Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Anniversary, Dear

Today, Greg and I celebrate 17 years of marriage. We started today with a ferocious bout of the stomach flu (yep, both of us, but I'll spare you the gory details), which reminded me a bit of our 13-year anniversary where the morning started by plunging a stopped up toilet in our bathroom, together. Ahh, may the romance live on.

God in His providence allows some anniversaries to fall on run-of-the-mill, "this is really married life" days, for which I am grateful. There can be some danger in looking to the calendar to fill you emotionally, and that certainly can happen with days like anniversaries and birthdays.

As we approached our anniversary this year, I found myself incredibly grateful for God's kindness toward us in our marriage. I can say it is only by God's grace that our marriage survived and still thrives today.

As I reflect on the past year, I am ever so grateful to God for continuing to grow my husband in the knowledge of Him. I can see Greg's patience with me and compassion toward me growing with each passing day. He is an example to me of how to love and serve others. I thank God I can with live with him and learn from him.

So, it was this morning after a night of exhausting trips to the bathroom that we both collapsed in a heap on our bed and I turned to my husband and said, "Happy Anniversary, Dear." Then we both called in sick to work, an unexpected day off together. May there be, if God wills, many more days together, whatever His plan for them may be.


  1. Oh, wow, Katrina. How unfortunate. But, I guess there's a bright side to everything. Here are two: you are BOTH in the same boat, and you are BOTH off work together on your anniversary. I guess the cake and stuff can wait til later. :)

    May God continue to bless you in your relationship with Him. May He continue to bless you in your relationship with your husband, Greg. And may He also bless you with all He has already set for you to do in 2012 in the ongoing building of His Kingdom.

    Keep up the great work, Katrina! God is glorified in all you do for Him, the easy and uneasy stuff, the stuff that others notice and the stuff that only God notices. It's all good because He is good.

    Praising God with and for you, sister. Have a blessed new year.

    Paul & Kim

  2. Paul,
    Thank you for the kind words! God has given you the gift of encouragement, my friend.


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