Anyway, it started me thinking about them and their marriage. As one who is inside the family but not married, I am in a unique place, I think, to make a couple of observations.
|Just married (or just engaged, I can't remember which!)|
|25th anniversary trip to New England|
I think the number one reason my parents are together and have a successful, in my opinion, marriage is that Jesus is the center of not only their married life, but also their personal lives. They are each absolutely committed to Jesus, serving Him, following Him, and learning more about Him daily. By being personally committed to Jesus, they bring that to every part of their lives. I believe their marriage is thriving because of their commitment to Jesus.
|40th anniversary celebration|
|The Christmas we were snowed in at my sister's|
|Working on okonomiyaki with chopsticks|
|Preparing for the year of the dragon at IKEA Japan|
My parents love and respect each other. They, of course, each do things that annoys the other person, however, they love the whole person and respect the life God has gifted to them. They have learned how to communicate their love in a way that respects the other's needs and desires. And, they are just so darn adorable!
Having been married 47 years, they have not avoided hardships and heartbreaks. However, they have taken the time to work through their challenges together, with a commitment to God and each other. It was not always easy, but it was always worth it.
I am grateful for my parents and the example they have shown me. I have learned much about love, commitment, and laughter from them! Thank you, Mom and Dad.