“A wedding anniversary is a celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”    

                                                                                                 

momanddad-web.jpgDespite what you may have read on these pages recently, this year has been about partnership. Our roles have been modified over the years as we have gone through mortgages and childbirth, career change and travel, but the fundamental understanding that we are equal partners before the Lord hasn’t changed.

      

Perhaps because we were older when we met (24 and 27) and more sure of ourselves, we could allow the other some room to grow and be the person God intended. I know we have both tried to do that. We know also that work and kids and church and family have always been trying to push us in the direction of their needs, so it hasn’t been easy. But here we are, thirty years into our marriage, and we are still attempting to foster that completeness in the other that fulfils us and accomplishes God’s purpose.

We have not made this journey alone. Our families, friends and colleagues have helped us with their support and encouragement. Our children have been an inspiration to us, as they have faced their challenges with courage, humour and compassion. And of course God has been there providing and guiding; His hand of grace and rebuke molding our lives after the kind intention of His will.

For those of you who know us, we thank you for your affection and your support. We wouldn’t be here today without your help. You have enriched our lives and given us strength. We sincerely hope that our marriage has been a source of hope and encouragement to you in your journey through life. God has been good to us in giving us to each other. We trust that our lives have shown you that goodness, for that too is His intention.

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