Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Yesterday

Just yesterday I was 17 years old sitting in my parents car on the McDonald's parking lot wondering what I was going to do with the rest of Sunday afternoon.

Just yesterday I was 18 and he was 19 and we were standing in the chapel of our church saying, "I do", and crying like the babies we were.

Just yesterday I got home from a doctor's appointment to see him peeling potatoes because we were having company for dinner and I was late, and stopping abruptly when my very first labor pain hit.

Just yesterday we were holding hands walking into the first, but not the last, house we ever bought.

Just yesterday he moved me and our three babies to a town four hours away from family where I didn't know a soul, but it was okay because I knew him.

Just yesterday the first child grew up, then the second, then the third, and we were left with each other wondering "what happens now?"

Just yesterday we held our first grandchild and wept for the joy of it.

Just yesterday we held onto each other as we watched our parents die and his cancer appear.

Just yesterday we went on a mission trip and felt called together to continue on that journey.

I remember all the yesterdays, and especially the one 47 years ago when we stood in a chapel holding onto each other.  I remember them with joy and sometimes tears but always with gladness.  I hold the yesterdays in my heart but I'm in love with today and can barely wait for the tomorrows.  I'm so glad we began this journey in God's house and that He has walked each step of it with us.  And that when this part of the journey ends we will still be together in His presence.

50 comments:

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Happy Happy Anniversary and may God grant you many more.
blessings
Patti

sunny said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful story of your love and time together.

Marge said...

Happy anniversary! And in 11 days it will be our 47th. Time sure goes by quickly, doesn't it.

God's blessings to you.

BlueRidge Boomer said...

Great Post...!!

Enjoy the next 47....

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary. You are a beautiful couple, and God is smiling on you. He loves you both very much.

B-Z-Quilting said...

So precious! Wishing you blessings and more blessings as you continue your journey.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Lovely tribute to so many yesterdays and to so many tomorrows a Happy Anniversary.

Barb said...

What a lovely couple...time sure flies doesn't it!! Happy Anniversary!

Mad about Craft said...

Congratulations! Hope you have many more!

paulette said...

What a lovely post!! I got teary reading it!! You are truly blessed!! And yes, times passes way too quickly...it sounds to me like you are enjoying and savouring every moment! Have a wonderful anniversary!
P

Snoodles said...

Happy, happy anniversary! I'm misty-eyed, just reading your roll-call of blessings! Such a sweet post...thank you for sharing. Wishing you God's best, and many more sweet years together.

Madame Samm said...

May you both experience even more 17-18 yr old moments..How wonderful to have you both still beaming with love....I used to look at "older people" holding hands and smile...
we now are those very YOUNG people in older bodies...wink...love the photo of you both...

Patricia said...

What a wonderful and touching tribute you have written commemorating your 47th wedding anniversary. May God continue to bless y'all with many more years together.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What a special post! Love the picture of both og you, still so in love.

Carol said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! I love your post too. May you enjoy another 47 years together!

Next Tuesday my dh and I will celebrate 25 wonderful years together. Like you, we have many happy and some sad memories, but together we weathered the years.

Enjoy!

Carol (NJ)

Molly said...

What an eloquent tribute to what sounds like a marriage made in heaven! Wishing you many more wonderful "yesterdays" together!

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Happy Anniversary and Many Many more yesterdays, todays and tomorrows! What a beautifully written post! HUGS!

Arkansas Patti said...

What a beautiful post about a beautiful couple.
Happy anniversary. You have both been blessed.

Gmama Jane said...

So eloquently written!! The picture of the two of you warms my heart!! Two beautiful people and I'm so happy you have had 47 yrs together. Both of you meant those vows "just yesterday" and hopefully eternity will feel as though we've all been together since "just yesterday"
Blessings
Jane

Joy said...

What a beautiful post ..... happy Anniversary to you both!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Ginger Quilter said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. You have been blessed with each other and God's Love.

Lyn

Peggy Lee said...

Oh how sweet! My eyes are all misty.
A very Happy Anniversary to you and your husband.

brenco1 said...

How blessed you both are. Congratulations and may you both continue the journey that God has planned for you.

Carolyn said...

Marlene, first of all Happy Anniversary to the both of you and I hope you have many, many more blessed years together. The foundation of your lives together has been the Rock. As long as that exists in your home, you will always be happy. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story of happiness, sadness, but most of all, your faith. Love to you...

Ray and Jeanne said...

Happy Anniversary! Time goes so fast but never too fast to count our blessings. Thanks for sharing.

Lindah said...

Happy Anniversary! What a treasure box of yesterday's memories and the best part is that it is not full yet. Sweet, sweet photo.

Lori said...

What a beautiful post. Happy Anniversary!

Julie Fukuda said...

Do have a happy day and keep those lovely memories coming.

Truffle queen said...

A belated Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful blog! I certainly hope your children were able to read it! The Peace of the Lord be with you!

Carrie P. said...

Happy Anniversary! Lots of great memories together.

Milah said...

What a sweet post! Happy Anniversary!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

this is so beautiful...a very happy anniversary to you both!!
Kathy

Pokey said...

Happy Anniversary! I loved your share, it sure does go by fast. I am glad to have my Larry on our walk with the Lord through this old world. Many Blessings to you both!
:-}pokey

Alice Grace said...

How beautiful! What a blessing you have been to each other!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful post! Happy Anniversary. I've got ten more years to catch up with you :-)

Grammasheri said...

Beautiful. And such a blessing to those of us who read it. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple.

Sincerely Mama said...

Beautiful post -- and you both look amazing!

Grammy Staffy said...

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POST!!!! My eyes are leaking and my heart is touched. Your words are poetry. Happy Anniversary. I love the beautiful picture of you two. Your love of each other and God is evident. Just looking at it makes my heart smile.
Knowing you brings me joy. Thank you for your good example and thank you for being my friend.

I hope blogger will let me leave you this comment. I have been having trouble for 2 days. I followed your suggestion and signed out and back in. I am glad to be back in blogland. I miss you when I am away. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Jody Blue said...

Very very sweet! Happy Anniversary!

FabricFascination said...

You made me cry with this post. So sweet. It reminded me of the song "He's Walking Her Home" by Mark Schultz

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary My Dear Friend what a Beautiful story thank you for sharing it with us. Beautiful Post and may you be Blessed with many more years.

Peace and Blessings
Cheryl...Snatch JOY~!

Salem Stitcher said...

Y'all are beautiful...absolutely.

Happy Anniversary!

Sheila said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!Many blessings for many more wonderful years together .

donna a said...

That is truly beautiful! Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 17th anniversary. Although we are just kids comparatively in the number of years together, I do know what you mean by "just yesterday". Really, time goes by faster every day. Life is so fragile and every day is a blessing especially when you share it with someone you love and trust. Praise the Lord for such blessings!

Jacquie said...

What a wonderful post!!! Happy Anniversary to y'all!

Purple Pam said...

What a wonderful post on the celebration of your lives. you are certainly word gifted.

Colleen said...

Absolutely a beautiful tribute to your lives. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

Susannah said...

Hi Marlene, Happy Anniversary!!!! May you have many "tomorrows" together. 47 years is a long time. We are heading to our 47th this year, too. But it was just yesterday when I was "sitting in the middle " of his hot rod and we were driving all over town. Ahhh...the memories.

Marlene, that is an extrememly nice picture of you and your husband. What a good looking couple!

I will say an "anniversary" prayer for you both.

Susannah

Jackie said...

What a great post! You are truly blessed! Happy Anniversary!

Adrienne said...

Stopping by catch up a bit and wish you a belated happy anniversary. Hope it was wonderful!
~Adrienne~