Life from the rear-view mirror

A year in the rear-view mirror Vol 63

October 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

32370_10151118367503807_1499017859_nThis Sunday, October 27th Kathy and I will celebrate our first anniversary. We don’t have much extra this year so we haven’t planned any crazy trips and have no plans to uncork any $300 bottles of bubbly. Strangely enough this year, like last year…Kathy has the flu and has spent the last week trying to recover. Despite that,  we’ll find a way to make our first anniversary  special. Even if we do the actual celebrating at another time. We have learned, and are still learning to make all the time we spend together a celebration.

It’s truly been a great year…not without its adjustments and challenges, its give and take.  But it’s hard to believe that we could be happier than we are today.

Here’s the thing…we have a bit more wisdom and perspective at our age today. We know there are more challenges and adjustments ahead. We have four kids at home to love, get through High School, College, and prepare for life. Two grown children with their own families…grandkids to play with and pray for, love and support. Older parents who will need us more and more in the coming years, demanding jobs, commitments to church  and time to invest in the personal friendships we have come to treasure and those we have not yet discovered. Not to mention the time we will lovingly carve out and set aside to spend with each other.

Our plates are quite full…but so are our hearts.

It’s a wonderful privilege to be doing life with Kathy right here, right now. Perhaps neither of us would have written the story of our lives up until today, in the same way.  But over the last 40 years God has been working out a re-write for us. He has not taken away the pain of personal tragedy and loss that both of us have experienced, but has written into our lives a new love, new commitment, fresh hope and glorious possibility.

Happy Anniversary Honey!

I love you with all my heart!



2 people are talking about “A year in the rear-view mirror Vol 63

  1. Congratulations, Doug & Kathy!
    No words can say how my heart sings for the two of you! May you find happiness, strength, tenderness & joy all your days together! You know you have something rare – cherish it! My very best wishes for health, happiness, giggles & tickles, guys! You so deserve it! <3
    Happy First Anniversary!
    PS. I LOVE the 'doing life with Kathy' part!
    Note to Kathy – start using Airborne 1 Oct!! 🙂

  2. Happy First Anniversary to you both. Well said Doug. Who knew you had it in ya. Guess it took Kathy to get it out of ya! Enjoy each other Kathy, feel better soon.
    Kathy O’Keefe Bartiss

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