Thursday, May 24, 2012

Short Story 1961

May 1961 ~ One month before we would day "I do".  Now 51 years later I look back and I didn't have a clue what the future would bring.  I knew two things for sure.  I was deeply in love, and wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man.

Would you like to see your future?  Really?  I look back now, and if I had been told what laid ahead would I have made the same decision?  Would I have seen tragedy, car accidents, heart attacks, breast cancer, drugs, death.....God is so gracious to let us see one day at a time.  He knows we could never handle the slices of bad and ugly that happen in every life.

Today, I'm still deeply in love with this man and because we have been through so much together, the ups the downs, the trials, we've learned and grown strong.  Because we could not see the future, we could trust in a Good God, to get us through those difficult times...one day at a time.

When my mother was in her last days with cancer, she would listen to Johnny Ray Watson sing "One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus".....but that's another short story for another time.

Thanks for taking a minute or two to hear a short story from my life.

18 comments:

  1. Well said Babe, what a wonderful life even at times when it didn't seem so wonderful, it always was and is with you. Loving you, your dearest

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    1. Can't believe we are going to celebrate 51 years this June.

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  2. Oh Wanda,
    this is going to be great. I'm so excited for you! What a darling photo..and the year I was born! ha. You know, as I read this post I thought of how we would try to manage the future if we knew what it would be. We'd try to take control and make things happen differently...which would probably end in disaster, not to mention not having the need to trust with faith that God knows best. I've never thought of only being able to see the past and present as a gift, but it certainly is. I would have never believed it if I could have see my fist 50 years laid out in front of me. Just as much heartache as joy, which still surprises me to this day. haha.

    Let me know when you're going public and I can add this blog to my sidebar!

    xo

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    1. Betsy...I'm excited too. A new adventure for me, and perhaps another way to save the past for my kids and grandchildren to read when I'm gone. With the exception of our son, Myk none of the others ever go on my blog. I had the year 2009 printed out in Blog2Print as I wanted a record and pictures of my Cancer Journey.
      Thanks so much for your support and how nice to be able to "reply" I put a footnote on my Brushstrokes Blog giving this address...so thanks for adding it to your sidebar.

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  3. Oh boy Wanda, this is going to be a wonderful blog to follow.
    I think it's so important for our kids to know who we are besides "just" being their parents. I think they would sometimes be surprised at what makes us tick.
    Love your picture and the love you have for each other.
    I will be adding this to my sidebar as well.
    Love you
    Sue

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    1. Sue ~ we have a lot in common, and I love to hear the stories from you and Dave. Friday the first, can't come to soon for me.

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  4. I love your new blog already. Sometimes I find mine is more a mishmash of nothing than really a story. And, the really hard things don't typically get posted.

    I am looking forward to reading your story over a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea. Too bad I don't have a laptop. We could sit out on the back porch together.

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    1. Oh Martha...thanks for your encouragement.... I've been really stressed over making these blog and fb changes.

      God has done so much in our lives...good, bad and ugly, I just felt this was better way to express my heart than all my cooking pictures...HaHa

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  5. this is just amazing, I know this is going to be a joy, I am a follower, I lost all my followers and my blog list so I know how important followers are! Thankyou for giving me your address, I'm sorry you are slowing down with the art blog but your writing is art in its self!

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    1. Lauie ~ so glad you are back and we can encourage each other. I will still post art from time to time when I do it...but mostly family is taking most of my time, and I will continue to paint when I am inspired by something...like your paintings, dear friend.

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  6. "God is so gracious to let us see one day at a time. He knows we could never handle the slices of bad and ugly that happen in every life."

    Wanda mom... this is so true! I had an 'ah-ha' moment when my dad passed away and was experiencing all the stages of greif; how gracious, caring, and loving our God IS. My trust in Him poured over my cup that day; I'll never forget that pivotal moment. It would break us if we got it all at one time. No - one. day. at. a. time. so we can learn and grow, stronger in Him and with one another.

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You two are such an inspiration for me. Thank you! :)

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    1. I'm so God touched you in that moment, when many of us at church failed you. We all live with regrets and I only wish I would have reached out more often. But, as you said, God never fails us.

      So glad we are back to being blogging buddies.
      Sending love, Wanda Mom

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    2. Is that Myk?! (: What a resemblance!

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    3. Wow, no one has ever said Myk looks like his Dad. I think you're right!!!

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  7. Congratulations on staying together through it all. Had I looked ahead ...would Mike and I chose to have done 41 years and all the trials we have been through...who knows. But one day at a time with faith in a higher power, it gets done.

    Love the photo.

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  8. So true Sandy.... Have a friend who sings a song..."Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery...today is the Present...a gift of God's grace" I like that!

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  9. "we've learned and grown strong"

    Yes.. the secret sauce of life for sure.

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  10. And I thought only Mac Donalds had secreat sauce!!! Love that Bob...Thanks.

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