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Engaged After 2 weeks; 47 years later. . .

Well my beloved, we have walked this life road together for 47 years so far. It has been an interesting time. We embarked on this journey with mind and hearts committed to a marriage of forever. Our journey started out in Chicago, and the first thing that surfaces in my memory of that time is the birth of our oldest child ~ on my birthday. But then like a movie rolling, other memories come into view. . . like a couple of weeks before we were married on a hot humid night we met with the insurance agent in a small apartment that was to become our first home. We still laugh at this, because we opened the windows wide, and there was not a breath of fresh air ~ we didn’t know there were storm windows and they were shut tight! LOL!

Then there was the blizzard, Oh yeah! Pregnant and standing in the backyard with snow past my protruding abdomen. Uh huh! It closed down the Eisenhower expressway ~ It was an amazing sight to watch people walking down that major highway and actually speaking to each other :))

Our next home was Colorado. When Bill and I first met we talked for hours and found we both love mountains. We thank God every day for bringing us to this beautiful state! It fits us perfectly with the climate, the beauty, and the people!

We have found wonderful friendships and a church to teach us God’s Word and how it can become our owner's manual to a successful life. This is embodied in my eyes by the mountains which stand guard at our back, for they are solid, rugged, and stand tall through every challenge ~ like God in our lives.

One of our first ‘tourist’ experiences was to go on a mountain trip with our 3 month old baby and forget to bring the diaper bag. Oh, that was fun! They don’t have 7/11's in the mountains. But it was a great day anyway!

Then there was our romantic weekend without the kids. Of course we went for a hike in the mountains ~ and got stranded by a heavily running mountain stream. Couldn’t find a safe place to cross to get back up to the road. Since it was quickly turning dark, I began gathering firewood as Bill waved his undershirt to attract attention from the road. God led us to a little area, sort of a mini fort, someone had built of stones complete with fireplace. As full dark settled in, we built a fire. A driver must have  seen us and called the rescue squad, because soon a BIG truck complete with huge spotlights stopped over on the road. Long story short, after one rescuer overturned in a boat trying to get across the racing waters, they ‘littered’ us across the stream and we were rescued. The man overturning in the rushing water scared me, and I said I’d rather stay all night on the mountain than have someone risk their life for me. Then they told us there was a big ole mountain lion sitting in a tree watching us. OK. Thanks for the rescue!!

Raising our kids was challenging as every parent knows, but we did our best. How I wish we knew the Lord during those times! I mean, we ‘knew Him’, but we really didn’t have an intimate relationship with Him then. That came later. We did our best to teach our little ones about God, at least as much as we knew Him at the time.

Thank You Lord for pursuing us and bringing us to the church which offered truth. Since this church teaches the Word of God, we came to truly know the Creator and Jesus His Son. This drew us closer to each other. As God became an intricate part of our life, we grew in many ways.

When cancer attacked me back in ’04, my Father was right there beside me. Jesus gave me His joy to fly me through the healing process. My staunch supporter husband was a strength and a joy! My church family also helped out.

Being married to Bill is to watch my incredible godly husband grow into a man who tries always to please the Lord and to love me well. We are of like mind on all important ideas and we have a lot of fun laughing every day! We have our silly little ‘games’ we play that bring fun times we enjoy. It has been an interesting, varied marriage journey with God as our guide, and we are both grateful for His many blessings in our lives.


2 Comments to Engaged After 2 weeks; 47 years later. . .:

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http://socialhippys.com/">Leeanne Dang on Friday, October 03, 2014 12:06 AM
I'm so happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that's at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best doc.
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Mary on Thursday, June 04, 2015 12:50 PM
Thanks for your comments! I am so happy you enjoyed it! Marriage can be a forever thing when a man and woman are committed to each other no matter what! God is a big part in that!

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