It’s our wedding anniversary today. We’ve been celebrating all weekend! Yesterday we woke up early, got dressed and headed to the Sedona Red Rocks. I climbed up those red rock hills determined, even in my dress, to breathe in the fresh morning air. The sturdy jagged mountains, copper colored, spotlighted from the warm morning sun surrounded us; I experienced a rush of gratitude. God blessed us generously over the last forty-five years!
Our trek in the steep red elevation exhilarated us. We drove through town and found a cute cafe for breakfast. A burly, outgoing man, the owner, welcomed us while the woman drinking coffee at his table complimented my dress.
“We’re celebrating today. It’s our 45th wedding anniversary,” I replied.
The little cafe filled up quickly and we were surprised when the owner stopped by our table and loudly exclaimed that he had an idea to make “our” day special! He burst into song: “Happy Anniversary to you…”
Everyone chimed in and serenaded us, clapped their hands and shouted their congratulations. I guess 45 years rings of achievement to some. The friendly owner longed to make our day special and he made it memorable for me when he shouted: “Hey, everybody, can you feel the love?”
I feel the love. I felt loved in the party of strangers! I felt Tom’s love more than his embarrassment. Clearly we made it this far because we both soaked our marriage in our Savior’s love!
We cherish you, friends! We send hugs to you for all the prayers and love you send our way.
We’re grateful to our children for all their support over this past year. They whisked us off for a special weekend of celebration. They created good family times and wonderful memories for our 45th year!