Posts Tagged ‘anniversary’

It’s Our Day, Again

Friday, September 16th, 2016

It’s September 16th.

The day in 1989 that we did this.

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Who knew we’d still be at it 27 years later?

Oh, I kid. We knew, otherwise….why else would we have plunged into marriage at 22 years old with nothing between us but an old Chevy Cavalier and an S-10 truck?

Kids, we had nothing. Just cars. No house, no furniture, no STUFF and certainly no cellphones!

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I’d hop in an old 80’s style limo with you all over again, babe!

Nobody could tell us a thing, we wouldn’t have listened any way. From day one, we’ve bit off more than we could chew and paid triple what anything cost….but we did it our way.

Two head strong first-born leaders – pushing, forcing and insisting on getting the last word. Over & over & over again.

Still, here we are…alive, in love and looking forward to every moment together. That’s real love.

I am so thankful you didn’t kick me to the curb and that I never choked you out and watched your eyes pop out of your head. (sorry for the graphic description of my passion for you)

WE BELONG TOGETHER!!! Two crazies livin’ on love.

I love you. Happy 27th anniversary, true love!

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Summer Weather Autumn’s Cheer

Thursday, September 1st, 2016


September, never disappoints. It literally blew in with the softest chilly breeze this morning. Perfect hot-tub weather. So, I obliged.

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The summer heat is slipping away, slowly. Taking along with it the memories of flower beds over-flowing, tomatoes on the vine and endless mowing. For me, this summer has been a time of uncertainty and stress.

I’m learning to let it go and look forward.

September is a special month for me. Not only because I love the fall — it’s my wedding month. Every year for the last 27 years, the 16th comes around…reminding me that all those years ago I put on my most beloved dress and did my make-up & hair, hoping to take his breath away for the rest of his life.

He still behaves as though I do, so I capitalize on that by celebrating our love every year.

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It’s not just my anniversary though. I love September for all the other good things it offers too:

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I’m almost giddy with excitement when I read over that list. Football, guac, PSL’s……CANDLES!!! Seriously, all my favorite things about this world! It’s no wonder why I picked September to marry my best friend!

It’s our month, baby!!!

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And September 2016 holds a whole new life for us! So, come on in September! We’ve been waiting for you, welcome!

Long Time Baby

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Everytime I say I've been married 23 years….I feel really old.  Mainly because I turned 23 less than a month after we got married.  So double that dude and you get the big 4 6 !!!  Wow!  That seems old!

This girl, was young.

To say I had no idea what 23 years would be like with Mr. Kissing in the prayer garden guy…is an understatement.

I mean, really.  I married a policeman who left the armpit of crime fighting jobs to attend seminary.  I moved place to place dragging along our 3 babies for ministry life.  And now, here I sit in some town in Indiana (that is far far from home) married to an IT dude.  Huh?

How did all of that happen in 23 years?

The coolest thing happened today.  The sermon was a kick-off into to a series based on the family.  The pastor's first stop?  Marriage.  As soon as he started preaching, I felt something really special in my heart for my own marriage.  It hasn't been easy to live as one for the last 23 years.  There have been rough times and crummy moments that I know both of us wish we could change.  Maybe those experiences are what glues us together.  Both of us are pretty stubborn.  But more than that…..we see our marriage much like the pastor spoke today.

We have a HIGH VIEW of marriage.  

Proverbs 18:22 "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."

Our marriage is HERE TO STAY.

Our marriage is PERMANENT.

And WE PROMISE to deny ourselves (this can be hard sometimes) and love one another because that's what we vowed to do until death do us part.

Gracious Lord,

My marriage wouldn't mean a thing without you.  Thank you for the covenant love that I have with my husband.  I'm forever grateful that YOUR guiding hand led me to the man who loves me just like I am, so long ago.


Twenty-Two Reasons I Love your Mother (Blog Hijacked by a Loving Husband)

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Twenty – Two Reasons I Love Your Mother

Kids, I thought it would be a nice if I were to share with you a few of the many reasons that I love your mother! I also wanted to share these reasons with those who read her blog.

1. Mom is not pretentious. She may wish she was different in some areas, but she doesn’t pretend to be someone she is not.

2. Your mother is classy, and always has been. It comes to her as naturally as breathing.

3. I love your mom’s ability to be satisfied with less. At times, my inability to provide your mother with the thing many other women owned or enjoyed have been, for me, a rather painful source of regret. Never once in our married life has Mom complained about not having what others had, though she certainly deserved much more.

4. I just love the fact that Mom considers me her best friend! Rightly or wrongly, she hasn’t really pursued other friendships to the degree that other wives usually do.

5. Your Mother is an excellent administrator: I love that about her! She brings a level of organization that keeps everything running smoothly.

6. I love Mom for bringing our son, Gavin into the world; the world is a better place because of him!

7. I love Mom for bringing our daughter, Ally into the world; the world is a better place because of her!

8. I love Mom for bringing our daughter, Gates into the world; the world is a better place because of her!

9. I love your mother for the joy she has brought into my life over the twenty-two years of our marriage. Mom was, indeed, the wife of my youth that Proverbs 5 talks about.

10. I love how your mom is not daunted by large tasks of any kind: whether it’s 15 loads of laundry or painting a living room.

11. Mom has a loyalty to her family that only a mother could possess! It’s easy to love her for that.

12. I love watching your mom retell a story related to our marriage or engagement, or giving advice to people about romance. She allows her love for me to show on her face as she speaks. It can take my breath away.

13. I love your Mother’s eagerness to sit and dream with me about our future.

14. I love how Mom is willing to help me pull out of my periodic times of discouragement and malaise!

15. I love spending time alone with your Mother, I enjoy spending time with her.

16. I really love how your Mom loves spending time with me.

17. I love to see your Mother fully enjoying herself! Interestingly, some of the other qualities (responsibility, industry) that make me love your Mom actually work against her, making it rather difficult for her to stop everything and enjoy life. When Mom does, though, I love being there to see it!

18. I love looking into your Mother’s eyes during those special times of communication and connectedness; there’s nothing more wonderful as oneness of heart, soul, body, and mind!

19. I love your Mom for enjoying hearing me talk to her…

20. I love how your Mother’s care for all of you is like magnetic north—it will remain there, unchanged forever.

21. I love how your Mother will go out of her way to show love to me in a language she doesn’t naturally speak herself. I love how your Mom looks, and smells, and feels,… oohhh,… enough said!? Right Gates??

22. Most of all I love how you Mother loves the Lord with all her heart and has been willing to follow Him no matter where He led her.

Honey, I love you with all my heart. Thank you for a wonderful 22 years!

21 Years

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Already? My word. How does time fly by so quickly? It doesn’t seem possible. My life has been full of good times and not so good ones. But all along the trip…..he’s been by my side. Today is special to me in many ways (even when you have to go on and act normal all day by working, hauling kids and cooking dinner!). It’s the day that I CHOSE to walk down the aisle to marry the man who would live life with me. It’s the day I said yes. Yes to happiness, joy and even pain. It’s our day!


What’s in store……who knows, right? With us, it could be a doozy! 🙂

Dear God,

Thank you for the privilege of being a wife. Forgive me for the many ways I’ve fallen short at that gift. My heart’s desire is not just to learn to love YOU more….but to love my husband more, everyday! Help me to be the wife YOU want me to be. Bless my husband through me and the love that only I can give him.



I remember sitting in my car right after meeting you for the first time praying that God would allow me to have you as my wife! People thought I was crazy when I told them I was going to marry you the day after I met you but I just knew you were the one for me!

God has used you to be a blessing to my life in so many ways. Just knowing that you love me- of your own free choosing- still makes my heart race! (or is that just my walking up the stairs??? 🙂 I wish I could go back and start over– ONLY because I want an extra 21 years with you. Well, maybe there are some things I would do differently. . . Boy, if I had just learned the first time not to argue with PMS, the things I could have done with all that extra time!!

I feel extra special because a woman like you chose me.


I thank You for the blessing my wife has been to me. Thank You for giving my children a mother who cares for them and wants them to be a blessing to You. Thank You for 21 years with a woman who has walked beside me as a partner, a woman who has pushed me when I needed a push, a woman who has comforted me when I needed comfort, and most especially a woman who has loved You with her whole heart! Her stunning beauty is certainly an added bonus! Keep us close to You so that we may grow closer to each other.

In Jesus’ Name

Your Loving Husband,