It’s passed along so quickly. Oh, yes, there have been many days that felt like the minutes drug on, but I blinked and fifteen years had passed.
It really happens that quickly! A blink of an eye! The wedding day I carefully planned for more than six months and in much anticipation arrived on July 29th, 2000. It didn’t go quite as smoothly as I had hoped, but, hey, I have some memories to share with the grandkids… one day. As soon as the nuptials were said, the cake was eaten and the car was secretly decorated with vaseline and balloons, the planning began for the eventual family we would have.
One day came eleven months later with baby number one, past due in the middle of a Nebraskan heat wave, but in God’s perfect timing. Chubby cheeks were kissed and adored by everyone; first grandbaby on both sides. Fear of not being a good mother, having a fevering baby and feelings of “what was I thinking?” all came with our first arrival. I soon got the hang of being a mom and captured every moment on film, soon after digital. We were so young and struggled a lot, but all I really remember were all those precious moments of holding hands, sweet kisses, new adventures, sleeping babies and a family that keeps on growing.
In the last fifteen years we have birthed four miraculous blessings; I can’t even count how many diaper changes that there have been, and seen them grow healthily into God-loving children. We have endured three very long deployments from the many years in service to the United States Army, lived all over the country before finding Alaska to be our “home”, and fought to keep financial stability the whole time.
God sure has blessed us with family everywhere we have lived and our water has never run dry. The bank may say “low funds” at times, but there is always something there and we have never felt the poverty like so many do.
I am the most incredibly blessed woman to have found a man who fears the Lord as much as he loves him; puts the needs and desires of his wife and children before his own always; is quick to praise; always finds a teachable moment; has compassion for those less fortunate.
I never would have imagined a life as this when I answered my phone at midnight seventeen years ago. It almost feels like a dream, until the four scream “MOM!”.
Fifteen years! Wow! Fifteen more and beyond to come!
Lord, give me a heart of service unto you with joy and gladness. May I have noble character so that I may be my husband’s crown (Proverbs 12:4) and not be disgraceful. Thank you for the man you have placed to be my husband. Amen.