August 27, 2008


Today is hubby and my wedding anniversary. Not just any anniversary either, mind you, but out 25th anniversary! God is good!

What do we have to show for 25 years together? Not many earthly possessions; retirement accounts, vacation homes, new cars, etc. But we have been blessed with CHILDREN! Twelve and one on the way. Many would say we are "poor", but some understand the richness that children are in a marriage. We consider ourselves very rich indeed!

Yesterday our oldest son and daughter-in-law moved away.... up to northern British Columbia, where dear DIL hails from. We knew this day would come. It is bittersweet. We were so blessed to have them living so close for most of their first year of marriage.

This picture is probably one of the last times the whole family will be together for quite a while. You wouldn't believe how the moon, stars and tides had to line up just to get this picture taken (with a timer too)! **WARNING: for those of you with all younger children still, read ahead at your own risk... it is what happens when children become adults and are all going in different directions at the same time... but ignorance is bliss, so if you want to skip to the next paragraph, I don't blame you!** Second oldest son was flying home from being on staff at the YWAM base in San Francisco, CA all summer the day we took this picture. He was supposed to land at 2 pm. He missed his flight. He got home instead about 7 pm. We ate a hurried dinner together and took this picture. You see, this was the ONLY day we could because my husband would be at work the rest of the week, third son was moving out the next day (to an apartment around the corner from us - so nice!) and four days later fourth and fifth sons were leaving for a week at the YWAM Gleanings For The Hungry base in CA. They won't be back till after oldest son is gone. Did that all make sense? I could make a power point presentation of it...would that help?

So, we took the few minutes we were all together and with a borrowed flash unit (thanks Paul!) and some great editing from my sister (thanks Julie!) we have a picture of all of us together.

25 years... wow! We have so much to "show" for it, praise be to God!


HomeJewel said...

congratulations, Jerri

And the picture with all the children - that is an amazing feat!

Gail said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! You are one of the richest families I know. Many blessings to you!

Faith said...

children are a gift from matter how many you have!
How awesome...and look fantastic for having had 12!!!
God's blessings to you

Meg said...

I have been reading your blog for a while now and praying for you as you walk through this pregnancy. The grace you exude in your writing is obviously a great testimony of your faith in the Lord.

This is a stunning picture of a gorgeous family. You and your husband are indeed richly blessed.

Glad to read that your baby is doing well and that you are back home from your trip to the hospital. God bless you and your precious family!

Love from Meg in Sydney

Homemanager said...

Congratulations on 25 years! We just celebrated our 24th so we are not far behind you. :) Although, you have double our blessings (we have 6 children).
You are very rich indeed! We haven't had the time of seeing our "arrows fly" yet, but we know that it is inevitable. Your arrows might be going in different directions, but I'm sure that they are hitting the target!
Many Blessings to you this year and 25 more! :)

Roberta said...

Wonderful picture of your entire family, Jer.
Happy Aniversary!
and I am praying for you as you wait and prepare for this new little one.

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