Card-Carrying Couple

LoveBirdsI know of a couple, who on every wedding anniversary would stroll into a Hallmark store together. They would take their time and quietly browse through the rows of neatly stacked greeting cards. Every now and then, a smile would break out on their faces or a snicker escape from their lips. Eventually, they would meet up, grinning as if hiding a secret, both with a card in their hands. First, the husband would hand a card to his wife. “Oh, for me?” she would croon teasingly and open and read it and make some sweet remark. Then she would hand him a card, and he would laugh and do likewise. Then they would quietly place the cards back on the shelves and hand-in-hand exit the store. Mission accomplished. $10 saved. Off to Starbucks!

We are not that couple. And even with the advent of all the digital modes of communication, I still like to give and receive the real deal, a piece of light-weight, colorful cardboard with sticky sweet sentiments imprinted inside. One that I can discretely flip over and see the price. I don’t often visit the Family Christian Stores, purveyors of “jesus junk” or “holy hardware,” but when I do, it’s in search of the perfect anniversary card. Such was the case on this day a few years ago.

As I foraged through the cards, I became aware of a song being played in the background on a Christian radio station. Instantly, I recognized it. “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman. “Wow, that’s an oldie,” I thought to myself. Then it dawned on me. God knows what day this is! He arranged for this song to be played right at this moment while I’m in this store. This is His anniversary card to me. Soon I was scrambling through my purse for a Kleenex.

“Tomorrow morning if you wake up,
And the future is unclear
I will be here
As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years
So, I will be here

I will be here and you can cry on my shoulder,
When the mirror tells us we’re older,
I will hold you and
I will be here to watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here

I will be true to the promise I have made
To you and to the One who gave you to me

I will be here”

And when it was over, the announcer informed, “This song was played for many weddings over 20 years ago.” Yeah, I was pretty much a mess by this time. I found the card I was looking for and made a beeline for the counter, swiping at my cheeks.

Larry made good on those words to me.

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29 Things I Love About You…

Today our covenant marriage is 29 years old!  To celebrate, I have written 29  things (in no particular order) that I love about my Larry:

  1. You are loyal.
  2. You are faithful to God, me, and our family.
  3. You are a prayer warrior.
  4. You love many nations of the world.
  5. You stay up on the news both worldwide and locally and can contribute something on many topics.
  6. You are kind to everyone.
  7. You don’t gawk at other women.
  8. You are a romantic at heart.
  9. You write the best notes on cards.
  10. You are good looking and try to keep trim and healthy.
  11. You don’t overeat or over drink.
  12. You stay up on technology and are not afraid to learn new things.
  13. You are steady in temperament.
  14. You cry at sentimental movies.
  15. You are always reading something new.
  16. You went to every parent/teacher conference with me over the course of 16 years.
  17. You took care of me and our household when I couldn’t care for myself.
  18. You make our bed every morning.
  19. You put your arm around me in public and wink at me from across the room.
  20. You fix my computer.
  21. You put gas in my car so I never have to.
  22. You love your mom.
  23. You love the Yohnke family.
  24. You invested yourself and your time with our children.
  25. You are generous in giving money.
  26. You walk me to my car every morning when I leave for work.
  27. You buy good coffee because we’re worth it.
  28. You can fix just about anything and have done so.
  29. YOU LOVE ME!