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The Road Less Traveled

I contemplated on what to name this post. The road less traveled obviously means that not everyone goes down the same path. They, at some point, choose another path.

My husband and I just celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary! Yahoo and praise the Lord!

What the road less traveled promises . . . Memories, Changes, Dependence, and Dreams!

Memories . . .

Our honeymoon in Australia and Tahiti!

I had packed everything but the bathroom sink. And, did I need it all? No! I would have been fine with shorts, a swim suit, and an evening dress! I'm set. But the memories, engulfed in nostalgia, till death do us part. Totally recommend it!

Raising two beautiful kids . . . watching them learn to crawl, walk, and run, loosing their first tooth, their first day of kindergarten, birthdays and tween years, dating, driving, and college. Yikes! I would not trade them for the world!

Changes . . .

You don't start a relationship knowing everything there is to know about your spouse. It is a journey you take together. It is the journey you sign up for when you say, "I do." Some of the journey will be challenging, figuring out why they put the dishes in the dishwasher the wrong way, or why they let the kids outside in the cold with no sweater, or why it took me years to learn to boil water. But, the rewards far outweigh the little difficulties of relationships 101. Laughing at each other when one kid falls and mom runs to the rescue, only to see the second child fall, and mom yells at dad to run to the second child and pick him up. Like it's the end of the world. All children fall when they are little.

Dependence . . .

Dr. Chuck Swindoll tells us that we need the "support, insight, discernment, counsel, love, presence, and efficiency" of our spouse. I love to tease my husband when he doesn't have an answer for me. I tell him, "That's why I married you" (for his brains). That is our ongoing joke, as I know my husband is very wise. I praise the Lord for sending me a godly man, one that has been a blessing to me all these wonderful years. He is patient and kind, and I think aside from putting God first and foremost at the center of our lives, and our marriage, the patience and kindness my husband has shown me has blessed me more than I can express.

Dreams . . .

I remember when we got married and were deciding on our honeymoon. It boiled down really simply, as Steven was a Navy man and had traveled a lot. I had only traveled some, and mostly it was to Mexico City. My husband had traveled all over the world. I wanted to travel some place with him where he had never been before. It would be our special memory. I had always loved looking at travel magazines and my heart was set on Australia and going to the Sydney Opera House and Tahiti to stay in a beach hut.

The Lord has truly blessed us these 25 years of marriage. We give Him all the honor and glory, for these years would not be possible without our Heavenly Father guiding us through the difficult seasons and rejoicing with us in the celebrations of our marriage. Our love is stronger this day, because we relied on His faithfulness to us!

I invite you to take the road less traveled! It promises to be the better path!

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

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