Last month we celebrated my wonderful husband, Ed's, birthday with family and a friend. Ed had the day off so I invited his siblings over for an afternoon of cards, food, and much laughter. It was a great day, to say the least and we made memories and remembered family gatherings of years past. We went to church in the morning with the thread of rain hanging above us in the clouds yet according to the weather maps, "it would blow over". Well...it never blew over. In spite of the canopy tent and umbrellas we placed on the deck, we were moving the party inside.
This is only one reason I love my husband so much. Another reason I love him, he is an idiot! But guess what, so am I. Most of you know my love to read and write, well, this is not my sweet's desire but when I started to read We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can aloud one evening last summer while sitting on the deck, he sat back and enjoyed this great book. You see, he married an idiot too, and at times, I'm the bigger idiot.
During his birthday party, he knew my distaste for standing in the rain to grill yet knew I did it because my love for him is greater than any storm life might bring into our lives. Ed, doesn't like parties (at all) but knows this is my heart's desire, to celebrate life and rejoice with those I love, so he let me throw him a "gathering with cake" (I didn't call it a party, lol). What did we learn - when we set aside our pride and our own agendas, much happiness follows.
Thankfully, Ed and I, each married and idiot. Only two idiots can survive such tragedies with smiles on their face and remain in love. The greatest thing we gained in our marriage, the Lord. It took a decade to get there but once we did, the roller coaster ride of emotions, grief, tragedy, and life still happen but our strength isn't our own...making life that much more enjoyable. James says it best...
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Celebrating another year of survival, strength, love, and marriage!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323