Saturday, May 17, 2014
Can't believe it has been 40 years....
Today I was thinking about the last 40 years. We certainly have had some "foggy" times in our marriage. We have had our share of storms and rain and even some "out of season" times. But I can truly say that the last years have been some of the "sunniest" and "warmest" years of our 40! There is a lot to be said for having the very hard and very time consuming job of raising children over and done! And now there is time and finances to travel. We have discovered some interesting new hobbies in the last years (kayaking, biking, photography, scrapbooking). On our 25th anniversary we took our first ever "alone" vacation to Florida. That certainly was the beginning of some wonderful trips exploring every part of Florida. Yes, the last years have really been quite good ones! And now we are starting to think a bit about retirement and what those years might look like. And while we can't quite agree - YET - I am sure that we will find new adventures ahead.
I have a very bad habit. At times, when I am reading a book, especially a very long book, I sneak a peak at the last chapter. And sometimes I even read magazines from the back to the front. Really! Haven't you noticed that there is always a bunch of ads and meaningless stuff in the first 1/4 or so of most magazines. The good stuff is always in the last half! But today, I am really thankful that I can't jump ahead and find out what is coming ahead for Ken and I. It seems to be going by so fast! Actually, there are times I would just like time to slow down a bit. I love exactly where we are right now! We have two wonderful grown up children, both happily married. We have four amazing grandchildren (and one more expected this year!) Both Ken and I are happy to be working and yet also happy to know that there is an end in sight to our working! Yep, life is pretty good right now!
Jesus, thank you so much for Ken and all that you have provided in the last 40 years. Holy Spirit, thank you for guiding and directing us through every season and whatever came along. Jesus, thank you for your plan and purpose for us that is still being revealed. You are an amazing, loving God who planned for families. Tonight I am so grateful for my family. Amen