Back in 1992 when hair was big and mullets were in, two friends who had met right after highschool graduation in 1981 started talking on the telephone quite a bit and, well, they fell in love. Here we are in April of '92 just four months before we were married. (Ok, you can stop laughing...)
Being engaged to be married in our late 20's, having both been the victims of divorce, and each of us bringing children into the relationship brought with it some interesting advice. One recently remarried friend of mine had this to say, "Turn and run as far and fast as you can!" But we were in love, and one thing Dan and I knew about each other was that we were committed to "no matter what" - that leaving wasn't ever going to be an option.
By God's goodness and mercy we are celebrating our 17th anniversary today, and I have to say that the Lord has been incredibly good to us. We have had much to rejoice over and give thanks for, while at the same time we have had much to weep over and repent of. Surely the days and years ahead will bring more of the same since we are sinners saved by His merciful grace, but Lord willing, they will be years filled with much more rejoicing than weeping. We look forward with hope as we trust that the Lord will continue to restore the years the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25), that He will be a God to us and to our children after us (Acts 2:39), and that we will be heirs together of the grace of life (I Peter 3:7). To God be the glory!