Fifteen years ago, hubby and I were engaged. We had just bought our first house, and we were to be married on the 29th January 2000. Hubby’s parents gave us money – to buy things we needed for the house, but mainly to buy a washing machine.
I loved that washing machine.
It was a top-loader LG Fuzzy Logic. In fact, I used to try lift the lid just high enough to watch the washing, without lifting it too high to stop the machine. I felt so grown up. A house, a husband and a washing machine.
And it rained. For weeks before our wedding it rained. Beautiful, soft, warm rain. It was lovely. Not so much on our wedding day when it had rained all night and our wedding was an outdoor wedding. But, by the time four o’clock rolled around, the rain had gone, the sun had come out and it was beautiful. And everyone told us it was a blessing to have rain on your wedding day – and it was. Hubby and I had a fantastic wedding and a honeymoon that seemed to last for years.
I loved our wedding.
Fast forward 15 years and finally, after 15 years, our old washing machine gave up the fight and had to be replaced – just before our 15 year wedding anniversary. And it is raining.
And I feel like all this is symbolizing a new beginning for hubby and I. It is no secret if you follow either of my blogs, that becoming parents and navigating a marriage and anxiety issues has not been easy for hubby and I. And battling financially with each month bringing thoughts of how are we going to get through this month has also taken its toll.
But, I really feel like the new washing machine, the rain, the 15 year wedding celebration is all indicative of a new season for us.
There is an opportunity of moving to a new city – about 750 km from where we live at present. It is so frightening, and I am nervous and apprehensive and all those things, but I can’t help but think (feel) that this is something we must do (if the opportunity does present itself).
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
He will not harm me. And whatever does happen, will be worked out for my good.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
- Your beautiful eyes and smile. Yes, after 17 years together, of which we have been married for 15, I still just like to look at you.
- For feeling so good – I hug my husband often, because you always feels and smells so good. And I feel safe in your arms.
- For always wanting what’s best for me. For wanting me to soar and to reach my full potential – even when I am hiding in fear.
- For cooking supper every night – and it’s always delicious, wholesome and healthy.
- For always being willing to help out with Baby Girl – even when you think I do it so much better.
- For worrying about my weight and wanting me to be healthy and fit. I am working on this. Renewing one’s mind is not an easy or a quick process.
- For making an honest living and keeping us floating financially – even when it has been extremely hard and difficult to do at times.
- For seeing to all those little things that I just never get the time to – getting electricity, putting petrol in my car, making sure we have veg for supper, etc. And I know sometimes you feel like you are being pulled in a thousand different directions, but still you get it all done. Thank you.
- For loving me.
- For always wanting to go out there and do things – see things – experience things and wanting to take me with you.
- For always wanting to make us work. For that, thank you for ever and for always. Thank you.
- Thank you for always trying to get me to be on time for work. Sure I’d be running a lot later if you didn’t egg me on a little.
- Thank you for loving us the way you do – both Baby Girl and myself. We are truly blessed.
- Thank you for walking this marriage walk for me – some seasons are easy, some are hard, some we battle, but we’re always on the same side, fighting for each other.
- I love you!