Nineteen years ago today we were married in the gardens of Lanyon Homestead. It was a hot mid-Summer day not unlike today is shaping up to be. I remember being excited and nervous…and worried about fainting in the heat under my very heavy dress. (wow, we look like babies in this photo!) Now, all these years later we joke about being glad we don’t have to go through the whole wedding thing again.
Early on in our marriage I received a great piece of wisdom from pastor friend John Laughlin about what men and women need most in marriage, and this gem has been a guiding light throughout our lives together. John told me this:
What men need most in marriage is peace, and what women need most most is security.
Everything else flows from these truisms.
We’ve had a wonderful life together so far. We’ve had our share of ups and downs….every couple has their good times and their bad times…if they tell you otherwise they are lying…but it’s the bad times that make the good times shine like beacons and help us appreciate each other. They are normal, natural, and awesome opportunities for growth and grace in your life.
Every day I thank God that He gave me Al to be my husband. Love you babe!