Tomorrow marks our 5th anniversary! The little rubber ducks were a gift from the innkeeper at the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed for our honeymoon. They’re so cute, I couldn’t resist taking their photo to share with you! 🙂 Earlier this week, Brody knew I could use a little encouragement and so he picked up five beautiful roses for me to find when I got home from a long day. We’ve been enjoying them all week! The little box in the shape of a treasure chest was a gift from my Matron of Honor at a wedding shower. She shared a devotional at the shower and gave me a little gift to match each of the points of her encouragement to me. The chest was to remind me that part of being a homemaker was to treasure the good memories of the life God gives us.
Brody and I have had some difficult times in these 5 years, but as my sister-in-law says, “hard” times do not equal “bad” times. She and my brother held their son for 4 hours and 11 minutes after his birth and watched him pass peacefully from their arms to the arms of our Lord. They, my Matron of Honor, Brody and I, all say from experience that the most difficult times are often the sweetest as we grow closer to our godly spouses and closer to our Savior.
I originally designed the 1000 Day Marinade for our 1000th day of marriage, October 1, 2010. That day, I also gave Brody a journal with the title, “So Many Reasons I’m Glad I Married You!” I wanted to write down 1000 reasons, but the idea came to me on Day #990 and so I found it a little difficult to write down 100 reasons each day for those 10 days when Brody wasn’t watching! I ended up with nearly 300 reasons written down when I surprised him with the journal, and I periodically add some more.
Here’s a photo of our 1000 Day Marinade, a Sample Recipe on this site from A Recipe for Survival (pages 144-145). I really enjoy this marinade – it’s filled with a full spectrum of flavor – salty, sour, sweet, spicy…. Kind of like the first 5 years of marriage! 🙂 Actually, I have found that life is full of flavor whether I am married or unmarried… either way, my closest relationship will always be with my Savior, and marriage is simply a part of that relationship. Knowing that my husband loves God first and loves me second is the best part of being married to Brody!
Other yummy dishes rounded out the special meal I prepared to celebrate our 5th year of marriage. The Buttery Biscuits, a Sample Recipe on this site from A Recipe for Survival (page 110), came in the shape of hearts this time, and I enjoy them with Strawberry Topping (page 177). Brody prefers them with butter and honey. I forgot to cook the rice in time for the photo, so it’s not in the picture—the ice cream on the Blueberry Crisp (page 167) was melting and the sun (my favorite source of light for photography) was setting, so I finished the photo shoot without the rice.
The chopped up cauliflower was my failed attempt at making “faux-tatoes” according to the recipe in the book Dr. Pompa has for sale. Brody had successfully made this recipe before, but I didn’t cook the cauliflower long enough. The airborne bits of cauliflower landing around my feet and flying behind the counter when I was trying to use the hand mixer to combine the ingredients indicated that I should have cooked the veggie longer. Next time, I will. But, the green salad with a little chopped tomato and shredded fresh broccoli stalk, topped with our Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (page 154) was tasty. Lightly steamed broccoli always is a welcome part of our meals! Brody was a happy husband when he came home to this meal! Here’s a paraphrase of something Martin Luther said: A husband should live in such a way that his wife is sorry to see him leave in the morning, and she should live in such way that he is glad to come home in the evening! Even with the difficulties we’ve faced together, we are thankful for these 5 years! God’s grace has sustained us through every challenge.
II Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.