On June 8th, twenty eight years ago Danny and I got married.
Our hearts made lots of plans.
We planned to have children. We had two amazing boys. And then God completely surprised us with a daughter. A most beautiful surprise that was not in the plan.
We lived on Long Island in New York. We planned to have a nice house someday. And we do, but it is in New Port Richey, Florida. A nice surprise since we both love the sunshine but that was not in the original plan.
We dreamed of having a business. We never imagined it would be selling (the best) chicken sandwiches and sweet tea! A great surprise but not exactly in the plan.
We planned to have Sunday dinners at my mom’s house as our children grew but sadly that ended abruptly when my boys were four and 1 year(s) old.
We planned on watching our kids grow up with their cousin Alex but she will remain forever 18 to us now that God has taken her to be with Him.
We planned on never speaking a harsh word to each other and always communicating openly and lovingly…well you know how that goes!
There is joy and heartache in every journey in every life and every married life. What has held us together and made this journey so beautiful is that even though we have made lots of plans and are still making them, we rely on the reassuring fact that God alone determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9
In his heart man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps
We still make plans. Lots of them. Exciting ones. But we hold them loosely knowing that there will be twists and turns and unexpected detours. We know that even though some of the bends in the road will be confusing, we will look back and see that they were leading us to the places that God intended for us to go.
Twenty eight years later by the grace of God, our love is sweeter, richer and deeper.
And we’re still making plans!