Today is our wedding anniversary. We have had nine wonderful years together, moving all over the country, learning about each other, exploring life together! I am so thankful for my amazing husband, and for all that God has given us!
We were married in the summer after my college graduation. Darren had been living in Chicago for a year at that point. After the honeymoon, we drove with my parents across the country to our new apartment together in Forest Park, Illinois about 10 miles west of Chicago city limits.
Those five years in the Chicago area were great. We were so excited to finally be together after our long-distance relationship the previous year. It was a time of exploration ... of ourselves, of marriage, of each other, of our faith, of life! What a wonderful time!
Then we spent two years in the Nashville area, yes, in Tennessee! We enjoyed a restful and refreshing time at our church, Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Henecke was the pastor of Darren's in Portland while he was growing up. There was a great group of people and such wonderful preaching. We both felt that it was like coming home.
Now we are in New Jersey. What a contrast to the friendly south! Even so, our community here at PTS is amazing and we are both being stretched and growing, individually and together!
Life is good! God is good! We have two beautiful children! And every day I spend with Darren I fall deeper in love!
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