The very thought, even to this day brings a smile to my face.
It was romantic and magical and. . . not what my farmer had planned.
He had wanted to propose on the Ferris Wheel.
Even back then, I was too cheap.
And the thought of paying all that money to ride the Ferris Wheel seemed ridiculous.
So, he asked me to spend the rest of our lives getting to know each other, serving God together and continuing our friendship as husband and wife in. . . the horse barn.
I was so surprised.
Of course I said yes.
Early the next morning I hurried to my soon to be Mother in Law’s.
A twinkle in her eye, so much like her son, made me realize, she already knew.
There was a flurry of excitement as the word spread.
(That happens in a large, close knit family)
And before 9:00 in the morning we were off to look for wedding gowns and begin the planning.
By that afternoon, we had purchased a gown and set a date.
We would marry in less than 4 weeks.
But for this family, 4 weeks is nothing.
And within days all the details of a full wedding were complete.
Somehow, there was enough time to surprise me with a bridal shower.
October 16, 1993
would dawn a beautiful day.
I was marrying the one I had prayed for; my best friend.
The reception was in the new barn we were building.
All festive for the fall theme.
That didn’t work out so well for me.
Ask me about that sometime. . .
It was a wild ride.
We forget how fun date night can be.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
as we have sought Him in our marriage.
We have been blessed to have 20 years together.
I hope for many more.
But more importantly, I hope to finish well.
I hope we have served God with all we have.
That our love, in some way,
has mirrored the love Christ has for us.
And that God would continue to heal our broken hearts.
Happy Anniversary Gary Lee, my beloved farmer.
You still make me swoon, you still take my breath away.
Thank you for loving me.
Thank you for modeling what a Godly man looks like for our children.
And thank you for holding us all together when we feel like our world is falling apart.
It is an honor to be your wife and journey together in this life.