Just the other day, we were talking about how long 40 years is, and yet how short.
So much has happened, so much ground covered, so many ups and downs, highs and lows, the good, the bad, the ugly.
Yet, through it all, God's been faithful!
"To 50 and beyond," we say.
Here are a few highlights of our 40 years together . . .
Graduating from college as a young married couple
Enjoying our Thomas Road/Liberty years as students and later, Chuck on staff, Eileen home schooling.
Happy Father's Day to Chuck, Dad to three precious daughters!
Our first mission trip to India, a dream come true for our oldest daughter
Our music/drama years at Grace Baptist
Fun times with family and extended family
Conducting marriage seminars together for the past 16 years!
Ministering with Total Life Counseling for 28 years!
Fun times as we enter the empty nest season
First beach reunion as parents-in-law and grandparents!
Loving life and each other!
Stealing a kiss at the ocean
Surprise 40th Anniversary outing put together by our family (now grown from 2 to 16)
What a joy to love and be loved!
Keep working on your marriages, readers! It's worth the journey. If you stick it out, you'll come to a place of deep contentment in your relationship. Yes, there's always more to work on, more to learn about the other person, and yet, there's a settled feeling . . .
You belong together.
You return to the early years of marriage when you enjoyed each other.
And yet with greater wisdom than you experienced when first married.
Yes, it's worth the work.
Never give up!
Sweet things are worth waiting for.
And working for.
Marriage is no exception.
To 50 and beyond!