An Anniversary Close To My Heart

Two years ago on Memorial Weekend, our family and friends gathered to share in one of the happiest days of our lives — the marriage of our daughter Kristin to her beloved Shawn. Since these two love each other like crazy and have a knack for enjoying life already, their two years of marriage have flown by in a happy blur. They are currently on vacation and emailed the picture above from Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Another neat memory to add to the happy blur of their lives :)

Kristin and Shawn’s anniversary actually brings up a host of wonderful memories of their wedding weekend. Family and friends arrived from all across the country and beyond — one of Kristin’s bridesmaids came from London and another from Ecuador! A work crew composed of family and bridesmaids transformed a great reception hall into beautiful perfection. At the rehearsal dinner, I relaxed in marvelous reprieve from being in charge. And then on wedding day when we finally made it to the church and then on to the party (you can imagine the craziness that transpired in the hours leading up to that!), our dreams unfolded before our eyes. Moments of contentment and joy swept over me one after another.

Words really do fall short in describing the joy I felt that day — and in the days since as I think back on that chapter of our lives. What a blessing it was, what a dream come true, to be able to give Kristin and Shawn a wonderful wedding celebration to mark the beginning of their lives together (thanks to Shawn’s parents for their help, too!). The beauty, the fellowship, the fun…all turning into precious memories we can savor for a lifetime.

The greater blessing, though, was seeing the Lord bring these two together. For years I had prayed for a husband for Kristin who would love God above all and love her the way He intends — and He answered that prayer in Shawn. That was the biggest blessing, the biggest dream come true. And I’m sure Shawn’s family feels the same way about Kristin. My heart still overflows with thanks to God for blessing our precious kids with each other.

So “Happy Anniversary”, Kristin and Shawn! Your special day, May 27th, will always be close to my heart.

“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1


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  2. Happy Anniversary Shawn and Kristin! I have great memories of the wedding weekend, too. Looking forward to seeing you guys this week. Should be great fun. I’m sure we will all be taking lots of pictures then, too, especially with a new member of the family joining us. :)

  3. Thanks for the beautiful post! We’re definitely excited to be celebrating our 2nd anniversary this week!

    Please note that we are standing on the field at Comerica Park prior to the Tigers baseball game (which they won 19-3 against the Minnesota Twins!) :)

  4. Kristin, so glad you liked the post! Hope you have a wonderful day together on Tuesday. Enjoy the rest of your trip, and we’ll see you at the reunion!

    Debbie, can’t wait to see all of your gang, especially my new great-niece :) I know you are so proud of your precious little granddaughter!

  5. Cheryl,

    It is Frank Sinatra singing on my blog…since most of the people in my family (that I knew/know) who served the country served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam, I chose his version of the song. We did have a couple in the 1st Gulf War and have 1 deployed now. Thanks for stopping by the blog, I love yours and am glad I stopped by to say hello.


  6. Annette, thanks so much for coming on over to check out my blog. So glad you liked it! Hope you’ll come back from time to time.

    Sounds like your family has been very active in the service. May God bless and bring your family member currently deployed home safely!

  7. “Be at rest once more, O my sould, for the LORD has been good to you.”

    My Conversations With God at

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