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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Happy 42nd Anniversary!!

My parents are amazing. No really, I’m not just saying that – they are! Growing up they were always the “cool” parents. Our house was a popular place to hang-out. My dad was my youth minister and my mom was my teacher, yearbook adviser & missions leader. We were practically always together growing up . . . and that’s exactly how I wanted it. From a weekly Bible study at our home and numerous mission trips across the country to church camps, sports & journalism trips to New York City, they were actively involved in my life. Always encouraging, always supportive, always believing in me & praying for my spiritual growth. I consider myself incredibly blessed! I didn’t deserve to call them Mom & Dad, but the Lord granted me this privilege anyway, and I never want to take this relationship for granted. I know our family is rich indeed.

I say all of that to say this . . . My parents have given me so much throughout my life. There is no way I could ever repay them for what they’ve invested in me or say “thank you” enough. However, one of the greatest things they have done for me is stay married. Not just a “we’ll stay together for kids” marriage. Not a “we love each other but we don’t like each” marriage. It’s a marriage filled with unconditional love & respect. One that is abundant & growing – filled with laughter, sacrifice & service together for the Kingdom of God. As I watch my parents, I continue to see them grow stronger in their bond of love. Because of their example, I’ve seen commitment & covenant lived out right before my eyes. I have seen what it takes to have a thriving marriage. It isn’t a act. It’s for real.

Thank you Mom & Dad for making your relationship to God and your marriage a priority. I don’t have deep hurts, scars or fears of commitment like so many of my friends because you nurtured a healthy relationship with each other – centered on humility, sacrifice & lots of laughter. And, thank you for always being “cool.” (wink)

I pray the Lord continues to bless & enrich your covenant. Your relationship is my standard of how marriage is done “well.” Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it!

I love you bunches & am so grateful for your both. Happy 42nd anniversary!!

1 comment:

  1. ahhh, that's sweet and RARE! Sure you made your parents day writing such sweet words to them!