33 Years and Counting

My parents have been married for 33 years. 1979 the story began for them. I look at their younger photos and wonder if they knew they were the right people for each other. Maybe they didnt even think of that. I hear of stories of some hard times. My mom was pregnant at age 26 and my dad was still in to partying with his friends. My mom than gave her heart to Jesus and asked God for help. My dad loved my mom so much he didn’t wanna lose her. He said he knew he had to make a decision so he asked her to marry him on  Jan 1, 1979. Seven days later they were at the local chapel saying their vowels.

From that point on it wasn’t “They Lived Happily Ever After” , but “They Worked Hard Ever After.” It wasn’t until their second child, my sister Sarah, did my dad gave his heart to Christ. From that moment on he was sold out, gave up drinking, partying, and even lost many of his friends because of his decision.  By the time I came around in 1983 my parents were deep in love with God, loved  going to church and enjoyed helping people.

My dad told my mom last night, ‘It feels like we are still dating and I’m trying to get you to marry me.” My mom answered him, “I always wanna be near you even if we aren’t doing anything.” I sat there watching the love between two people who I call my parents. I sometimes take their love for each other for granted. Their love for each other is such a matter of fact to me. But how I am thankful that they both gave their lives to Christ. I grew up in a peaceful home never seeing them fight or hate each other. I know its because of God’s love that they are able to still be in love 33 years later.

Author: Moniemuse

Video Editor & Media Department Director

2 thoughts on “33 Years and Counting”

  1. That’s a really great story. I believe it’s in each of us, to change our priorities/responsibilities for the good, even if it comes later than sooner. Not only for ourselves, but for the people we love. It’s apparent in the photo above that your parents love each other very much. As often as I remind myself not to take things for granted, we’re often blinded by our daily rituals, and more unknowingly oversee the little things that we’ve grown accustomed to in our lives. But understanding how much hard work both of your parents put into their marriage, realizing that they provided a happy home for their children, let alone acknowledging it…you’ve honored your parents more than most.

    Kel

    1. I still sit back and watch my parents interact. I laugh when they tease each other but I’ve also been able to see how they handle situations with one another. Ive watched the way my mom deals with marriage situations and know its because of her faith in God that they are still counting the years together. She is bold woman, who communicates her feelings to my dad, prays for him when he is at work, and encourages him when he is down. She fought the battle in the early years alone when my dad just wanted to party with his friends. It wasn’t until I was born that his heart began to change. He gave his heart to God 1982 and began to be there for the family. They have been working together on having a happy marriage ever since. “They lived happy ever after because they worked hard at it.” 🙂 I am deeply grateful.

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