Thirty-six Years and Still Climbing

5 05 2015

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Look at us. That was the summer of 1979, and we were newlyweds. So young. So unaware and unprepared for a journey that would include unimaginable adventures, trials, sorrows, and joys. Today marks 36 years of wedded bliss. And wedded turmoil. And wedded hanging on by our fingernails. But most of all, today marks 36 years of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness. For your viewing pleasure, here’s a little stroll down visual memory lane.

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May 5, 1979, leaving the church on our wedding day

The 80s
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The 90s
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The 00s
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The 10s
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After my dad walked me down the aisle on our wedding day, before he officially gave me away, George sang a song to me. The lyrics were an invitation: Let us climb the hill together. That’s a good metaphor for marriage. Much better than a walk in the park or a stroll on the beach. The soundtrack of a marriage is beautiful music, yes. And laughter and weeping. Joyful praises shouted and agonized prayers wrung from a broken heart. Daily choices to give and forgive. And, in the end, it’s all good. All part of a symphony God orchestrates for our growth and His glory.

“I pray God will be with us night and day, guide us on our way. So, let us climb. Let us climb. Let us climb the hill together.”

Invitation accepted. Until death do us part.

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Speaking of soundtracks, here’s a little vintage George and Jeanne singing “Let Us Climb,” because, why not?
Love you, George. Happy Anniversary. xo


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16 responses

5 05 2015
ro elliott

Happy happy anniversary…. Blessing and grace for many more years ahead!!!! And what a sweet song😍

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thank you, Ro! xo

5 05 2015
Deidra Riggs

Happy anniversary! Wow. What a great post. I’m all emotional over here in Nebraska.

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Aw, thanks, Deidra! I had fun going through old photos for this. Thanks for sharing some cross-country love with us. xo

5 05 2015
Jim Leftwich

Beautiful couple, Beautiful family, Beautiful life—-you are a blessing to all who know you !! Congratulations and much love—-Papa Jim

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Daddy. I’ll never forget the tears streaming down your face as George sang. You’re still the sweetest, tenderest one. Love you.

5 05 2015
George

Thank you, dear lamb. The Lord is forever between us. You are beautiful in every way. I love you, too!

5 05 2015
pastordt

Beautiful, beautiful. And Congratulations!!

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thank you, dear Diana. xo

5 05 2015
Larisa Cherepova

Loved your guys’ photos!
Sending happy anniversary blessings from Kazakhstan!

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thanks so much, Larisa! Sending blessings back to you from Texas! xo

5 05 2015
Tatia

What fun to see so many pics of two faces that I LOVE! And, can I just say, how CUTE you both are looking now 🙂 (Love your hair, Jeanne) 36 years – wow!! Thank you for pouring into me so many years ago and for continuing to pour into my life even at such a distance.

Happy Anniversary, you adorable couple! Much love to you 🙂

5 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Tatia! We love you, too! You’ve made any pouring we’ve done a delight. Much love and then some more. xo

6 05 2015
rubaabbassi

You are beautiful inside out. Thanks for sharing your life, I can see God’s hand of blessings over the years. And yes, marriage is fun, laughter, joy but also, heart breaking, weeping and pain. The wonderful thing is the perseverance and being together in all the situations.

Blessings

​Ruba Rihani Abbassi ​Manager and Partner Relations

Arab Woman Today ​ Ministry – ACCTS​

6 05 2015
jeannedamoff

Thanks, Ruba! You are beautiful inside and out as well. Love you, sister. You’re a blessing to me and so many. xo

11 05 2015
D. Farrow

Absolutely awesome Jeanne! Happy Anniversary from Spain!!! 😀

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