Forty-five years ago today these words were spoken in our church by our pastor. Actually, all of Joshua 24:15 was read: Choose you this day whom you will serve:........as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. It was the marriage ceremony of a young (21) Airman in full dress blue uniform, and a young (20....too young!) woman in a beautiful white dress made by her grandmother. These words had also been spoken twenty three years earlier at the marriage of this woman's parents, and would also be read exactly twenty years later at the marriage of the couple's daughter.
I was the young bride, Ernie the Airman. We had a small wedding party, just my sister and his brother, and our honeymoon was our drive to Spokane, Washington where he was stationed with the Air Force. Two months later he received orders for Bangor, Maine, all the way across the United States from Spokane! While in Maine we were blessed with two children, then a move back across the USA again, to Marysville, California. While in California our third child was born. The next move was only half way across the states, to upper Michigan. Then from there to Grand Forks, North Dakota where we completed our family with the adoption of a sibling group of four kids. We retired back home to Minnesota and then both worked at the college until we retired again in 2006.
We have had a great forty five years, have been blessed with seven kids and fifteen grandkids and one grand son-in-law. We have our health and have been able to do some traveling. And I can't wait to see what the future holds for us! One thing is certain, the Lord will be in our lives just as He has been in the past. And we will continue to serve Him.
Thank you dear heavenly Father for the blessings of marriage and family. Continue to be with us and keep us strong in our faith and in our bodies, so we may continue to serve You. In Christ's saving name. Amen.