Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Happy Anniversary to . . .

ME and my amazing husband of 30 Years!!!  

{I can't believe it has been thirty years since we said, "I do!"  No one warned us the years would speed by as quickly as they have!}

These pictures were taken on May 14, 1983 ~ one of the happiest days of my life!  I had no idea at that time what a real treasure I was getting ~ a man of integrity and honor who would be hard working and faithful through times of joy and celebration, times of intense testing and tears, and all the many routine, "real life" days in between.  This man has loved me through ten pregnancies and births (including two home births), plus a couple miscarriages along the way!  :)  He has continued to love me and tell me I'm beautiful, even though my body will never be the same!  ;)

God has been so gracious to us, giving us so much more than we ever imagined or deserved!  {We certainly never imagined having ten children!}

Have our lives been perfect??  Of course not!  We've made many mistakes through the years, and have endured many challenges and heartaches, just like any other couple. Most of our friends who got married back in those days have long since parted ways. What is our secret??  Love. Commitment. Forgiveness.  Choosing to follow God's ways.

Forgiveness is huge. Consider this verse:

Proverbs 17:9 says, "He {she} who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he {she} who repeats and harps on a matter separates even close friends."  

We have chosen to forgive and forget any offenses and to just keep loving and living life together, seeking to always glorify God in our home and family.

The result?

A happy marriage and a beautiful family that loves God and each other!  That is more than I could have ever dreamed of thirty years ago!!  I am truly blessed!  :)

"And to think it all began when two people fell in love . . ." 

The entire family on Josh and Kristi's wedding day, May 12, 2012.  
Yes, we aren't the only ones celebrating an anniversary!  :)


Happy Busy Mama said...

Beautiful in so many ways. Missing you and your family and sharing your prayer of gratitude for this special day and marriage that perseveres through many changes.

busymomof10 said...

Thank you!! It is certainly a special milestone and we have so much to be grateful for! :)

Gail @ http://biblelovenotes.com said...

How fun to see these photos. And what a nice tribute to your husband/marriage. Bless you!

Fawn Weaver said...

Love, love, love! Happy 30th anniversary!

Jess said...

Congrats! Today is our 20th. It has also gone so fast, but I'm looking forward to 30, 40, 50....

hsmominmo said...

Happy Anniversary! It's wonderful to see couples who've committed and worked and stayed the course.
You have a beautiful family, you are blessed indeed.

Fawn Weaver said...

Happy 30th anniversary! And how cool is that to have your anniversary just a couple days after your child's? A legacy of love. Beautiful.

Chris said...

Congratulations and happy 30th!!

Wow, Elizabeth, these pics are priceless!! You both look radiant!

How COULD 1983 truly be 30 years ago? Unreal.

Also, today's post on your "front porch" is gorgeous. Making progress?? Good grief, girl, you are doing a marvelous job creating a beautiful home and hearth. You look more settled than us and we've been here 17 years! LOL

Seriously, beautiful.

Enjoy the weekend and thank you for sharing your home and family with us!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks Chris! You are too sweet! Such an encourager!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments and for rejoicing with us!!

Marty Hadding said...

How wonderful! Happy anniversary and may God continue to bless you both with many more years to come!

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