Just to say it is bewildering…50 years. Fifty years just seems like an eternity, but we all know it’s really not. We all ask at certain times of our lives, where the time goes. How does it seem to just disappear in the blink of an eye the older we get?This weekend my sister and our husband’s threw the most amazing SURPRISE 50th wedding anniversary party for our mom and dad. We are still reliving the beauty of the shock that we saw on their faces, when they walked through the door, seeing all of their family and friends that were there to celebrate THEM. They deserve it, because they are a Godly example and testament of what a marriage and life together truly is. Do you remember the days when you were in middle school and you just wanted to get to high school, to be able to drive, go out on a date, then to get to college to “grow up,” couldn’t wait to get out of college and get a job, then get married, have a baby and then a few more babies? Never, during those phases of our lives, did we ever stop to think that time wouldn’t be on our side. We always want more and the faster it happens makes us think the happier we will be. The reality though, is the faster we force it to happen, is the faster we get forced into the “disappearing” years. It’s no secret that the years go by F A S T. I was the girl that rushed everything and I mean E V E R Y T H I N G. Thankfully, God intervened and I have finally figured one thing out, but I was a bit late to the game and wished I had figured it out sooner. If I can give you precious younger readers any advice it’s this…don’t rush ANYTHING in your life. God has it planned out for you and you just need to sit back and “go with the flow” like my daddy always told me to do. Looking back on it, I sure do wish I had listened to him sooner than I really did. I would have truly been living opposed to planning.
I tried to plan my life and when things didn’t happen the way I had planned it was disappointing. When I finally heeded his advice, and trusted the Lord wholeheartedly, life started to fall into place. And, since these two just celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, I see now that there is pure validity to the advice they have always given me! You’ll notice in this picture that someone accidentally spilled red wine on my dad, but he didn’t even care, because he’s so good with the whole “go with the flow” thing!!! We’re all running out of time, but it’s what we do with the time we have that really matters. I have sworn to my family and friends, just as my parents have (and I’m going to hold them to it!!!), to be bold and do things that scare us, which you will see lots of this year! I hope you are inspired to jump out of your comfort zone with me. I’m just so grateful that the time I do have I get to spend with the most fabulous husband, son, family and friends, and I hope that I am lucky enough to get to say that Fred and I celebrated our GOLDEN wedding anniversary together. My parents are an inspiration and a true testament of what a Godly marriage is and I am incredibly blessed to have them to call mom and dad.
Love always trusts, hopes, protects and preserves. Love never fails. I Corinthians 13: 7-8