We had met at a restaurant after church to talk over our hot chocolate and Coke, as was our habit in those days. Somewhere in the conversation his hand took mine and my heart fell into his. It has been there ever since. Had I known what a wonderful adventure our life together would be, how my husband would be such an incredible reflection of the love of Christ to me, I would have grabbed his hand first!
In forty years we buried three parents and birthed three babies together. We have rejoiced at the arrival of three grandchildren (and are awaiting the arrival of a fourth.) We have lived in one apartment and two houses, had eight dogs and driven eight cars (well, one was really a truck.) We have traveled through twenty states; we have flown, driven and taken trains on our travels. We have played cards, board games, racquetball, badminton, volleyball, chess, tennis, golf, and boccie together. We have walked thousands of miles together, literally. We have hiked mountains, kayaked rivers and parasailed at the beach. We have done six section hikes of the Appalachian Trail together. We've experienced blistering heat, driving rain, hurricane force winds, a tornado, frozen rain, frozen fog and snow together. Somehow along the way the learned to love coffee and have shared unknown number of cups together. We have done countless number of services together, written and sang songs together. We have laughed at each other's jokes, cried with each other's sorrows and celebrated each other's achievements together.
It has been an incredible adventure and I am looking forward to what the next forty-one years will bring.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end.