Vacation Bible School week…
Crazy Hair Day for students and leaders…
School board meeting…
And our 16th Anniversary!!
I’m pretty proud of this anniversary photo–the two of us, together, doing things we love. A cathedral length veil and flamingo shorts just says a lot! We look forward to celebrating “properly” next weekend with a getaway for just the two of us, but the day didn’t go uncelebrated in spite of the timing! Than had volunteers bring me flowers throughout the day, and I ended up with a huge pitcher which I displayed next to our wedding photos for anyone who was patient enough to stop and take a peek.
We squeezed in family dinner at Chik-Fil-A, always the height of romantic destinations, and were happy to serve together surrounded by people who care for us well. It really was a happy anniversary, and who knows what we will be dressed in after 16 more!
Has it really been 14 years since I dressed up in my grandmother’s ivory satin? 14 years since that blur of a day when I felt like a princess and smiled so much my cheeks hurt? 14 years since the man I loved became the man I married? 14 years of sharing love, laughter, life together? Yes, 14 years…
(The man who led my college Bible study posted some reflections about his 20th anniversary shortly after we celebrated our 14th. I find them particularly appropriate for the way my marriage feels to me, so I hope you read them…)
Random Quote #425
Sensual pleasure passes in the twinking of an eye, but the friendship between us, the mutual confidence, the delights of the heart, the enchantment of the soul, these things do not perish and can never be destroyed. I shall love you until I die. –Voltaire
Another love-letter quote, collected in my college long-distance-dating days. I like the way this quote speaks to the value of a long-term marriage, the deeper connections that far outlast the allure of dating or the thrill of new love.
Random Quote #475
…my soul years for the friend whom God has given it–whose soul He has married to my soul. Oh, my dearest, how that thought thrills me! –Nathaniel Hawthorne, written to his wife Sophia
A good love letter quote, this one makes me grateful for the soul that God chosen to be married to mine. I am a girl very much in love, 12 years of marriage and counting.
This charming pair is enough to make any Valentine’s Day memorable all on its own, but when you stir in a hearty dose of their romantic father the holiday suddenly rises to a new level! I was treated to a new set of Tupperware, hidden all around the house, each one holding a little treat for me. I figured that was a great celebration and was planning a nice dinner for our family. Imagine my surprise when instead my children disappeared while I wasn’t looking and Than took me out instead to a very fancy Valentine’s dinner at The Manor House. Slowly falling snow, lights sparkling at our hilltop destination, even a bouquet of flowers from my mother-in-law and “our song” playing during dinner. I am a fortunate woman indeed.
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.–Harriet Van Horne
This quote reminds me to just jump in and go for it! I’m not a very good risk taker, but too much caution can be detrimental to good results (in food and in relationships.) So take a chance…ask a tricky question…buy a kumquat…let me know what happens! (Of course, a mistake in cooking is much easier to deal with then a mistake in love, but I think the rewards are commensurate with the risk…)
Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrous,/God has written in those stars above;/But not less in the bright flowerets under us/Stands the revelation of his love. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This quote actually fits the picture, for once! I think one of the things that amazes me most about God is not that He created the grand cosmos, but that He created such intricate beauty in so many tiny, temporary places. I am awed when I think of the detail of His care for each individual living thing–me among them. That is a love that is so big and so deep and so incredible.
“There is no loving others without living for others.” –Henrietta C. Mears
This quote just reminds me that an attitude of love has to come out in actions of service. It can’t be all in my head! An important thing to remember as a parent, for sure–my kids need to see love, not just hear about it. Also an important thing to remember as a Christ follower–God’s love in me makes a difference in how I live.
When a child walks right up to my bedside before I get up in the morning, it is really nice when I realize that he got up early to create and then show me this…
God’s gifts come in lots of different ways. Who knew that something as ordinary as this…
…could contain an anonymous letter that would bring such deep awe and tangible encouragement to…
…and motivate us to see His hand in a clear and powerful way. What is there to say but…
…to you, whoever you are, for showing His love and care to us. We are humbled and grateful, and give glory to God for His provision.