cared so deeply she wanted to make sure I had a good caretaker for my whole life. Minnie and I had such a special relationship she knew me to my core. She also instilled the strong Christian values I hold so dear even now, some two decades past her last day on earth.
Minnie basically arranged the blind date that hatched what we celebrate today, our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. There is a mix of response when folks learn of this momentous milestone. Many are impressed that my wife and I are crossing this mark. But truthfully, in our family twenty-five years is merely a good start. With aunts and uncles marking 40, 50 and even 60 years this achievement, while noteworthy is just a continuation of a family habit.
I know some people go into a marriage immediately thinking of a family. I was just loving the part of having someone in my life. But with time the thought of little ones running around seemed right. By our sixth anniversary we had our son and daughter, Isaac and Meredith to fill out our family.
At this point our family has grown by one more member as our son has introduced Katie to our circle. I think before too long we will be celebrating another wedding as they embark on their own magical journey.
Sharing a Life
No life is completely without its challenges. When you recite the vows of marriage you hears words such as “For Better or Worse” and “In Sickness and Health”. We have weathered our fair share and some might say more. I have lost three members of the core family I loved for decades. We experienced a season where one of our children had a debilitating medical condition.
There has been times when jobs have been lost, or job situations became so stressful there was significant strain in our day to day lives. But through it all our shared faith allowed us to handle our life with grace and patience. We consider God to be the most important part of our marriage. Without Him our journey would have been untenable and likely would not have continued to this day.
Looking Forward to the Next Twenty-five
Being able to share your life with another is such a unique blessing, and I want to take the chance right here to say I am abundantly blessed. I know my wife was certainly a gift from God and I thank Him every day for her. As we transition to the portion of life where we spend more time together and begin to see the world, I look forward to many opportunities to enjoy our time together.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY LIBBY!