We had our 16th anniversary party last night. It was a great time (at least, I thought so). Poor Chris was stressing out about the food, about the state of the house, about all the details–I don’t think he actually ate anything till everybody left. But he really enjoyed talking to everybody. I really hope everybody had a good time–I tried to talk to everyone, but I probably didn’t.
We’re very blessed, and very grateful, to have our friends. Everyone thought it was odd that we wanted to surround ourselves with other people on our wedding anniversary. Well, we spend all kinds of time just the two of us throughout the year. It really does take a fellowship to make a marriage last these days. There’s a reason that in most church weddings, there’s a point at which the officiant asks the people assembled there if they will continue to affirm and support the couple. Too often, when the rains come in a marriage, your Christian “friends” disappear.
I understand this–it’s scary and painful, watching your friends deal with marriage troubles. But I am grateful that our friends have been willing to get over their own discomfort and step into our mess, being there with us and for us.
Now, my big conviction is that I need to be getting together with my friends more often than every three years. (Although, probably not all at once!) This summer has been crazy, between two funerals, trying once again to get our other house sold, possibly going back to school (hit a speedbump this week–more later), and everything that everyone else had going on, it seems like we hardly saw each other.
Hopefully with fall coming on, the pace will slow a little and allow for a little more fellowship. 🙂