|Pre-Married days at his grandmother's house...I can tell that we weren't married yet |
because David still has long hair. He was in the military by the time we eloped and
that meant a buzz cut.
|In a colder weather climate - our early years in marriage, living in Germany.|
|David and I saying our vows...this is the day our marriage began.|
Today, I woke up around 3:45 AM and began to think about these past 25 years and what it has meant. There have been good and bad times, but our good times have been significantly more meaningful and beautiful than can be expressed. A healthy marriage strives to focus on the good times.
|In Germany again, showing off the delicious dinner. Candles in Dr. Pepper cans.|
You can barely see what is on my plate...a tiny piece of sausage, a ton of macaroni
and cheese with a slice of bread. Such healthy goodness!! haha.
Reaching this anniversary means that we have held firm to our commitment. Anyone who has been married for this long and beyond knows that major anniversaries can be celebrated only after you've muddled through some really tough times.
|In our late twenties...during one of our many trips to Louisiana.|
Staying married can be difficult and it can seem like a miracle event at times, but it can be done. I want my children and other people who are newly married or struggling in their marriage to know that staying united does not always bring roses and kisses to your world. However, this is when your commitment should be your uniting force. When you don't feel loving, you better still act in a loving manner. If you don't, an ugly spiral will begin.
My hard-learned advice, at all costs, avoid that destructive spiral. For those who cannot avoid it, my heart goes out to you because I know divorce is devastating for most people. Those are times in life that can make you crumble, but these experiences can teach you how to put yourself back together, better than you were before. My husband and I had times when we'd crumble; however, we'd find a way to help each other put the pieces back together. I don't know how we did it, but we did.
|In our early/mid twenties, at South Padre Island, Texas|
for a Thanksgiving vacation on the beach.
|Here we are in our mid to late 30's and life is hard, but we cling to each other.|
|Our little family. Precious love has created a chain reaction to be treasured.|
|Recently, snorkeling at the reefs of Grand Cayman Island.|
|The day our oldest daughter received her Texas A&M ring in 2010.|
And here we are...twenty-five years later. It's a beautiful day.