Saturday, June 11, 2011
June 5th marked forty years of marriage for my parents. And what amazing parents they are. They have taught me so much about relationships, God and family. My mom and I are very similar, which is slightly scary!
My parents have an amazing story. The were high school sweethearts, started dating at the age of 15. My mom came from a very traditional and strict Mennonite family, my dad came from a very different type of family, and these brothers were known as being quite wild. My mom's family did not approve, but my dad saw something in her family that he knew was different, something that he wanted.
My mom got pregnant with me at the age of 19 and they got married. Three years later, my dad became a Christian and his life completely changed. He gave up a job he loved and a brand new house and they moved us to a Bible School, where we lived in an old airplane hanger, so that my dad could become a pastor. Being a pastor is never easy and even though my dad loved the job, it was the people who made it continually difficult. My mom worked hard as well, through out these years to help out financially.
Every decision they made was for our family and was always in obedience to God's calling. It hasn't been easy. But now they are settled and they have two daughters who love and admire them both and so appreciate everything they ever gave and taught us.
I find it amazing how one persons choices in life can affect generations to come.
We are so blessed to have them as parents, and as grandparents to our children.