1975... Thirty-three years ago. I was just a child and he was barely a man. We were so in love we could barely breathe. Walking down the aisle, I was the happiest girl in the world! I remember the little shotgun house we rented for $40.00 a month. Love kept us alive - literally - we were so poor! But God has blessed us... and blessed and blessed. On so many levels. Financially. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. We have three wonderful children... two beautiful daughters-in-love; five amazing grandchildren. A loving extended family that we are close to. A dynamic church family. Precious friends both near and far. Best of all, we're still together. We have each other and we are more in love now than ever. As we were standing on the balcony of our cruise ship in Alaska last week, my husband asked me if I ever dreamed I would be sailing the Pacific in such luxury. I answered honestly, "No". I am living a life that I never even dreamed of. I didn't know how to imagine this life that God has blessed me with. I am wide eyed in wonder of God's magnificence. I don't feel worthy or even qualified to be where I am today. But I am so grateful for His mercy and kindness. I give God all the glory because He is totally responsible for everything good in my life. All that is good "in" me is because of Him.
As I began radiation treatment this week, I thanked Him again for Life... for Health and for Strength. I do not take this life for granted. I am savoring every morsel of my day. Every person I come in contact with, I want to give them my full attention and let them feel their validity. As we celebrate our anniversary, I especially want my husband to know how precious He is to me; how appreciative I am of his love and support. Thirty-three years is a long time to stick with someone as crazy as me! I want to make him the happiest, proudest man alive. He's already the best looking one!