Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Having Fun at 15

May 29th was the an exciting day in Emo, Ontario. It was the day that $60,000+ boats like this

drove by our house and threw candy to four happy kids

who couldn't believe that their parents would organize a boat parade with over 60 boats just for them on their 15th Anniversary! That's right folks, no effort is to small for celebrating God's goodness to us in our married life, especially upon our arrival in this great town. And you can see, that our kids agree!

. . . Okay, I was kidding! Actually the boat parade, the weekend of fundraising dinners, weigh-ins, the Walleyidol Competition, and prize draws were a part of the 7th annual Emo Walleye Classic. Most of you know we prayed to come to an area that had fishing, but who would have known that God would bring us to a town with its own fishing tournament! It truly was a fun weekend, and who knows, maybe one year we will enter with our canoe (there was a few people who didn't catch any fish, so I know I could fit in!). We won a few of the penny table prizes, but missed out on the big prize which was a boat, motor, and trailer worth over $19,000. Oh well, maybe next year.

Getting back to "Having Fun at 15", May 29th was our 15th anniversary, and it was a real chance to celebrate God's grace on us, and the fun we are having as a couple. There have been many years of kids in diapers, me in school, and times of transition, so it is great to be able be in a spot serving God together, enjoying our kids together and just having fun. We were blessed by a card Lorianne gave us as we celebrated a family dinner.

People around here have something to say,

I think its about a special day,

Maybe the day 2 people got married,

And the rings that are now carried.

When looked upon today, remind them of the vows that were spoken,

And it's another year that they haven't been broken.

And here is her thoughts on what anniversaries are about:

Happy are the years that are together.

Anniversaries are like Wedding Birthdays.

People are made to love one another.

Parents have probably more fun than couples.

Years have passed, years full of learning.

Amazing Grace! That why you are here.

Never forget who cooks the food!

In 10 years you will be 46! More time to learn.

Vows spoken, are not to broken.

Every Year that passes is full of memories.

Relax Today.

Sing Praises to the Lord!

An awesome God has brought you together.

Remember the day you were first married.

You're still together and will be FOREVER!

Some pretty special words from our oldest and only girl. Lois and I actually celebrated our Anniversary a few days earlier. Lois' mom came from Winnipeg and blessed us by looking after the kids while we went to a cabin near Rushing River graciously loaned to us by some friends (actually, it was the same cabin we had been to 6 months after we were married back in 1993). We both agreed that we had the best time away as a couple ever - just fun, relaxing, time canoeing and hiking, quiet, and best of all, no issues to work through!

Amazingly enough, I preached on God's Vision for Marriage just three days after our Anniversary, and I hadn't even planned it that way. Clearly God has been at work in our lives, and I could get up and share from Scripture how God wants our marriages to work and not worry that Lois would be hurting in the pew. In fact, when someone asked her "What is it like listening to your husband preach on marriage?" she replied, "This week, it is fine!"

For those of you who have been praying for us, thank you. As we seek to live out the truth of Ephesians 5:21-33, we know that it is only by God's grace that we can be a testimonty to God's glory to those around us. We don't know what the next 15 years holds for us, but we do know Who holds them, and so we go forward with confidence, believing the same thing that we did on our wedding day . . .

"I know the plans I have for you" says the Lord.

"Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you,

plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11