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Friday, May 17, 2019

Recent Reflections - May 2019: 19 Years...

This is the fifth Recent Reflections post of 2019.  Recent Reflections goes live the third Friday or Saturday of each month.  Each Recent Reflections post covers something that I'm reflecting on.  If you'd like to share a post with a similar theme, feel free to leave a comment with a link to your post, and I'll hop on over and leave a comment (and maybe some other readers will, too).

This month, I will be reflecting on 19 years of marriage.

Us, May of 2000
My sister-in-law is getting married this weekend, and it got me thinking about our wedding day.  Next week will be our 19th wedding anniversary.  I can hardly believe it!  A lot has changed in 19 years.

Us, plus 3, now - April of 2019
For one, it's no longer just the 2 of us.  We are now a family of 5.  Our oldest will be a Senior this coming school year, our middle kid will be a Sophomore, and our youngest will be a 4th grader.  

It seems impossible that 19 years have come and gone.  Some days I look around and think, "Wasn't I just walking down the aisle?" or "Wasn't I just pregnant with my oldest?" or "How is she almost 9 already?  Wasn't she just born?"

These years have not always gone like I planned.  In fact, I can say life has rarely gone like I planned in my lifetime.  However, I can also honestly say that God has been so good to us.  We've gone through times of not knowing where we were going to live, what we were going to eat, having no income, and we've never not had a roof over our heads, food to eat, or money to pay the bills.  God has answered every need!  Maybe not always the way I thought it would or should be done, but always in a way I never imagined and always for our best and betterment.

As we watch my sister-in-law get married, I know what will be going through my mind.  I know I will be remembering my wedding day and all the years since.  I will also be wondering where she will be 19 years from now, and hoping and praying that her next phase in life is as blessed and happy as mine is now in that time frame.

Aubrey and Preston, if you're reading this, Happy Wedding Day tomorrow!  We are praying for you both, and hope you have many happy years to come.  In 19 years, may you look back and find yourselves more in love than you are today and with full years together of joy with many more to come.  We love you!

I truly hope this post has been a blessing to your heart, or at the least made you stop and think a little.  What has God done in your life lately to bless you?  What are you reflecting on?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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