Monday, June 21, 2010

twenty years and counting...

 John and I celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary this week.  Talk about amazing grace.  Twenty years, 3 kids, 3 dogs, over 20 vacations, 3 houses, 8 cars and many miles of pancakes later we're still in love.  It's not been perfect, but it has been graced.  Some days I look around and feel like I'm the same girl he married that hot sunny day in June and other days I realize how much we've both changed and grown and been reworked throughout this journey of our marriage. (Thank goodness for that!)  
Marriage isn't something that you ever arrive at....it's a journey and the scenery keeps changing and our gear keeps adapting as we travel together.  We've walked through peaceful valleys and over towering mountains.  He's carried my stuff and I've carried his.  We've giggled our way through major sections of our travels and cried along some roadsides.  I'm so thankful to have him by my side as we continue to merge onto the highways and byways of life.
  I'm learning that there really is no final stopping place where we can sit back and declare that we've arrived.  There's work and sweat alongside laughter and fun, but there is always another stretch of road ahead of us.  I'm so thankful that there is more scenery to take in side by side as we travel together.   Mostly I'm grateful for a heavenly Father who guides and directs and protects and restores. 
 "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places: surely I have a delightful inheritance."  Psalm 16:6 

Happy Anniversary John...I'm so glad to be traveling this journey with you!

[all the photos were taken on our anniversary trip this past weekend.]

18 comments:

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

What lovely pictures and certainly lovely sentiments. Life is nothing but a journey (and thankfully, we do evolve as we travel this road of life).

Meg said...

Congratulations! What a lovely and sweet post!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Congratulations on 20 years together! Your description of marriage was lovely and so well said.

From All Stitched Up said...

Happy Anniversary ! Your post says it all. Enjoy the winding roads.

Tiffani said...

Congratulations! And in response to your comment on my blog: Yes! I totally want to go to the Channel Islands now! I had always heard of Guernsey cows, but never the island!

Stephanie said...

Happy Anniversary! Your photos and post are lovely. How nice that you two got to get away to celebrate 20 years together.

Kristyn Knits said...

Looks like your weekend was a great celebration! Happy Anniversary! What a lovely tribute to a wonderful marriage!

rosemary said...

Congratulations to you both! Such a lovely written post, and so true, marriage is one big journey!

Meadow Walk said...

20 years! Oh gosh! What an accomplishment!!! Congratulations to you both and thanks for sharing such lovely pictures!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

What a blessing to have enjoyed an anniversary celebration - 20 years ...
congratulations

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!! Happy Anniversary! May you have many more blessed and joyful years ahead.

Love you guys!
Kelly

Firefly said...

Good for you & Happy Anniversary!
Blessings,
G

Imene said...

Congratulations on your 20th anniversary. I often what makes a marriage last especially now that my children are so young and there's not much time for together time...
Thank you for summing it up in your posr

Journeying Five said...

congratulations! what a touching post.

Coach said...

Happy Anniversary Lisa. I'm so glad to be traveling this journey with you too!Because I know I would be lost with out you!!

Gloria said...

Congratulations! and,,Happy Anniversary!!
Your photos of your day are very beautiful (just like your marriage...:)).

Missouri Mommy said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! Brian and I celebrate 11 years today. We leave tomorrow for our overnight trip! The first in our marriage! It's about time huh!

Anna said...

Congratulations! 20 years is a great milestone - I should know, it's my anniversary today!! Your anniversary weekend looks lovely!