Today is our 36th wedding anniversary! We were married in 1976...The Bicentennial Year! What a great year that was all the way around. So many people were feeling patriotic and celebrating the 200th birthday of America. We were married on Labor Day Weekend and the fourth birthday of my little cousin, Holly, who was my flower girl. Today she is 40!! So hard to believe that many years have passed by!
We are having a wonderful time at the beach...so restful. My sister in law, Lanier, told us to rest, relax and hold hands. Daughter in law, Katy, told us to forget that we are Mom and Dad, Nana and Grandpa and just relax and be Marvin and Arlene. We are trying to take all that advice.
I have been collecting some shells from the beach. Marvin has laughed at me as I have picked up many broken shells. After Hurricane Isaac, lots of big broken shells have washed ashore here at the beach. The "inside" of many of these shells are just beautiful. Some are very worn on the outside but polished to a sheen on the inside.These shells remind me of our marriage in some ways. Over 36 years we have been through storms and we have been broken by the Master. But in the breaking, I hope our insides are becoming more beautiful. I know we were prettier on the outside 36 years ago today:). But we have earned our gray hair, the wrinkles that show where smiles have been as we have raised our kids and are enjoying our grands are precious to us. Our sorrows have sanded away our rough edges and have taught us to have more charity toward others who are in deep waters. The adage, "I am a work in progress" is so true. We have gained wisdom as we have grown older and we have a stronger desire to be conformed to Christ. I am hoping God grants us many more years together. Other than my salvation, Marvin is God's greatest gift to me in this life. Happy Anniversary Dear One.