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September 10, 2011

23 Years and More in Love

23 yrs. ago Mark and I stood together, and before God and our family and friends we said our wedding vows.

We were young. Mark was 20 and I was 18. If we knew then what we know now, would we still have gotten married that young??? YES! YES! YES! 

We have never, ever regretted getting married at the age we did. By the time we got married we had known each other for 6 years and dated for 2 yrs. We knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, so why wait to get married?

God by His grace taught us of His ways and we grew together in Him. Even though we grew up in Christian homes, neither of us grew up with the standards in which we believe and practice in our marriage and parenting today.  So really....God taught us straight from His Word and we are so thankful. I hate to think where we would be today if He hadn't!

I was thinking back to our wedding day and the words to the song Mark and I sang together that day. Back then it was a nice melody with nice words but today they are really the foundation of who we are as a family....because of Christ! 


Here we are at the start
Committing to each other
By His Word from our hearts
We will be a family
In a house that we be a home
And with faith we'll build it strong

We'll build a household of faith 
And together we will make
And when the strong winds blow it can't fall down
As one in Him we'll grow 
And the whole world will know
That we are a household of faith

Now to be a family
We've got to love each other
At any cost, unselfishly
And our home must be a place
That fully abounds with grace
A reflection of His face

Thank you Lord for 23 great years together.
Thank you for Your grace!

I love you babe!
Thanks for being my dearest friend.
Words cannot express how much I love you!
I hope we have many more years together.
You are the best!


Rose said...

Happy Anniversary! May you have a wonderful day celebrating the gift of marriage.

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary!!! May God give you so many more years together.

Cinnamon said...

Awww very sweet!! You two look like little babes.....so young!! I was 18 too when I got married. I am so glad I did too. We've been married 24 yrs. I cannot even believe I am old enough to be celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary next year :-0

Sweet sweet post~ Cinnamon

Mrs. Stam said...

Happy anniversary!

Leanne said...

Happy Anniversary!

I must say, now more than ever, in the day and age we live in, congratulations on staying married, staying committed and staying focused on Him. That may sound strange to say, but we know how seemingly Godly families are being torn apart by divorce. I think anniversaries need to be shouted aloud and celebrated big time because marriage IS a miracle and a celebration.

Thank you for being committed, dedicated, and focused. What an example!

Josh and Rebecca Pauls said...

I am so glad that you guys got married, and then raised one of the sweetest guys that I know! :) You both are a wonderful exaple and great parents, we love you so much, may God bless you in the coming year!

Baby Blessings said...

That is funny. Marc and I were married in 1990 and we had Household of Faith sung at our wedding too! :o) Happy Anniversary!

The Pauls' Family said...

Thank you everyone! We had a great day waving to each other in the combine :) We also went to a wedding in the evening! That was fun!!!

Leanne, I lost your blog and can't get to it from your comments. Would you mind emailing it to me? mrpauls@inetlink.ca Thanks so much!