Friday, February 1, 2013

Forty-Four Years

Today, February 1, 2013 is our forty-fourth wedding anniversary. Even as I write this, it seems impossible to believe but facts do not lie. This forty-fourth anniversary post is for my beloved husband...
 He does things right!
 He fixes my mistakes...this will never fall apart again!
His love of serving took him to Haiti even though the work was more suited for
 someone twenty years younger.
He has regretted selling his first car and this is as close to it as he could get. 
Loves spending time with the grands!
A dream fulfilled - a place for everyone to play in the water at our cabin!
Handles his cancer journey with grace.
 Loves to hunt and he got a big one in Montana.
His winter hobby is putting a 1000 piece puzzle together - the harder the better!
Fulfills my dreams by building them!
 Here we are today - forty-four years later with our seventeen grands (two oldest missing).

Tuesday of next week he'll be having surgery for a second bout of cancer. Like his first one, he's facing this with a serenity that challenges me. To me, the next month feels long and I'm grateful for our children who will be standing with us in this second phase of our journey. God has blessed us with many believers who have been and continue to lift us up to our heavenly Father - thank you, thank you!

I close this post with my theme that has carried me through times when life doesn't make sense:
GOD IS GOOD - ALL THE TIME!

28 comments:

stone said...


Dear Esther,

Happy Anniversary to you both.

Renata

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Esther-
Happy Anniversary to you and your Hubby.

All the Time- GOD IS GOOD!

:) Pat

Patty Sumner said...

You are sooo right Esther! God is good-all the time! Happy anniversary and yes, you are a very blessed woman. Love your home..great family and your wonderful marriage...Excited to visit with you..Praying for you husband...May God give his strength and complete healing on this journey...Blessings!

Miriam Remington said...

Dearest Esther and Dave:

To Trust in the Lord
Father, I ask for grace to trust You more. When I am afraid I will trust in You. I praise Your Word. My God, in You I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
Lord, Your steadfast love never ceases; Your mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. You are my portion; therefore, I will hope in You.
May You, the God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace as I trust in You, so that I may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
To You, O Lord, I pray and according to Your Word You will not fail me, for I am trusting You. None who has faith in You, Father, will ever be disgraced for trusting You.
Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for You are the God Who gives me salvation.
Lord, I have no fear of bad news; my heart is steadfast, trusting in You. My heart is secure; I will have no fear.
Because You are faithful and trustworthy, I make a commitment to trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all my ways I acknowledge You, and You will make my paths straight. I am blessed, for I trust in the Lord, in Whom is my confidence.
In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Scripture References:
Psalm 56:3,4 niv Psalm 112:7,8 niv
Lamentations 3:22-24 rsv Proverbs 3:5,6 niv
Romans 15:13 niv Jeremiah 17:7 niv
Psalm 25:1-5 tlb

May this crafted prayer be a blessing to you as you pray it.
Remembering you and Dave in my prayers.

Blessings, Miriam

"There is a place in the Spirit set aside for us where we make the enemy confused. We weary him by our rest. We discourage him by our faith. We demoralize him with our joy. We depress him by our endurance. He is dispirited by our favor; defeated by our grace. I believe that the days we are in, are not about producing ordinary soldiers but about producing Warriors and Champions. We need to see the modern day equivalent of David's Mighty Men (and Women) in the earth at this time." Graham Cooke

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a sweet post...I can feel your incredible love for your dear husband. Happy Anniversary, I wish you many more. I will be sending many prayers your way.

XO,
Jane

Penny Phillips said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband was a keeper too...I've had him 45 years! Blessings to you and your family...hugs, Penny

Anonymous said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO BOTH OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU BOTH. PRAYING FOR YOUR HUSBAND.


ERIKA

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 44 years! So thankful that you were able to have another year together. Blessings to you as you face next week.
Lois R.

Miriam Remington said...

I really enjoy reading your Blog. I love your heart.
You are one special lady! Blessings, Miriam

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!

Marylu

Kelley Dibble said...

God-speed and anniversary blessings to you both. Prayers!

Kelley~

Anonymous said...

Hi Esther, I keep thinking about you and pray for you when you come to mind, especially so since I saw you at the Reuzit store. Blessings as you head into surgery and recovery!

Jewel

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you. Husbands like that are indeed a blessing!
Yesterday was our 36th. Where have the years gone?
Prayers for healing and a speedy recovery for your husband.

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