On December 26th my husband and I celebrated our 2oth wedding anniversary. It seems hard to believe how quickly the years have flown. A dear friend stayed with our boys for a couple days so we could get away to a bed and breakfast. It didn't cost us anything for babysitting (I guess you don't really think of it as babysitting when you have two teen-aged sons!), the bed and breakfast is a getaway that friends from church provide as a ministry, and we even were given an anonymous gift certificate to a local restaurant. We were/are truly blessed.
Our trip was a time of reflecting all that has happened in our lives in the past twenty year. A time to praise God for how He continually provides for us, and how our heart's desire is to grow to be more like Him with each new day. We enjoyed going to the matinee and seeing National Treasure 2, eating out, doing a little shopping, going to visit the doctor to learn my husband has bronchitis, soaking in the tub, as well as just relaxing and enjoying each other's presence. We also looked toward the future, and both felt the need to be more intentional with our time as a family and not allow time to slip through our fingers. Our oldest son only has another year and a half to be with us before heading to college.
It amazes me how I am more in love with my husband now then the day we were first married. Our love has continued to mature, deepen and grow. We have had our share of rocky times, but we made that decision that we will stay together, and work hard at our marriage. It took me a while to grow up and realize that it wasn't all about me. In our early years of marriage, I was the one in control. God has taught me a lot about having a servant heart, especially in the area of my husband and children. I praise Him for the changes He has made in my heart and life. I pray that over the next twenty years we grow even closer in our love for each other as well as the Lord.