Friday, August 21, 2009

Life Without Romance is Black and White written by Dave, for Carol Steward

My husband wrote that for me when I started writing romance. What a sweetheart, huh?

This week I've had many reminders not to take anything for granted. Though we've had numerous bumps in the road throughout our marriage, we're celebrating 31 years together!

Saturday my husband and I were on our way to the mountains for our first vacation ON our anniversary in at least 25 years, (since he started teaching) and were stuck in a traffic jam for over an hour. A drunk driver, with her children in her car, had caused an accident and taken another woman's life less than 10 minutes before we got to that particular place in the road. Had we not stopped for a Starbucks, it could have been us.

Later that day, my mother fell for the second time in two weeks, sending her to the hospital to deal with complications of her congestive heart failure. While this is nothing new, each time, we're reminded how fragile life truly is.

The day was full of reminders that life is a precious gift, even more precious when we can share it with someone we love and treasure. We're both very different people than that hot summer day years ago when we said "I do." Growing up, raising three children, and facing daily challenges, we both appreciate the blessings God has given us more every day. The good times and the rough times come and go, but our love makes it all bearable.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain." author unknown
Thanks, Dave, for teaching me to dance in the rain!


Lynette Eason said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the reminders about seeing God's blessings and provisions everywhere.
God Bless!

GunDiva said...

Sounds like you've got yourself a pretty smart man! Congratulations and happy anniversary.

Edna said...

We have had lots of bumps as we have been married for 48 years and raised 4 children. We do not have any likes the same, everything I like to do he doesn't and he likes anything outside and I hate it, don't really know how we have lived together, but we have never seprated and have not ever had many disagreements, not to fuss about anyway. We are reitred now and don't even have the kids in common so he does his thing and I do mine, we are together in the late afternoons for dinner and then for the night, All I know is that God meant for us to be together and He made a way, We are Crhistians and have never done anything bad against each other, no smoke nor drink any acholol so we do good. Praise God what He joined together no man has parted.


PamelaTracy said...

Happy anniversary!

Terri Reed said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. And thank you for the reminder of how fragile and precious life is. God is good!

Glenann said...

Congratulations! My husband and I also celebrated 31 years of wedded bliss this month. We are both teachers, so I can relate to not celebrating much on the actual date. We're usually surrounded by 1000s of junior high kids! That doesn't stop us, however, from counting our blessings and thanking God for every moment we've been together. Thank you for sharing your story.

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