Today Robert and I share the joy of celebrating 39 years of God's Faithfulness together. We were married on Friday the 13th of July in 1973 and this is only the 8th time it's fallen on a Friday. Barely knowing each other, we married following a brief 2 month courtship by mail. We had met in high school but our paths didn't cross again until several years later when we were living in two different states.
What we did know though is that we loved each other and that we shared a budding new faith in Jesus Christ. We were still hippies but it's true .... you can't always judge a book by its cover! Thankfully, God meets us all where we're at when He sets us in process.
I've kept all of our love letters and some of them are pretty funny. For instance, I had requested ABSOLUTELY NO FLOWERS! -- after all, doesn't it make perfect sense not to "kill something for the sake of a ceremony"? I wonder if God was laughing when I wrote that!
The wedding took place at a beautiful spot in the woods near Lake Tahoe and the whole shabang cost around $100 which included -
- My dress: (which I made): $12
- Our rings: His - $20 and Mine - $10 (which I still wear proudly!)
- The preacher: $25 - (A good Baptist)
- The food: about $40 - (Vegetarian of course -which my dear mom and I made - including the whole wheat carrot wedding cake)
Here's the postcard my Knight in Shining Armor sent me when he popped the question:
And this was in the last letter I sent to him the week before we got married. I was 21 and God has answered this simple prayer over and above what I could have imagined!
I posted this little tribute to my wonderful husband last year. Since then God has blessed us with two new additions to the family - little Lydia from Thailand and sweet baby Huey.