Time goes by so fast doesn't it? I am really having a reminder of the speed of time because we have just hit the 25 year milestone in marriage. WOwZas!
I think about the weddings and dresses that are in vogue today and I think it is just NUTS!
Our entire wedding cost $300. My dress and shoes were one hundred dollars a fortune in those days. I actually bought my dress before Jimmy asked me. I loved it and I loved him. I was absolutely crazy in love. I reasoned that since it was peach I could just wear it, but I just knew we would marry.
People that in love have to marry! We also did NOT have an intimate physical relationship before we married. You may think that is bizarre but because I had given my heart to Jesus Christ I couldn't do that. Jimmy believed the same way so there was some serious kissing going on. Steaming up car windows at our age imagine....well don't.
But you know what? God made me a REAL bride that day.
A friend of mine made our cake and gave it as a gift. What a blessing. I spend a hundred on flowers and a hundred for pictures. We were married outside on our pastors deck overlooking the beautiful mountains in California. The weather was perfect even in August. It didn't get too hot.
We had cake and punch. Our rings are gold bands.
Here's the thing. It's not the big wedding that a marriage makes. Sometimes beginning a marriage with those huge expenses starts it off on the wrong foot. Where do you go from there? The huge house the best cars, the big debts?
I loved our simple wedding. The flowers were gorgeous. The cake was perfect. The day was perfect. The dress was just what I wanted a pretty cotton. We were so in love it was hard not to cry.
Our pastor had to crack a joke because both of us were really going to cry. It was his fault the ceremony was amazing. So he cracked a little joke.
He asked Jimmy to put the fing on me ringer. We were laughing and then he said, "I can't believe I said that, I did that at my daughters funeral too." BWAHAAHHHHAAA
we didn't cry.
Tomorrow we are going to have a party. I am going to take pictures and share every bit of it with you.
I'm fretting because I have on this cast and I don't know what I am going to wear. I sure wish I still looked like that bride. I know I don't and my handsome man doesn't either but time has been kind to us in that we love each other more. We can't imagine life alone. We have nothing in common. We don't do anything special to cultivate our relationship, the credit is to God alone. It is our faith in Jesus Christ and our love for God that binds us together. God has given us love and more love. It is grace! When times have been bad and they have been we have been on our knees asking God to keep us, and He has done it. Christians say they will give God the glory for the great things He does. Sometimes we do in church and around each other. I think at times we are amiss to praise God in mixed company. Today I want to shout to the world that my joy comes from the Lord. My life has been redeemed and my marriage is a trophy of His goodness and grace!