Our common bond of faith became our foundation

It was the faith we held in common that had me say yes when he asked me out. That, and his undeniable good looks. As I look back, that may have held an edge for my 19-year-old self. We’d both grown up as pastor’s kids in the same denomination. We knew the life, the traditions, we believed. This was enough common ground to explore a future. It was enough to...

When Celebrating our Anniversary Celebrates Others

The more the numbers add up and years pass, the more significant our time together becomes. In our society of throwaway everything, including marriages, having a long-term marriage means something. We recently celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. Yeah, that’s a big number. Even more, that’s a lot of learning and relearning, mostly how to gather around you good people to help nurture you through the tides of life. So much...

Five-Minute Friday {same}

Thirty-eight years next month and we couldn’t be more different. The memories of standing in front of the church, our church, our people, of saying quiet the words of promise, those memories seem more clear than the photo’s that have started to age. We were young. I was scared. He was certain. Was that the hint to other differences that would unfold? The signs were there. He’s an outdoor guy...

Extraordinary Ordinary {this guy}

October posts have all been part of a blogging challenge to write for 31 days. It is proving to be just that: a challenge. Even this talkative girl is struggling with things to say. Allow me a brief departure in sharing stories of people to share a more personal one. This one is completely biased. Today is our 37th anniversary. And this guy, the one who boldly asked this scared...

The tension of grace

“Grace is outrageously unfair, ridiculously extravagant, and unashamedly the center of the gospel, and it sure beats judgmentalism, legalism, and all the other isms.”  Life is fluid and there are changes put forward or put upon. Good changes marked by education and growth and life changes most of us would rather not experience. All those “at your age” changes – ack! Then there are culture changes. These can be sticky...