Today Russ and I are celebrating three decades of marriage. I am profoundly thankful for the life God has given us and the way He continues to work in our lives. More than anything, we want to honor Jesus with our marriage, and while we falter and fail on a regular basis, we pull one another up and press on.
In honor of today, I’m quickly sharing 30 things I’m thankful for in our lives.
giving thanks #1341 – 1370
10,958 days of faithfulness
adventures from WA to NY to CO to ID
Russ’ commitment to me and our children
high school graduation from rival high schools, college together
engaged at 18, married at 20
Hannah born in our little apartment in downtown Seattle
moving to NY
driving across the country
a pregnancy test on the way
graduate student housing – and cinder block walls
Mary Katherine born, followed by Noah, then Samuel
picking strawberries with our toddlers
hiking with friends, a baby always on Russ’ back
youth hostels on Cape Cod
three car seats wedged in the back seat
outgrowing our Subaru and buying a big, old station wagon – four car seats
driving west and moving to CO
Russ caring for me in sickness and health
Isaiah born, probably our last
Annarose born, surely our last
moving closer to family – Idaho
Sunshine born, definitely our last
God taking us on the greatest adventure of our lives
the children God gave us through adoption, drawn to us from Ethiopia
all 13 of us wedged into our house on the hill
Whidbey Island memories
Sunday dinners – gathering around our dining room table
Russ – solid as a rock for me
Jesus – holding us together when we didn’t have the strength to do it on our own
til death do us part
There is so much more I could write this morning, but the day is up and running, VBS, wedding tasks, and celebrating our anniversary with our kids tonight.
What a life!
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