From the day we were married, Tom said that we would spend our lives helping marriages thrive, and he has never wavered from this conviction.
We have hosted countless small groups in our home for the sole purpose of building strong marriages. We did this when we had newly married ourselves. We didn’t know from experience how to build a strong marriage, but we embraced it by faith in God’s Word.
Today, nearly 39 years later, we are able to add our personal stories to the help and hope we offer others. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, there were times when we didn’t like each other at all. But our vows have kept us committed when our emotions failed us.
Last week our youngest daughter married her best friend. She has waited a long time since her brother and sister got married, but Matt was worth the wait!
There were many moments, snapshots that we will carry in our hearts forever. Answered prayers are like that. You dream for years of what the answer will look like, but it always pales in comparison to the real thing. God is amazing. God is faithful. God is good. And we couldn’t be more thrilled in finally welcoming our newest son to the family.
Thank you for praying for us these past few months. We were able to be completely present for all the ups and downs of planning a large wedding.
This week we will pack up her things into her car and watch them drive away to their new life in another state. There will be tears. There will be sadness. But there will be no regrets.
“The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.” – Psalm 126:3 ESV
Beautiful words from a vulnerable heart. Praying for you.
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Thank you Sheree.
If I didn’t believe covenant keeping over rides feelings, I would walk after 30 years of marriage. Currently feel we have no interestd in common. I see my marriage as faith based, in the long run something may happen.
You are not alone, and I respect your willingness to keep your covenant. I encourage you to avoid settling, but to continue pursuing your husband intentionally, even if it means you finding ways to connect in areas he is interested in. Your marriage is never too far gone for God’s grace to redeem and change. I’m praying for you…
What a sweet, sweet picture of a sweet, sweet couple. You and Tom are such a great couple to model a loving marriage. You admit that you don’t always do it right, but you lean towards continuing to learn how to “do” marriage better –God’s way, instead of man. We thank God for you and the way you live out your marriage. Everyone benefits.
I’m praying for you with your daughter leaving. I understand those tears. They are bitter sweet. But we thank God with you that she married a good man. May God bless them as they start their marriage adventure. 🙂 Love you… Cindy
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