This past Sunday, August 21st was our 18th wedding anniversary. It has been an eventful marriage. At our wedding reception one of my aunts said, "If you can get through the first ten years, the rest are a piece of cake." I thought this was a good philosophy until our first year of marriage started.
Only days before I walk down the aisle we learn I have pre-cancerous cells and need immediate surgery and will never have children. My darling husband wanted a few children yet when I told him what I learned at the doctor's office, his response - "I'm not marrying you for the babies we might have. I love YOU." Aww...If I wasn't sure I had the right guy before that moment, this was the clincher.
And then tragedy strikes eight months into the marriage. My Great Aunt passes away with my sister's kidnapping the following day. Between August 21st, 1993 and our anniversary on August 21st in 1994 - I had surgery expecting to never have children, there were seven deaths and a kidnapping! I remember sitting next to my aunt at the Heidi Allen Command center one day and looking her square in the eyes - "I can't handle another nine years like this." She assured me we had stood the test seven-fold and not to worry about the rest. If we could survive a year like this, then we are golden.
I am happy to report the Lord blessed us with a beautiful daughter in 1998 despite the doctor's predictions. We have made wonderful friends and have a great home.
As long as we have each other - life is good!
Happy Anniversary Ed!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323