Yesterday was our 23rd wedding anniversary. I just wanted to say that I am thankful that our marriage has survived those years. This year we went for the simple celebration. We went to a state park. Went for a walk. Drove through downtown Annapolis by the Naval Academy - beautiful. Enjoyed the day. Went to supper at a favorite seafood restaurant. Came home and watched a movie. It was just a nice day. Other years we have done the romantic get away thing and that has been fun also.
Over the years we have had some highs and lows. We were thrilled to get married. Then in about the second year we were in marriage counseling. Then I got testicular cancer and had two surgeries and chemo. Not long after we recovered from that we had a big high with our twins being born.
Later in our marriage, we went on a 3.5 month trip together as a family which started out optimistically but by the end we weren't doing so well relationally. Right before we got back, we really got on track with each other and had some good times together as a family.
A few years later we separated for 16 months. By God's grace we reconciled and now help others.
Now the kids are in college and we are adjusting to an empty nest and learning to just enjoy each other all over again.
So I am thankful for our years together.
I hope this short time line helps others to remember the good in their marriages, and celebrate the victories over any prior challenges. I want to give hope to those currently facing challenges to persevere. God says He can do more than we can ask or imagine - and I know that to be true, because I have seen it in our own marriage.