Monday, December 15, 2008

18 Years and Still Going Strong

18 years of marriage that is. I married Michael D. Engel 18 years ago today. I still cannot believe it has been that long. That is an adult life....I could be the mom of an adult (that is a huge thought when your oldest is only 7).....I feel quite old right now. Not really! Age is relative anyway. So, on December 15, 1990 I vowed to love and to cherish this man who is still my very best friend. I feel immensely blessed that the Lord saved this treasure of a man for me. We met in September of 1989, started dating in February of 1990, engaged June of 1990 and married December 1990. Whew...but other than accepting Christ as my Savior, it was the best decision I have ever made. We were married at my home church in Pennington NJ. It was beautifully decorated already with Christmas wreaths, white lights and poinsettias. My photographer had said that I was the most calm bride he had ever shot. Indeed I was calm, this was an easy "I do" for me. Michael had been everything I had ever dreamed a husband would be. He loved the Lord with all of his heart, he loved his family, and he honored me with every word he had ever spoken to me or about me. In those important things, he has not changed one bit. He still tells me that asking me to marry him was the one thing he knows he did absolutely right.

We have weathered many storms together, that have indeed brought us closer together. He was there for me when my father died, he even helped care for him during his last hours. We traveled the road of infertility for 10 long years. My husband endured tests, and was a champ at administering shots for 6 of those years. He worked full time and put us both though the remaining years of college. He cried and held me through the loss of 14 babies to heaven as we endured miscarriage after miscarriage and failed procedure after failed procedure. He wept and prayed for my recovery as I almost died giving birth to my twins. He cared for those babies while I was in and out of a coma for 4 days in the hospital. He has remained my rock on this earth and has always been the one to rescue me whenever I am in need of rescuing. He has been an amazing, hands on father, teaching my boys love and life. He is one of the most humble people I have ever met. He is so intelligent, so strong in his faith and convictions, so forgiving, so loving, so mine!

On December 12th we celebrated by double dating with another couple. Two of our dearest friends in Florida...Don and Linda Bradley. We were so honored that they would say yes to celebrating with us. It is such a gift from God to be able to find friends (couples) that click in every way with you (you know how it is...not only are the wives great friends, but the husband are as well...that is pretty special). The Bradleys have become like family to us. We couldn't imagine enjoying such an important event without them. We had such a great time together. Here we are at Bubba Gumps.

So, I look forward to the rest of our lives together. Growing old (or older), raising our boys, enjoying each others company until Jesus takes us home. Ask any of my girl friends and they will tell you, no one compares to Mike Engel. Thank you Lord for gifting me with this priceless treasure of a man whom I have the honor of calling my husband. Thank you that he shines Your light and love to all who meet him. Thank you Lord for loving me so much that you would cause such a union. I pray that you would bless my husband. Continue to mold him and make him into the man you have called him to be. I pray that he would prosper in every good work Lord and that you would open the floodgates of heaven and pour out your blessing upon him in Christ Jesus. Thank you Lord for your clear definition of love: Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast, love is not proud, love is not rude, love always trusts, love always never fails.


Barclay 5 said...

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. E! I love how much you love.

Mike is indeed a fabulous husband. I am so thankful God has blessed you with a great and perfectly matched partner.

Lisa, you are a beautiful and adoring wife. A fine example to those who come behind you.

Love you both so much! Hugs and kisses from NJ.

Tracy ox

Momma-of-5 said...

Congrats, ya' old married couple! =) I can't believe it's been 18 years. We just celebrated 11 and we watched our wedding video. Some of it was a little sad, but there's a clip of you and Mike in the "Sunday School Hall" that had us ROLLING! Mike was saying how he had nothing to say...marraige is horrible...we'll hate it...etc etc. And you were APPALLED that he'd even joke. Your voice got all highpitched and you kept saying, "that's not true...michael...tell them that's not true...we love you...we love marraige...we're happy for you...MICHAEL!!!" He got this little makes me giggle just thinking about it! Even then, you can see how much you love each other.

Michelle said...

Yippy! God is good!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! Tears again...

We reached 17 years on Sunday 14 Des. Nearly an adult life.

May you grow old together

Amanda said...

Loved this post. How sweet, loving and encouraging. Mike is so special just like you. Love you

the andrews

Marisa said...

Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful tribute to your husband! What a blessing to have such a great marriage!

Monica Kaye said...

I am just catching up with you and yours and love this post. Isn't God so good to give us the gift of marriage? Praying many more years of love and growing together in grace. I hope your celebration of Christmas was wonderful and look forward to sharing in your new year! Always because of Him, Monica