Today marks 15,695 days I have been a Mrs. Tom’s one and only Mrs. to be exact.
I was 19. Tom was 24. We had our life ahead of us with all its twists, turns and unknowns.
These 2242 weeks later, we can point to many twists, remember several hard turns and have discovered lots of what was unknown in 1979.
I could list specific times our hearts were broken, where we cried so hard we didn’t know if we would ever stop. Times when we hurt each other deeply and had to fall on our knees to God asking for the grace to forgive and move forward together. Times when we laughed so hard at the end of an exhilarating day we didn’t want to close our eyes for fear the moment would fade. Times when we resolved our differences and embraced our similarities and all the while worshiped the God we both knew personally and loved intimately.
Marriage has been the hardest thing we have enjoyed for all of our adult lives.
There is still more ahead of us. God knows every one, including how many days until we breathe our last breath.
516 months into our marriage and we are still getting to know each other in this season of life. Every month has brought new challenges, new opportunities to forgive and ask for forgiveness. New chances to ask good questions to help us grow in our understanding of each other.
These 43 years have been oh so good. And the one thing I remember today is something Tom said to me when we were dating. “We must never forget that underneath us are the everlasting arms of the Lord. He will never let go.”
Today I needed this reminder. Maybe you do as well. With His everlasting, strong arms, we can rest whatever the next days, weeks, months and years hold for us. God knows and that’s all my heart needs to hear.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Walter. I am grateful to be your Mrs.