Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Back to My Blog!

After a very busy season of life, I'm back to my blog again. Hard to know where to even start? Do you go back and try to catch up? Do you start from today and just move on? Hmmm, these are the things I ponder when it comes to a blog!

When I last updated it was the day before Dave and I were leaving on our 20th anniversary trip to Italy. I think that would be a good place to pick up from since it was such a special time together.

When Dave and I got engaged 20 years ago in January 1987, we were in Switzerland at a Bible conference in Beatenberg. The day after our engagement we went skiing together and while on the chairlift up one of the runs Dave shared his drea
ms of cross-cultural ministry someday with me. (At the time we were serving with OCSC-Malachi {now Cadence International} and were working with teenagers whose parents were stationed overseas in the American military).

Since this dream was a departure from what we were doing at the time, he asked me very seriously if I was willing, as his future wife, to go anywhere in the world that God led us. I was newly engaged to the man I'd been wanting and waiting to marry for two years so of course I answered an enthusiastic, "YES"! And sure enough, six years later we moved here, to the Czech Republic to begin Josiah Venture.

Why do I write that little part of our story? Because as we were sitting on the banks of Lake Como in Bellagio, Italy, I was thinking about what a rich, full, wonderful, exciting, incredible twenty years it's been with Dave! While we've had our share of heartache and difficulty (not in marriage, just in life), we have been blessed by the
Lord over and over and over again...too many time to ever recount them all. And I would have to say that I feel like one of the happiest married women in the world!

I wanted to put in a picture of us when we got engaged twenty years ago, but sadly can't put my finger on it at the moment. But here we are, twenty happy years later, celebrating our life together thus far at Lake Como, a place
of such beauty that I never, ever in my wildest dreams expected to see in my lifetime. What a good gift and blessing from the Lord to be there with my fabulous husband!

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