Bittersweet Valentine’s Day Anniversary
Friday, February 12, 2010
This coming Sunday, February 14th, 2010, Jeff and I will celebrate our 18th Anniversary. We met in College returning to finish, long ago started, degrees in our mid thirties. I had recently gone through a very painful divorce and pretty much just wanted to get my degree and start my career, and a new life. Little did I know that God had other plans for me. Sitting in my Tax Accounting class was a very good looking guy who was always turning his head back and looking at me and striking up a conversation given a chance. After several conversations and sitting in the Cafeteria doing homework together Jeff finally convinced me to go on a date with him. Looking back to our very first date… we were soul mates from the start. We had very similar backgrounds, both raised by Christian parents who had been married for years. Our paths had crossed many times throughout our lives, but, until we started to get to know each other we were clueless about that. We had a whirlwind courtship and married 9 months later. My father a licensed minister preformed the Wedding ceremony, and I can say the last 18 years have been the best years of my life, what a difference marrying the right person can do for a marriage.
For those of you who have know me for awhile might remember, my dear Dad suffered several heart attacks and a stroke this past summer and went to be with the Lord on October 23, 2009. I was Daddy’s little girl and took his death very hard. As the days and weeks have passed everyone in our family has missed Dad’s presence and have been dealing with it each in our own way. We all know that he is in a much better plan with no pain or suffering and he has met his Master at Heaven’s door.
As I approach my Anniversary I am saddened that my Dad will not be here to wish me and Jeff a Happy Anniversary, since he was the one who actually married us. However, there is another in my family who will miss him with a deeply broken heart, and a longing that his life could have spared him just a little longer. You see… My parents were also married on Valentine’s Day February 14, 1951, and it would have been their 59th Anniversary this year.
Will you please join with me in Praying that God will surround my Mom with Peace and Love and ease the pain that she will feel on this day of Love and Marriage, for she will not have her loving husband of almost 59 years at her side.
Make sure you tell your loved one that you Love them. Life is short and we do not know what tomorrow brings!
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!