Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our 16th Anniversary

Brett and I celebrated 16 years of marriage on July 12th.  It seems hard to believe that we have been married this many years already.  The years truly do fly by.  We have known it each for almost 20 years!  Our dating days at Bethany College still seem so fresh in my mind.  I recently saw a video of a couple getting engaged on Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh, PA and memories came quickly back to our night on Mt. Washington, the flowers, the ring hidden in the flowers, me almost losing the ring over the railing high above the city.
Our engagement picture

Our wedding day was perfect.  A beautiful summer day in July.  Our ceremony completed with loved ones and friends.

Over the past 16 years, God has worked in our lives in a way that we could never have written ourselves.  Through the prayers of our family, we have come to know, understand, and believe that our life, our marriage, and our family are blessed by acknowledging God as our savior and putting Him at the center of our marriage.  Our life is full with the awesome responsibility that comes with raising the eight children we have been blessed with.  However, we have come to understand that the greatest gift we can provide our children with is showing them everyday that God is first, our love for each of is second, and our family is third.
This year, we have taken time for date nights, and even had the chance to get away for 5 amazing days to reconnect.  I'm looking forward to this year and trust that God has great things in store for our marriage.
"complete by joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind."
Philippians 2:2

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