Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Friday, September 25, 2009

25 Years of Wedded Bliss!


I haven't been around much this month! I'm sorry! I haven't done any wonderful projects to share with you all! I've been working alot at Curves, started selling Avon!, my sister from Fresno, Ca has been visiting and the DH and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary! And I can say with great pride that "DH" stands for "Dear Husband!" and not "dumb husband"! LOL! I took the week off from work because he had wanted us to go back to Florida where we went for our honeymoon. From previous experience last spring for my birthday we were not inclined to leave the house in the hands of our 21 and 17 year old boys! So we planned to go out to dinner as we do every anniversary. I've been worked up about this anniversary! I wanted it to be special! Special dress, manicure, pedicure, jewelry...I worked myself up into a tizzy! Did I expect a gift? No, I really didn't. He's never done that for an anniversary before...but then again?!? It is our 25th! Yes, I admit here, to you all, that this lady was feeling quite sorry for herself the morning of the 22nd on our anniversary. A friend of mine works at a very nice local jewelry shop and she had picked out some pieces she knew I would love. I even went by there and tried on the ring. It was a sterling band with 18k gold filagree overlay and a beautiful faceted amethyst and 2 little pink sapphires! Very vintage looking! It fit perfectly. "you can try, but he's never given me an anniversary gift like this," I told her. As I was indulging in a pity party that morning I told myself this was ridiculous! Laura, you have a blessed life! I needed to turn to the Lord that morning to get myself back into perspective! I have to share the scripture message: "My life makes its boast in the Lord. ~Psalm 34:2 "Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Understand who you are in Jesus Christ. You are more than capable in Him." In other words, He has given me everything I need to do and to live as I should...flowers, rings, these things are not what I should be seeking to make me happy! You'd think I was 10 years old and not 49! I immediately felt strength and peace and happiness with what I have! That night I came downstairs decked out and ready to go out to dinner with my wonderful DH (dear husband) and of course asked him the proverbial "How do I look?" Wonderful he says, "but something's missing" WHAT! ...then he hands me a small wrapped package! Good things do come in small packages! He got me the ring! I ate humble pie for dinner that night! I cried! I told him how special he made me feel! Did I need the ring to make me happy? No, by that time I had learned my lesson. But, as I've tried to explain to my husband...it is the thought that counts! What I truly needed was the thought and not the ring. Here's to the next 25! (But don't get the idea I'm returning the ring! After all, it does fit perfectly! LOL!)

19 comments:

  1. I am SO glad to see you back and Happy Anniversary!!! That is a huge milestone. You look so beautiful and DH is a "darling husband" :) I want to see that ring!!! I have been missing you!

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  2. Welcome back! Happy Anniversary!! What a great picture. Sounds like you have been busy, and I know you must have really enjoyed having your Sister visit. Yep - know what you mean about leaving the kids in charge,:)
    Have a great weekend - looks like we may see some sunshine in another day or two.

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  3. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Girl...and might I say a very special one at that 25 years...and on top of all of that a ring...DH can't be very sweet some times...My late DH was always giving me wonderful presents...I would get flowers if he went to the store and You know want after he died I found things he had hid in bages in the closet with cards to still give me...to this day I have yet to open those cards or take the things out of the bags sighs...I hope you have a great weekend...now show us the ring girl....Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful anniversary! We are so blessed to have such wonderful loving husbands. I almost gasped when you wrote about DH- I had never imagined it meant dumb husband- I always told people it meant darling hubby.

    And yes, we want to see the ring- it looks unanimous!

    blessings
    mary

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  5. Happy 25th Anniversary, LauraLu! You are truly blessed to have a wonderful husband and a wonderful life!...Christine

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  6. Belated happy anniversary Lauralu. Congratulations! You look "hot" in that red dress, and your DH is lookin' handsome too! How neat that he got you the ring. I wish you had held up your hand in the picture. Did you make that neclace you are wearing? It's gorgeous. laurie

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  7. Happy anniversary Lauralu! You sure look gorgeous and what a nice couple you and your hubby make. I love your necklace and your story is very sweet..your ring sounds beautiful. So nice to see a post from you! Love, Cindy

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  8. welcome home!!! to blogland anyway...lol
    happy anniversary...and I hope life slows down so we get to see you sometimes! have missed you!

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  9. Happy late anniversary, Aunt Laura! I don't know why I didn't see this post in my followed blogs. It's been crazy busy around here but I guess you know that we did get to spend some time with Janet and your mom. After dinner Grandmother took Kiddo out around the apartments, just him and her. It was so sweet! I'm planning on putting monthly visits on my calendar so the days don't get away from us!

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  10. Hi Lauralu- coming by to say "hi"! Wondering how you have been lately.

    Was gone for 2 days taking a friend up to the hospital for surgery. We spent the night as she had to be there at 5:30 am. What is it about being gone from one's home but I hardly ever sleep when I am away from home! She did fine and I'm now home and ready for my comfy bed!

    We have been hoping to start Sunday services in the little town where we do our bread distribution and Chat and Coffee time. We keep running into delays but I think this Sunday we will really have our first service!! Would always appreciate prayers concerning this!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  13. Hi, Laura. I see you are from Memphis area, too. I found your blog through Susan's. I was reading your previous posts when I came upon a picture of a friend, Teresa P. in your fashion show post. Small world isn't it.
    Sheila

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  14. I am missing you Laura lu friend!! I am sure you are busy busy and now with the holidays coming up- we all will be so much more busy. I am praying for stress free holidays this year. Bill's mom has cancer and going thru treatments so we will be traveling out to Phoenix with Turkey and all the fixings as I want to make them the dinner this year (she can't cook very well anyways!!! LOL)
    Had our 3rd service last week and we are blessed at lives that seem to be touched by the Spirit as we come and share The Good News of Christ!

    blessings
    mary

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  17. I KNOW I left a comment on this post, but I don't see it. That may have been when I was having trouble with comments. I thought they were posting, and they weren't. You and your husband are so good looking. Of course, I knew you were, but that is a wonderful picture of the two of you. I was so glad to see your message over on my blog. I head read on Glenda's blog that y'all had gone to the jewelry show. I know you must have had a great time! Missing you in Blogville. Show us some of that jewelry you've been working on! We need to plan another meeting on Poplar! Love ya, laurie

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  18. Hello Dearheart...

    I was just elated to find your sweet note, Darlin'!!! It is sooo good hearing from you and that you are doing well! I am doing just fine...keeping busy piddling around on all of my little projects! Hehe! Girl, I certainly understand about life getting in the way of blogging...hehe! Oh and I too am having a difficult time finding things to blog about! My life is pretty simple and quiet...or as some might put it...dull! Hehe! But it's just the way I like it!!! Peaceful and quiet!!!

    I am looking forward to you getting back into blogging mode again, my friend! I've missed you so much and have missed all of your creativity and talent!!! You always inspire me!!!

    Love you, Darlin'!
    Chari

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Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)