Monday, July 11, 2016

21 Blessed Years

Today my husband and I celebrate 21 years of life together.   I have officially now spent over half of my life with this amazing man!


To celebrate together, we chose to do something simple - can you guess what it was?


If you guessed anything with "mountains"... you are correct!


Since both of us love these mountains so much... we escaped for the day and explored the back roads of the mountain together.


It didn't cost us a penny... at least not more than the little bit of fuel we used... and being frugal is something we both enjoy doing!  We ate a large breakfast before we left and enjoyed some light snacks during the day, and we were back in time to enjoy dinner with our kids.


We found an old mountain road that winded for many miles up the side of the mountain with lots of little logging roads branching off, and we drove down quite a few of those roads too.


The expansive vistas that were afforded to us were magnificent... a true feast for the eyes, heart and soul!


We felt as though we were on vacation again, but in reality, we could see from this vista almost into our own backyard!


The wildflowers were out in an abundant display of glory, waving their pretty heads in the gentle breezes.


As I watched the wildflowers swaying to their own secret windswept song, they made me think of this Psalm:

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 
For he knoweth our frame: he remembereth that we are dust.  
As for man, his days are as grass, as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  
For the wind passeth over it and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more.  
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him 
and his righteousness unto the children's children 
to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  ... 
Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion, 
Bless the Lord, O my soul.  
Psalms 103:13-18, 22


Bless the Lord O My Soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Psalms 103:1



Oh the fun we had, just enjoying being together... 21 wonderful years the Lord has blessed us with, and the years keep getting better and better.   We have learned to let go of so many things, and hold onto things that are really important.  Our family, sweet times spent together, special memories... these are the things that make up the fabric of our lives, and the Lord is the glue in the midst of it all, the binding together of our lives and our love.


What joy it is to know that we don't have to live life on the "fast track" to enjoy and share our time together.  We could have taken some fancy vacation, went on a cruise or flown to some exotic place... but none of those things appeal to us.  Simple, sweet, and lots of love mixed in with the joy of the Lord, and surrounded by the most beautiful scenery you could ask for... today we had it all.... right in our own backyard :)



The berries were out in abundance!  Wild strawberries were growing everywhere!  We sat down in the middle of the patch and just munched away {smiles}


More wildflowers... their swaying songs were silent, but I thought I could hear their melody in my heart... bless the Lord... Bless the Lord... BLESS the Lord... BLESS THE LORD!



Pink, yellow, blue, red... whatever your fancy... there was an abundance of color everywhere!


And oh!  The huckleberries!  We found them in abundance too!  Tangy sweet berries, firmer than blueberries, oh what delight - we found a patch that stretched as far as the eyes could see!  We were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the huckleberry patches we found.  Our teeth and fingers were stained, yes even our clothes, lol... as we sat down and picked berries to our heart's content.


We happened to have a container to put the berries in, and together we were able to pick about a gallon of these amazing berries!


While we were up there on the mountain, it seemed as if all the troubles in the world around us were far far far away... we didn't want to leave!


Of course, the reality is... you can't stay forever on the mountains... the valley does await.


But the memories we had of our day spent together will forever be cherished as gloriously special... and they didn't cost us a dime :)

Happy Anniversary my beloved... I love you to the moon mountains and back!

34 comments:

  1. Sounds like the perfect anniversary to me! Here's to many, many more! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Kim! It was a perfect day, and we are blessed :)

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  2. Marilyn, such gorgeous pictures. Happy happy anniversary to you and your husband. And... it's my wedding anniversary too! I didn't post about it yet - I did post a pic of the grandchildren though. ♥

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    1. What a coincidence that we both share the same date for our anniversaries! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband too! Hope your day was blessed and special :)

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  3. Happy, happy anniversary to the two of you! I trust God will bless you with many more years together and that you will make many more precious memories! I am so glad you had such a wonderful day enjoying one another's company. Sending you much love and many blessings!!

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    1. Thank you dear friend! It was a very special day, and we are blessed to have so many wonderful years together. Appreciate your love and sweet words, praying for your dear family today! Love and hugs!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! I love how God just blessed your socks off with the alpine strawberries and all those huckleberries. :) Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day together. :)

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    1. I love how you said "blessed our socks off" lol... yes indeed, we were so blessed in every way! Appreciate your visit and kind words!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! I love how God just blessed your socks off with the alpine strawberries and all those huckleberries. :) Sounds like the perfect way to spend the day together. :)

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  6. Indeed, who could ask for anything more than spending your anniversary walking in that beautiful back yard of yours, spending precious time with the man you love, picking berries and drinking in all of God's glory before you. Sounds magically blissful to me. Happy Anniversary!.

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    1. It was an amazing day, thank you for your wonderful words, we are indeed so very blessed, the simple joys of life are the best! Hugs to you today :)

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! My hubby and I will be married 20 years in January and every summer, we pack up our camper and head to the mountains for much needed quiet time. Lots of walks, fishing and exploring. We don't like anything fancy either! Keeping it simple is always best!
    Loved your pictures! I'm sure they don't do justice as you were trying to capture the moments. :)
    Hugs, Amy

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    1. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our years together, and I love that you and your husband enjoy doing the same thing together to celebrate! Simple really is best! It is amazing how fast the years pass, isn't it! And no, pictures never do the scenery we see with our eyes justice, the cameras just aren't able to pick up the joy in our hearts that we feel as we witness the beauty around us :) Have a blessed day Amy :)

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate! My hubby and I will be married 20 years in January and every summer, we pack up our camper and head to the mountains for much needed quiet time. Lots of walks, fishing and exploring. We don't like anything fancy either! Keeping it simple is always best!
    Loved your pictures! I'm sure they don't do justice as you were trying to capture the moments. :)
    Hugs, Amy

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  9. Happy, Happy Anniversary!!! Wishes for many more, friend...we will celebrate 28 years in December...where have the years gone?

    Beautiful photos...smiles

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    1. Thank you Linda... congratulations on your 28 years... indeed we always have to wonder where the years go!!! Hugs to you today :)

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  10. The happiest of days to you and your husband...may Our Lord continue to bless you with many more happy years :o) mari

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    1. Thank you Mari... I appreciate your kind words so much, and hugs to you today!

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  11. Happy Anniversary!

    What lovely pictures and scripture verses.

    Lord willing, this Thursday we too plan on taking a day trip to the mountains - our yearly hike. Hopefully we will not be too late to enjoy the flowers; they are not so abundant when the weather gets too warm. However, there is usually snow up there even in June, so we might not be too late.

    :)Hope

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    1. Dear Hope, I hope you had a marvelous time in the mountains, how fun to go on a yearly hike! Appreciate your sweet words, and pray that the Lord blesses you today :)

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  12. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pictures, great post.

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    1. Thank you Lori... it was a wonderful day, appreciate your kind words! Hugs to you today!

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  13. Hello, So glad you both had a very lovely and special day and you both know what is important! I have missed you I hope you are enjoying it all and keeping heallthy and happy!
    Sending a HUG... Roxy xo

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    1. I've missed you too Roxy! Summer is such a busy time, isn't it, but good! It was a very special day, we are so blessed, and appreciate your kind words. Blessings and hugs to you my friend!

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  14. Sweet, sweet friend, Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! What a blessing to celebrate 21 years together! And my, what a delightful day the two of you had. Time spent in the mountains is always a joyous time {{smiles}}

    Have a happy and beautiful day! Love and hugs!

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    1. Time in the mountains is always a blessing! I agree :) Thank you for your sweet words! Appreciate your visits as always, and trust that the Lord's blessings are with you today :)

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  15. Ahhh Happy Anniversary. That is my kind of trip, I love country roads, Mtns, and wildflowers. Good to see couples staying together for the long haul. God Bless you two with many more years.

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    1. I agree with you... just a lowkey simple and very special time we had, and you can't go wrong with country roads, mountains and wildflowers! Appreciate you and your kind words, and praying the blessings of the Lord are with you today :)

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  16. Aw! What a great way to celebrate! I feel sure you made/make God's heart very glad!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much, your kind words are so appreciated! Have a blessed day my friend :)

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  17. Happy Anniversary....we would choose to spend the day in the same way.
    I love how you wrote about your day.
    xx oo
    Huckleberries...yummy, I had them for the first time in Montana.
    What will you do with yours?
    Carla

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    1. Indeed Carla, spending a day in the mountains for a special occasion is just about the best :) Huckleberries are a favorite of ours. They only grow in high altitudes and cannot be grown outside of the wild. I usually freeze my huckleberries and use them in cobblers, pancakes, muffins and so on. Appreciate your visit my friend :)

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  18. Happy and Blessed Anniversary, sweet friend!
    I believe you chose a most beautiful way to spend your day together, and the way you shared your day with your words and photo's was beautiful, just beautiful.

    May the Lord grant you with many more wonderful years together.

    Love and blessings~~

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  19. Congradulations! May you be blessed with many more beautiful years together. This was such a lovely post- pictures and words.

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