Posted by: mmstanger | September 29, 2010

Will It Be a Sixth Year of Sunshine?

Six years ago tomorrow, Mike and I were betrothed on a Thursday after school.  (I was still teaching full time.) It was a gorgeous night for a civil ceremony on the beach and one that began the last handful of hectic, but blessed years.

Five years ago, we forgot our camera…

Four years ago, we had one pudgy little blessing along with us.

Three years ago, a second little blessing joined us.

Two tears ago, we thought we had our hands full.

Last year, God was smiling, knowing He had plans to make them fuller…

And this year — our newest blessing will be with us as we walk the beach, no matter what the day presents.

I am so grateful for all the ebbs and flows of the past five years and for the blessing of family that has been granted us!  For “Love is patient, love is kind…” (1 Cor 13:4), just as was read at our ceremony.

And, I am thankful for our home (which is full of love, even if the house itself needs a lot).  Creating “home” is what we longed for as we entered into our Betrothal.  Indeed, that is why we selected another reading:

Now you will feel no rain
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now each of you will feel no cold
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness for you
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Praise for answered prayers!  (And happy anniversary to my Sweet who I am so blessed to share “one life” with.)

This post is being shared at Grace Alone’s Thankful Thursday, where the following verse was shared.  It is one I find very apropos as we celebrate the anniversary of our Bethrothal and look ahead to many more years of joy and challenges:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
~ Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV ~ emphasis Grace Alone’s)

Join in to share what you are thankful for today.



  1. What a wonderful post of celebration! Beautiful!

  2. Thanks be to God, for your marriage, for your children and your life together!
    I love the beach photos… I live on an island and spend a lot of time on the beach. So beautiful, so peaceful, so relaxing. I feel especially close to God there.

  3. Happy Anniversary 🙂 – How sweet that you and your beloved go back on your anniversary with you little ones.

    Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us.

    Love & peace,
    < Iris

  4. Such a nice post, enjoy your anniversary.

  5. What a heartwarming post. Bless you on your anniversary!

  6. Congratulations, and happy anniversary! Wow, you just get better and better looking each year!!! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating and anticipating the lifetime to come. ♥

  7. What more could you be thankful for. You are blessed!

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