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16 Years Ago…

16 Years Ago…

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!

14 Years…

14 Years…

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…

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(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…)

http://www.rabbitroom.com/2015/06/twenty-years/

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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.

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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.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility The Musical

Thanks to a Christmas gift and kid sleepover, Than and I enjoyed a special evening out.  First came dinner reservations at The Corner Office.  In classic Than style, we enjoyed a meal of appetizers followed by dessert-perfect!  We shared Lemon Steamed Edamame, Suppli al Telefono (yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either–the menu says “braised short rib and mozzarella risotto fritters with olive tapenade in a tomato ragu.  Whatever it was, it was YUMMY!), and a Soba Noodle Salad.  For dessert we had their version of a banana split–fried bananas topped with avocado ice cream, coconut whipped cream, nutella, and a few tart cherries.

Following dinner we walked back to the performing arts complex for a new musical based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  The longer it went on, the more we loved it!  By the end we were both thoroughly impressed and happily entertained–humor, romance, costumes, clever sets, catchy music and lyrics–highly recommended.  It is playing in Denver through May, so maybe you should buy a ticket!

I am so grateful to be married to a man I enjoy fun times with, and grateful for the other people in our lives who make them possible.

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Having someone to love doubles our joy and halves our sorrow.

Doubling my joy is a part of parenting I really appreciate!  Halving my sorrow is a benefit of marriage that is incredibly valuable.  I am grateful for God’s provision of family life that helps make this quote true for me.

Eleven Years Ago…

Eleven Years Ago…

from my journal, June 14, 2001

“This is the end of my final day as a Shaw daughter.  My last night as a single woman.  The last time I sleep in this room.  The last time I will sleep alone.  It hardly seems real–like I’m watching a movie or something… I hope details are coming together but surely with so much help the important stuff will be taken care of and the unimportant won’t be a problem… God brought us here, He will hold us together, and that is all that matters.  Tomorrow will be a full day, a fun day, a beautiful day, no matter what happens.  I am marrying the man of my dreams and all of my family will be there to rejoice with us…

My family has done an amazing job of supporting me throughout this wedding.  Their love is evident everywhere–Dad working on the house and telling people how much he’ll miss me, Nathan playing the trumpet and standing up with me, Kaye playing cello and totally doing all the decorations and supporting me, mom working so hard and running errands with me and caring but not stressing out.  I am so blessed to have a family like that and a man like Than as well (of course, I love his family too).  There is so much I haven’t said, especially concerning how I feel about Than and how much I love him, but it is getting late and I need sleep.  Tomorrow my first love will turn into my lifelong love and I will begin a new chapter of life.  My feelings are many but I feel wrapped in God’s hand, secure in His direction, filled with His love.  I’m ready to get married!!”

Random Quotes Return

Random Quotes Return

It’s been awhile, and I have a stock of nice autumn photos from my husband, so the random quote returns!  Ironically, on the heels of our 10th anniversary trip this weekend, random quote #109 is…

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.  –Ingrid Bergman

Nothing profound to say, just like this one because of the fun words.  How often do you get to say superfluous?!!

 

 

Anniversary Getaway

Anniversary Getaway

Although our 10th anniversary was back in June, we celebrated again this weekend with a delightful weekend away.  Thanks to the gift of a condo from my parents and babysitting from Than’s parents, we enjoyed…

…a tour and tea tasting at Celestial Seasonings

…the majestic landscapes of Bill Hughes at the Leaning Tree art gallery

…four bull elk stopping traffic

…veal saltimbocca with cannoli for dessert

…window shopping in nearly every store in downtown Estes

…three visits to a great papercrafting store (including a husband who not only gave me permission to buy things, but helped me pick them out!)

…chai tea by the side of a lake while watching the moon and stars

…dashing barefoot through the cold to warm up in a deserted hot tub

…late night card games

…discovering a lovely little Anglican chapel hidden away on a dirt road

…the beauty of golden aspens mixed with dark pines

…tequila lime tacos and spicy queso

…taking photos of each other just outside our room by a rushing stream

…beignets with raspberry sauce and an avocado-turkey eggs Benedict

…peeking in rooms at the beautiful and historic Stanley Hotel

…waking up to the first snow of the season

…the freedom to keep our own schedule–go whenever, eat whenever, wake and sleep whenever

…lots of uninterrupted conversation, perhaps one of the best treats of all

We are so grateful for the time away together, and look forward to the next ten years!

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Randomly generated quote #722…

“Our state cannot be sever’d; we are one,/One flesh; to lose thee were to loose myself.”  –Milton

Not sure what to say about this quote, just passing it on as a souvenier of my college days, collecting romantic quotes to send to my boyfriend far away.  Perhaps thinking about romantic love a little more is good anytime, for an old married lady as well as for a starry eyed girl.  God does, after all, call me to be one flesh with the man he has given to share my life.