I am married to an amazing man.
Several years ago, after reading the book The Dream Manager, my husband and I each made a list of 100 things we’d like to accomplish during our lives. The lists include spiritual, financial, family, and personal goals.
Friday was our 21st wedding anniversary. My husband totally surprised me by arranging for our daughters to spend the night with friends and then fulfilling one of my dreams. There is a classic hotel downtown that I’ve admired for years – and staying there for a night was on my list of things I’d like to do.
|View through the balcony door|
|Our lovely king-sized bed|
We had a wonderful time, eating at a nice restaurant, then strolling the streets and walking through the market before having dessert. It was a dream come true.
Yet an even bigger dream being realized is this relationship that I’m in. Trust me – it’s not perfect. We still have our moments, and I know that I am not always easy to live with. I tend to think I’m always right and so often want things my own way. Marriage takes work every single day.
I know that I have been blessed, but I can’t rest on the past twenty-one years we’ve shared. I want to make our future years together all that they can be, to be a blessing to my husband and to honor God through our marriage.
Whether you’re a newlywed or have been married for awhile, we can all choose today to lift up our husbands in prayer, find ways to admire them and show them our love, and do our best to fulfill our calling as a wife.
What a lovely surprise for you 🙂 So glad that you enjoyed your time together. And, I agree that we can't rest and assume that things will always be nice and neat – we need to be some effort in every day.
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, Tracey!!! What a special treat for you both! My hubby and I are celebrating 13 years today. =) My mother just flew to our home for a visit last week, and she surprised us by having us go out on a date.
Love the idea of writing out a "to-do" list with your spouse also ~ might have to think on that. =)
God Bless you and your husband with many more blessed years together! God is so good!
Yes, God is so good! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband as well! So glad you had the chance to go out on a date together.
I take our oldest daughter to camp today, so keep me (and her 🙂 in your thoughts and prayers.
Oh, what a wonderful surprise! Happy Anniversary to you both! You are right that marriage takes work. We have to be intentional about cultivating a solid relationship every day. I love the idea of the 100 things list. I think that is something I'll suggest to my husband as a project for us to do.
We made our lists several years ago, and it's neat to see how many things I've been able to cross off. Some of the items are ongoing things and others are for a season of life when the girls are a bit older, but it's helpful for me to have dreams and plans to review and accomplish.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Happy anniversary! You did marry a great man, one who remembered your wish to stay in this hotel. How nice! And then he arranged everything.
You're right that it takes work every single day for our marriages to work. Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement.
Aww! What a wonderful suprise, indeed! 🙂 What a lovely post too – and encouraging. Belatedly, happy anniversary to you both – may God bless you with a lifetime of happy years together ahead!! xo
Thank you, Clara! It was a wonderful surprise! I am blessed in our marriage and pray that God will continue to grow it into all that He would have it to be.
Blessings to you, too, my friend!