Wow! Thank you for sharing. Your family is truly blessed to have such an example to follow. I’ve been married to my sweetheart for almost 19 years. I pray we have many, many more.
We know we are greatly blessed. Things weren’t always a bed of roses, but God’s grace was always there to see us through and we definitely learned that He is faithful and can give us strength and love when we have none of our own left to give.
Our 18th anniversary is in June. I think I’m more deeply in love with him now than I’ve ever been. My two oldest sisters have lost their husbands. My oldest in a farm accident less than two months after they were married, both of them well into their 40’s. And my second-oldest sister just buried her husband in October after a 5-year battle with brain cancer. I can still hear him laughing when I think of him. He was a gracious, quiet, Godly man.
Our first child was stillborn at 42 weeks. We still don’t know what went wrong. Went in to have labor induced and she died during the monitoring. But ever since then we don’t say good-bye without also saying, “I love you”. Especially if we’re mad at each other. Life is truly such a gift. And such a miracle.
I really hurt for the people who haven’t yet learned how precious life and enduring, faithful love are. We have indeed been greatly blessed.