We've just returned from two weeks in Germany, Austria and the Czeck Republic. A twenty fifth wedding anniversary trip for us. It's amazing how fast time goes by and how we measure the passage of time. The events that mark the years are interesting because we tend to thing they happen in a vaccum but upon reflection their were so many events taking place at the same time in difference areas of our lives but we only remember those certain events that have a "marker".
I remember the first Thanksgiving that we were married. Jamie's mom was still alive then and so full of life. She wanted to know all about our time together as husband and wife for all of the three months we had been married. From her wheelchair she would ask all the questions and piece together our relationship. She was a wonderful woman, so full of life.
Having been diagnosed with MS years earlier, she was on a gradually declining slope. Slowly losing the use of her hands and feet. But that first year she seemed to be especially full of energy and excited to have her family together.
Jamie's dad was one of the few spouses of MS victims that stayed with his spouse. so many can't take the pressure and responsibility of caring for an MS victim. He provided all her care for over 30 years. Their marriage was a picture of love, respect and committment to their marriage vows. A great example of how a marriage should be.
As we celebrate 25 years together, we remember the heritage we have and the great example of love and sacrifice that was their marriage. May we all have the courage to live as they did.