Milestones. I’m not exactly sure why we mark them except that we seem to have this innate desire to keep track of events that we consider important. I am no exception. I am our family’s self-proclaimed historian and an avid scrapbooker. My husband and I recently marked a milestone that we are very thankful for – our 25th wedding anniversary! Yay! 🥳💕
To mark the occasion and celebrate we spent a fun-filled week in Branson, Missouri with very dear and long-time friends. It was a wonderful week! Branson is not just for retirees. There is something for people of all ages. We shopped, saw a couple of shows, ate amazing food, and saw some awe-inspiring views. We took a helicopter ride, rode on a riverboat, and thought about horseback riding 😉 Most importantly, we spent quality time together. Some of my favorite memories from the trip were sitting on the deck of the condo we were in, watching the river go by and talking. It was so peaceful!
Twenty-five years is a long time to spend with one person. My history prior to meeting Rich would lead one to believe that I would never celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary (three failed marriages and many abusive relationships), but God is good! He changed my path, changed my story, and here we are! More in love than ever and still the best of friends! I am convinced that there are two secrets to a happy and long-lasting marriage; friendship and Jesus. Rich and I were friends before we were anything else and Jesus is the foundation on which we’ve built our life together.
It hasn’t always been easy, by any means, but in comparison to what I experienced before Rich it has been bliss! We’ve had a few rough patches, but our friendship and our faith have seen us through. We have almost always been able to talk to each other and I have never forgotten why I fell in love with him in the first place. As for him, he gets more adoring with each passing year. He spoils me and truly makes me feel like I’m the most important human on this planet to him. I can’t really put into words all the ways in which he is perfect for me. I truly believe that God created Rich just for me.
As of today, we have made it twenty-five years and one week. I don’t know whether the Lord will give us another twenty-five years or twenty-five days. Either way I look forward to every minute I get to share this life with my best friend and the love of my life! I am a very blessed woman and this I well know!