To Have and To Hold

To Have and To Hold

Toni was born and raised in a small town in Oklahoma.She graduated from East Central University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics.After college, she returned to her hometown to marry her best friend, Charles.Toni is a stay at home mom to their three teens, two boys and a girl, whom God led them to homeschool.Her goal is to raise her children to love and serve the Lord.They live on a farm where they grow produce to sell at several farmers markets.She also plays the piano at church and teaches piano.
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25 YEARS!  That’s how long I’ve been married!  Today is our anniversary.  We’ve been through so much in the last twenty-five years and it has not always been easy.


Our wedding vows were:

…To have and to hold from this day forward,

for better for worse,

for richer for poorer,

in sickness and in health,

to love and to cherish,

till death do us part.

To have and to hold from this day forward…  Well that about sums it up!  He’s stuck with me.  It has not always been easy and I know that there have been days that we both have wanted to just throw in the towel and give up.  It’s just been “too hard”.  But, we have worked through our problems and stayed together.  I know I am not the easiest person to live with but he has stuck by me all these years.  We dated for three years before we got married so he knew what he was getting into… mostly.

For better for worse…  We have had lots of both of these times.  The better was the birth of our three children.  The worse was years of infertility and the loss of our first pregnancy.  The better was new jobs, God’s Provisions for us, new opportunities, friends, more things than I can remember…Thankfully, there are so many more better than worse. We stayed together through all of these worse times and these times brought us closer together and closer to God.

For richer for poorer… We were poor when we got married.  My husband was unemployed but had the promise of a job within a month.  That job did not pan out but another did the following month.  It was a better job, financially.  We focused on our careers in the early years of our marriage and were financially sound.  We have had our financial ups and downs over the years but have always found that God will provide for our needs.  My husband always had faith that God would provide the job he needed when he needed it and this has happened on numerous occasions.

In sickness and in health…  That has been our biggest struggle.  Sickness means sickness in this marriage.  I battled infertility for three years.  I also had a terrible accident in which it took ten stitches to sew up the side of my face.  My husband had a medical condition that went undiagnosed/misdiagnosed for a year.  He ended up losing his job because of this illness.  After numerous doctors and specialists, he was finally correctly diagnosed and treated very easily.  He has also had kidney stones and he developed food allergies.  And now more recently, he had a heart attack last year just a week after our anniversary.  He should not have survived this heart attack.  I then had my own heart scare that turned out to be false positives (I believe this was due to the power of prayer. I had too many tests that showed problems for the angiogram to come back with nothing wrong.)  His heart attack affected us the most.  That made me realize just how much I love and need him and I could see how much he loved me because of how he fought to stay alive.  I also could see his love for me when I had my wreck and when I had my “heart problems”.

To love and to cherish…  We love each other, although there are probably times that we do not like each other.  He buys me the most heart touching cards that declare his love for me.  He knows that I think that cards are a waste of money but he still buys them to tell me how he feels.  (I think part of it is to see how much he can make me cry now, oh, in a good way, not bad.)  Even though I tell him to quit wasting money on cards, I do look forward to them.  I, hopefully, have shown my love for him through all that we have been through.  At least, I haven’t purposely fed him something that he is allergic to.  (It’s a joke in our house that I will feed him something and then collect the life insurance.)

We have been though a lifetime in the past twenty-five years.  God has been with us through it all, even when we were not walking with Him the way that we should.  I pray that God will give us at least twenty-five more.  Till death do us part.

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

I Love You!

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 5 crazy, homeschooling children ages 10 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.
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Marriage is a wonderful gift from God and so we want to celebrate McKenzie and her husband’s 9th wedding anniversary.

Happy Anniversary!

“Today is my 9th wedding anniversary!  This Bible page is for just that, July 20, 2006!  Our wedding was orange and purple and I wore a white dress with pearls in my ears!  The verse on our programs was Phillipians 4:6-7.  This verse speaks just as strong as it did that day.  I love my hunky husband more today than I did 9 years ago, and I am so beyond thankful to walk beside him in life!  This page is a bit messy, because well, let’s be honest because marriage is HARD WORK and a bit messy at times!” ~McKenzie

Happy Anniversary!

Find more of McKenzie’s Bible Journaling creations at TheLetteredLight.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:6-7

Lord we thank you for the gift of marriage.  You created it to be a blessing and something that makes us humble ourselves before you and our spouse daily.  May we honor you in all our relationships and hold marriage in a higher place of honor.  For those who are struggling in their marriage right now, we pray that they will guard theirs hearts and not allow the devil to take hold of it but to place it in your loving hands.  You have proven how great you are at reconciling wrongs and we pray for reconciliation of hearts.  We also just want to celebrate those who have held onto you and each other during the good and difficult times.  May all those moments make them stronger and more able to serve you!  In the One who created this gift~Amen!

How many anniversaries have you celebrated?

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