So there are some of you who are probably tired of our little virtual “partay”–but HEY! 40 years is a long history together and we are thrilled to have made it this far! So our celebration continues through the actual anniversary December 22nd.
We were just thinking that 40 years ago on this day… stepping back four decades… count them… 1, 2 ,3, 4… we spent the entire wedding week in mid term finals at Howard Payne College (at the time). So, on this Friday in 1973 we took two finals each on Friday morning, drove four hours or so to Bertram, met briefly with our Pastor, Don Henderson, and survived rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (including both families and a few dear friends from school and church and pre-wedding jitters). At the time we didn’t really think about how this celebration would affect our Christmas time so many years ago and how it continues to do so to this day!
Then Saturday was the “big day” and we did not see each other until the ceremony… it was truly a magical and memorable day for us! The main struggle was that on this weekend in 1973 the US Government officially began to “ration” gasoline, so we could not travel very far until Monday! We were fairly creative as we headed to Ranger, Texas where Alan served as Music/Youth Minister at First Baptist.
But don’t despair… we saved up and took a honeymoon to Denver in the summer… and loved it! Actually, we are kind of surprised that we could remember some of these details! Seriously, at our age, oh, how we miss our minds!!! Ha!
We are continuing with our 40 year saga of Marriage and Ministry! It would be really fun to have you ALL here to celebrate with us, but since that is not feasible… let’s just continue our “virtual” party! It really doesn’t seem possible that we have been together happily for that many years! We don’t even feel that old most days, but other days we feel a LOT older! It’s just life!
Don’t get us wrong… marriage is a LOT of work for both of us–definitely NOT a 50/50 prospect, but a 110/110 relationship! For that matter, ministry also takes much effort and energy, if we are honest about it. But in reality the old adage seems to be very, very true: In a good marriage sorrow is divided and joy is multiplied! We know every marriage is different, but we have from the beginning been a team… a sacred partnership between the two of us and our Heavenly Father. Have we ever had difficult days? More than we can count. Have we been content with one another in spite of those difficult days? Every moment as we walk with one another and with our Lord… and never forgetting: “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
Of course we celebrate many gifts throughout these 40 years–the greatest being our beautiful daughters: Alana and Alisha. It only seems like yesterday (no, really) that they were cuddled in our arms, creatively eating spaghetti in the high chair, rocking in the rocking chair, reading a book or singing a song… but those days are far behind us now. Then in 2011 the Lord gifted us with our first son, Abdul Seruyange, husband to Alisha and papa to our first grandbaby (and now soon to be second grandbaby!) So, we look forward to spending time doing the same things next month with our first granddaughter: Micaiah Malin Damron Seruyange! What exquisite joy and blessing! Other than our assurance of salvation through the Lord Jesus and our commitment to one another in marriage and ministry, these precious ones are our most treasured gifts. As many of you know, all our family members are special gifts to us: Damron, Barton, Smith, McGee, Jordan, & Scarborough clans, as well as our ever beloved brothers and sisters in Christ through these 40 years from Alabama to Texas to Montana. HOW WE WILL EVER THANK THE LORD FOR YOU ALL! Our hearts are blessed and absolutely overflowing…