It is our Silver Wedding today and we are having a quiet dinner together tonight. David’s elderly mother in England had a bad fall yesterday and is having surgery to repair her broken hip today. She broke her pelvis last year also but generally is a very determined feisty woman so we are hoping and praying that her strong will works in her favour now. It has created some issues over the years for me as her daughter in law but hope it will stand her in good stead now. I am concerned though as she apparently fretted for months after her fractured pelvis….lost many stones in weight. On the plus side she is now slimmer and fitter but with that comes fragility. Anyway….my thoughts and prayers are with her and Anne, David’s sister, and family who bear the brunt of this now.
David and I met at church within a year of becoming Christians. We were a little different in some respects as he was converted at a Pentecostal church and I with my Catholic roots was more into quiet awe and worship. Something I needed after years of being an athiest and also having just left a position with an enormously wealthy family for whom I had been a nanny for over two years. During that time the mother suicided and it became increasingly difficult to have any positive impact on the family. It was a difficult time and the church provided a much needed haven then.
The funny thing was I was not looking to meet anyone then and our friendship blossomed and grew, especially after David was hit by a car and hospitalised with no family here to rely on. After he recovered he then had to return to England in the spring after his work permit here ran out and after a few months I went over to England to attend a family wedding during the summer and also to see how our relationship might develop over there where his family and familiars were. We married in September of that year and after going through the migration procedure he migrated to Australia the next year. We brought our son Christopher home on our first wedding anniversary and have been very much a trio ever since. I have been amazed and astounded at my ability to defend and shelter and nurture my family and it has been a great privilege to do so. We have had a lot of challenges with ill health and life circumstances but we are closer because of it. Our relationship may seem strange to some as we do not go out a lot together but we spend a lot of time just being together at home as well as spending a lot of time separately on our own interests. By the way we asked our son to come to dinner with us tonight but he declined!
I took the photo above through the photo frame then I cropped the frame out, so am fairly chuffed with my new found editing skills. Woo hoo… who would have thought I would still be married twenty five years later and editing my own wedding photos….on a computer at that!!