Thursday, November 23, 2006

20 years (Part One of My courtship and marriage)

Psalm 126
A Song of degrees.
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion,
we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
and our tongue with singing:
then said they among the heathen,
The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us;
whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O LORD,
as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him.

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. It is also my wedding anniversary. Tom and I were married on Thanksgiving Day, 1986. Since then we have completely ignored the actually date (which was November 27) and celebrated our anniversary on Thanksgiving Day. It is truly a day to give thanks to God for his unspeakable grace in our lives.

The Psalm above was read at our wedding. The week we were engaged, Pastor David Dickerson preached from this psalm at Maranatha, a Christian camp in western Pennsylvania where Tom and I met. Since then that Psalm has meant a lot to us. I'll explain why in the next post, when I tell you about events leading up to our courtship.

I'll also try to have some pictures from twenty years ago, as soon as I can find the box the photo albums are packed in. I had the children looking for it yesterday, but no one could find it. I was going to look for it myself today, but Tom just informed me that I am to pack my overnight bags; we are leaving as soon as he gets the van ready. I have no idea where we are going.



Christy said...

Ooohhhh...special anniversary trip? How exciting. You'll have to tell us all about it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary my friend! You have a wonderful family and a good husband. Melissa

Pearl said...

We went to Providence Point, a Christian retreat center where we have our youth group's snow camp and summer family camp. They also offer bed and breakfast, which is what Tom arranged for us. It is a beautiful place, WAYYYYY out in the country, FARRRR from city lights. It is about 2 hours or so from our house.

We had a really great time. We enjoyed quiet meals, uninterrupted conversations, and a complete night's sleep. We took the nursing baby with us, but even he slept in until we woke him up at 7:30. Normally he is up at five.

After breakfast we got to see the house the camp owners are building for themselves, and their new maple sugar shack. Then we did some shopping in a quaint little town, had lunch at Tim Horton's and came home.

The house was still here, the children kept themselves very nicely, and had cooked and eaten Thanksgiving turkey dinner all by themselves. They even saved us some!