August 20, 2012

36th Wedding Anniversary

Today Lena and I have been married for 36 years. It seems like yesterday that I got up early in the morning to get my hair cut and styled (big deal back then), picked up the tuxedos and wedding flowers. We washed and decorated the vehicles which would carry the wedding party, and packed our suitcases in the car for the honeymoon after the wedding. After one night in a fancy hotel, we headed up 'north' for a week in a cottage (a gift from the maid of honour's family). Ever since then we cottaged up north for a week or two every summer for 36 years. Yes, we went fishing on our honeymoon, and I hate to admit it, but Lena caught the biggest fish. 

The Lord has given us four wonderful children (Benjamin George died at 5 months), and 10 grandchildren, with the 11th on the way coming November. My son, sons-in-law, and grandsons have all been infected with the love for fishing bug. Sorry about that girls. 

I didn't expect to survive to our 36th year of marriage, but the Lord only knows the timetable. I love you Lane. Thanks for being my nurse and for denying yourself and for standing by me through the good and the bad times.



  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! What a blessing you are to each other and a wonderful example to all of us. We pray for you daily.

    Chris & Anneke

  2. Congratulations to both of you. Last week we were married 35 years. We looked to the future through rose coloured glasses. God has been good and been an anchor in the storms of life. You have been such a testament of that.

  3. Congratulations to both of you. Yes, we have a wonderful God. "For His thoughts are not our thoughts and neither are our ways His ways" (Isaiah 55:8)

  4. Congratulations beste neef en nicht van de Groningse Westerink-branch. In gebed verbonden, Bert

  5. God's richest blessings to you both! We don't know what the future holds but we know Who holds the future. We have been married almost 22 years. We have many goals, ambitions and plans but God is control. Your blog is a blessing. Thanks.