We're yet to have the romantic getaway where we sit gazing at each other for hours and reflect on the first 15 years. Preferably we'd do this in a resort in Mexico with a swimup bar. But we're hoping for at least candlelight and sushi, and perhaps a local bed & breakfast stay somewhere close in the next couple of weeks.

We'll no doubt crack up when we consider what we thought our married life might look like when we had our wedding way back in 1992. Three kids. Home schooling. And still having the same phone number I've since college. And, now grinding wheat! That will all crack us up, but we will get teary when we consider God's amazing grace and mercy he has shown us as we have danced, clinging to each and to Him as silly married kids. God's plans are amazing and with each year our trust in Him grows and he patiently waits for us.

We'll save the trip for 16! No sense waiting for 25, right? Maybe we won't replace furnaces, water heaters and transmissions next year!

We are very blessed and very happy.

The icing on the cake to our wedding anniversary was the kids' surprises!

Giles made this card. And took the picture from our photo library of our recent trip on a tankful to Gloss Mountain in NW OK. And, Stan being silly with one of Lydia's bows.

Then, he created an "anaversery playlist" for us. Among the titles ...
"One's on the Way" by Loretta Lynn
"Marvelous Light" by Charlie Hall
"Mighty to Save" by Hillsong
"Feliz Navidad" by David Crowder Band
"Mayberry" by Rascal Flatts
"Would You Go With Me" by Josh Turner
"Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

He also put Keith Urban's "You'll think of me." (Take my cat and take my sweater, cuz we have nothing left to weather.) Scary. NOT foreshadowing!

Anyway, the kid can find his way around a Mac.

And then Grant made us a stunning mural with foamie fish and blue chalk.

Lydia drew a lovely picture and performed a dance for us.

Amazing and creative gifts from our best gifts of all!

Stan also sent me flowers and an awesome gushy card.

Me. I did nothing. Bad. Bad. I'm saving a surprise for the date!

I'm in awe. Thanks God for the gifts, and most of all for my husband who is strong, discerning, patient, joyful, kind, handsome, funny, wise, humble, and loves YOU, me and his children. Thanks for giving me my best friend.

I must cry now!


  1. Congratulations!! I'm glad I knew you before you had children because it makes laughing at what you expected things to be like that much funnier. If you had known then, you may have been frightened! But, I suspect in reality it is all more beautiful and rich than you ever could have imagined.

    You guys are beautiful.

  2. Hi! I lost the link to your blog and it will NOT come up, no matter how cleverly I search for it on Google. But, Facebook knew what it was. I finally figured that out.

    ANYWAY. . .congrats. Sorry it's late. But, you know, I wasn't there, so how am I supposed to remember? In many ways, it seems like a lot more than 15 years to me, but that's not a bad thing.

    You guys are great and I love all of the products of your marriage too.