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.]