Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Today, my wonderful husband and I celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary.   Our sixteen years together have been filled with many joy-filled moments and many not-so-joyful moments.  

Every once in a while, I will look into the eyes of my beloved, when he and I are up to our ears in life (you know what I mean, right? financial challenges, disobedient kids, something else breaking in the house, conflicting schedules, petty disagreements, etc., etc., etc…) and ask him, “So, is this how you pictured our life together?”  

              The answer, of course, is no.  Sixteen years ago, we both pictured a perfectly idyllic life- with perfect children, a perfect house to live in, and day after day of nothing but happy moments together.

Our life may not be the "happily ever after" of fairy tales and Disney movies.  And, it is not always the perfect pretty picture we had in our minds when we exchanged our vows.  Instead, our life together is real, with good days and with bad, for better and for worse….. and we face it all together.  It is not perfect but even after 16 years, Tim and I still truly love and cherish one another.  We are still committed to each other and we still thank God for the blessing of our marriage.  I guess, that’s “happily ever after” enough for me.


  1. Congratulations, Kari and Tim! I hope you enjoy your special day.

    I've just finished reading The Life I Dreamed, Kari, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I carried my iPad around reading it while I cooked and did chores! It was inspiring. I'm looking forward to reading your next novel.

    God bless:-)

  2. Happy Anniversary Kari and Tim! I hope you both had a wonderful celebration and enjoyed looking back on those 16 years of married life together.

    When our daughter Felicity was married last year, the priest said she and her new husband had no idea of what was ahead of them. He smiled as he said that they probably imagined fairy tale happiness. They were going to find out what marriage was really all about. But it was going to be a wonderful adventure regardless of the challenges, and those challenges would actually increase their love for each other and draw them closer together. Of course, we all know what Father was getting at, having been married a while. I suppose after one year of marriage Felicity and Graham now understand too!

    Anyway, you have a lot to celebrate. May God continue to bless you both.

  3. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you two! May you have many, many more beautiful years together! For it is the downs that make the ups that much more sweeter!




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