It was 40 years ago Sunday, January 5, that my husband and I said our “I Do’s”. This month’s Sunday, January 5, 2014, was almost as cold (maybe colder) as the day we married. January 5, 1974, was a sunny day, but it was COLD! The night after our wedding we were very thankful to have a block heater to plug in on our car and that the motel we stayed at was equipped with plug-ins!
We may have been married on one of the COLDEST days of the year and we celebrated 40 years on one of the coldest days this year.
My husband asked me how I felt about actually having been married that long. I told him “it just feels so comfortable to be married to you. I would not change anything. It’s like fitting into an “old shoe”!
I can say we LOVE being married to each other. We know each other’s likes and dislikes. We know each other’s quirks. We talk with one another like good friends do and we share intimacies that only a husband and wife can comfortably share with each other.
Is our marriage perfect? By no means. But we do know that we can trust one another and also know that when we admit to our mistakes we will be forgiven! Most of all we share the ONE Who has made all things new – Jesus. We serve Him daily in the work that we do and we love that! God has been good to us. Do we have everything of this world’s goods? NO. But we do know that He has provided for us from the days we were living in married student housing at UND (North Dakota) and through the seminary days, early ministry days, adoption days (we have two adopted sons), moving days, and the many transitions we have made to the new places we have lived so we can serve the Lord in ministry. As we have moved from Grand Forks, ND, to Fargo, ND, to Minneapolis, to Michigan, to Bismarck and Beulah, North Dakota, to Eugene, Oregon, and now back to Beresford, South Dakota, we have been blessed with good friends who have taken good care of us. God is good – ALL the time!
Even though this winter’s temperatures continue to fluctuate like a bouncing ball, we have the stability of knowing God is with us wherever we are. No, we don’t like winter when it is -10 with wind chills of -35 on one day and then the next day the high is 40 degrees above zero! That rattles our bodies too much. But we have the warmth of God’s love in our home and our lives. We have much to be thankful for these 40 years.