I remember when my mom and dad celebrated their 25th anniversary. Man it was a big party, so big that I had to wear a suit. Ugh! I did not like wearing suits then and do not love wearing suits now, but I wore my bad 80’s suit to honor my mom and dad on their big day. Hundreds of people came by to congratulate them, eat cake, and present a kind of “this is your life” presentation of their married lives. It was fun – except for the suit.
When I celebrated my parents silver anniversary I never imagined I would ever get married let alone celebrate my own 25th anniversary. But you know what? I did get married to the most amazing woman, and yesterday Aleta and I celebrated 25 years of life together! It really is true that time flies when you’re having fun. We have shared laughter, tears, brokeness, silliness, stupidity, praying on our knees, fear, forgiveness and a lot of love. The word “shared” is the significant word. There is something incredibly powerful about sharing life with someone who knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about you and still wants to love you at the very same time they can’t believe you know the good, the bad, and the ugly about them and still deeply love them.
Last night Aleta and I kicked back at Tremonti in Santa Cruz. I didn’t have to wear a suit to my Silver Anniversary because – duh – that would be weird in Santa Cruz, and because that’s just not our jam! We didn’t want a giant party because it felt like too much work. Instead we slipped away together, and just marveled at the goodness of God in our lives. That ring in the picture I’v posted has “831 Aleta” engraved on the inside. 831 is our code for 8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning = Love. It’s been a great ride Aleta, let’s see what our God will continue to do in us and through in the next 25 years!