Last week John and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary. I knew when I married John that life would be an adventure, and it has been, but when I let him plan our anniversary I had no idea what I was getting into …
This is John and I on the second longest zip line in Central America. 1900 ft long with a 300 ft drop. (It was one of 10 zip lines we went on that day, and it was actually a lot of fun!)
I met John in 1989, and we started dating not long after I graduated from high school. I was a young, single mom and he was the godly man I’d been praying for. (The full story is in my book Praying for Your Future Husband … and it’s a good one!)
Getting married at 18 and 23-years-old has brought many challenges, but also many joys. (And while these safety hats were required for zip lining. I’m sure they could have come in handy during some of the hard marriage years, too!)
For our first official date John and I went to the theater and watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. So it seems almost fitting that on our anniversary we’d be exploring Mayan temples. (We climbed to the top of two of them, and boy were my legs SORE the next day! They were really tall steps!)
Visiting Mayan ruins was John’s dream. He’d been talking about it for years, and it was the highlight of our vacation.
This is the view from the top! These temples worshipped the Mayan sun god, but I was standing up there praising my God for all the years He’s given me with John.
And this is the view from the other temple. (See, I told you that I climbed them both!)
I have to admit that I’m excited to discover what the next 25 years will bring with this man. With six kids, two grandkids, and many years of active parenting ahead of us still (our youngest is 4-years-old), it’s sure to be an adventure!
But before you think that all of our vacation was soaring heights and expansive vistas, here was the last excursion of our trip: ATV riding in Cozumel, Mexico. The first five minutes on this baby (over huge boulders and through mud pits) I thought it was going to die. But once I followed John’s lead, trusted my vehicle, and sent up lots of prayers, I relaxed and actually began to enjoy myself. And isn’t that how marriage is? Even the challenges turn out to be adventures as you learn to trust.
Here’s to another 25 years!
(And I actually like the book title “Indiana Josephine” … don’t you?!)
Now how about you … what is the biggest adventure you’ve been on?