7 Hows for 7 Years
AN ANNIVERSARY LETTER
Its been seven years, Darling. But none of us can still can guess, ever, what God is going to do next. He is an amazing God to me, to you, and to this marriage. All honor and glory to Him who started this love story, and will carry it to completion.
1 From Two to One
How could we have afforded such a glorious wedding?
2 From Tamaraw to Fortuner
How could we have updated our cars?
3 From Two to Three
How could we have deserved such a wonderful child?
4 From Renting to Owning a home
For all our rookie mistakes, wow could we continue to live and love and laugh and not lack?
5 From Manila to the Ends of the Earth
How did we find the time and resources to go on all these trips?
6 From Health to Sickness and Health again
How many hospital visits have we gone through? From birth to miscarriage to anemia to shingles to dengue?
7 From Seven to Forever
How can I grow old without you?
When we got married, you had not much money in the bank. You ate boiled eggs at the cafeteria just so you could save the few pesos you had. You drove me around in your Tamaraw FX and I was completely fine about selling my van so we could buy a parking space for this beat-up car. We waited to buy a good mattress. It took a while before we found a nice dining table via charity. It took tremendous faith to have our first home renovated. We even had to celebrate the day when our first ever, and most awaited, airconditioning units, were installed.
Many of those times I would lie awake at night thinking to sell my jewelry, just in case ends don’t meet, but somehow they always do. And we even found ourselves growing, enlarging our territories, expanding visions, strengthening stakes, increasing faith, through it all.
Now we drive an updated car. We can afford to buy a house in a gated village. We can keep help at home and ask them to cook us nice things— definitely a lot nicer and little more varied than simply fried or scrambled or boiled or poached egg. It sure is a lot different today than seven years ago but I did notice that one thing remains the same.
As we both have prayed and believed on the day we were going to marry, this verse continues to prove itself true and alive in our marriage:
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— (1 Corinthians 2:9)
I love you. I loved the seven years. And will continue to love the rest of my married life with you.
Indeed, God works in mysterious ways if we keep on trusting and obeying Him no matter what. May God bless your marriage more in that may you continue to be a blessing to others.
Thank you for sharing the love and wisdom that blesses you and your beautiful family. God has given you a gift that cannot be measured with words, as you have a way of teaching that is rare.
Your view of the world is insightful and filled with Gods grace.
God bless to you and your entire family and community.
wow. I love this post. I never thought you would celebrate those moments cause I thought it was easier for you to have those things because of your life status. Anyway, I’m still far from married life but many times I asked myself how my parents afforded the things we have now. I’m into managing financial matters. I just love budgeting and saving. When my mom told me they had no savings when they got married, I was completely shock. My views for starting a marriage is a bank account with money ready for raising a family (house/lot, appliances, pregnancy, insurance, etc) Though I still plan and pray for that matter, I’m so happy for my parents to pull it off. Not my thing but they loan for everything. Slowly, our house and education upgraded. I’m thankful though we don’t live a grand life, it’s surely the most comfortable and fanciest for me. It teaches me to live with humility and to dream bigger goals. God is the best provider.
I am deeply blessed with this post, Mrs. Bo. You are a blessing to us! <3