It seems like only yesterday that we stood before God, family, and friends and pledged ourselves to each other with the simple words, “I do!” 40 years has passed quickly. How the miles and the memories have piled up!
Who knew what God had in store for us. Our journey has had unexpected twists and turns, road blocks and rest stops. There has been stretches of white-water rapids and smooth, gliding calm patches. There have been highs and lows and in betweens. On the one hand, life has not turned out as we expected. On the other hand, it has been so much better, richer, and more fulfilling than we ever dreamed possible.
We’ve gone from SoCal to Western MA, with stops in Dallas, TX; Anaheim, CA; Wheaton, IL; Moreno Valley, CA; Bellevue, WA; Redmond, WA; Sammamish, WA; and now Chicopee, MA. We’ve served Christ at churches small, big, and in between in Wheaton, Bellevue, Seattle, and Chicopee. We’ve ministered to children, youth, adults, men, and women. We’ve traveled up and down the West Coast, across the States, visited Madrid, Segovia, Morocco, Amsterdam, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, and New Zealand. We’ve led ministry teams to Toral and Malaga, Spain; Moscow, Tsibanobalka, and Anapa, Russia. We’ve celebrated graduations and weddings, mourned at funerals, seen our children grow to maturity, and encouraged each other through physical therapy. We’ve ridden the roller coaster of “richer and poorer, in sickness and in health.” We’ve experienced, benefited from, enjoyed, and relied upon the grace of God through the ups and downs and twists and turns of life over the years and across the miles. Thanks be to God for all he has done in and through us!
Happy anniversary to my wife, best friend, ministry partner, and lover. 40 years is too short a time to be married to your best friend. May God grant us many more years to serve him together!