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On Wednesday, Rob and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. We spent the day doing things we enjoy doing together – eating, walking around our beautiful city, taking photos in the Botanic Gardens, eating some more, lying on the grass in the spring sunshine enjoying the breeze and one another’s company.

A lot can change in twenty years. Hairlines recede. Waistlines expand. Experience broadens. Thinking matures. Tastes evolve. Jobs come and go. Parenting stretches us. Friendships deepen or drift apart. Babies enter our lives. Loved ones pass away. Habits become entrenched. New habits emerge. Seasons leave their mark. Sorrows multiply. Joys abound.

Looking back over 20 years of marriage to the best man I know, I’m awestruck that, although so much has changed, some things are the same. When we married, we didn’t own a computer. I never imagined that one day both of us would work on computers every day. We didn’t have email addresses, or mobile phones, let alone Facebook accounts, or online banking, transport ticketing, medical appointment booking, utility billing… The joys and struggles of parenting were all ahead of us. Now our first is completing his final exams. I tried to list all the jobs we’ve had between us over 20 years and lost count. Ditto for houses we’ve lived in. Our family has grown as we’ve welcomed new members, but we’ve also had to farewell many dear to our hearts.

Despite all these changes, there are things that have always been. My hubby is still the love of my life. He enriches me every day, bears with my weaknesses and failings and continues to delight me with his steadfast commitment, servant-heartedness, sense of humour and cheerful good nature. Our faith is a constant joy and challenge. The legacy of our families lives on in the way we relate to one another and our children. Some dear friends have seen us through all the ups and downs of life and remain as encouragers and companions on our way, if sometimes from a distance. Music, books and words still delight us. As I write, my son is jamming on the piano. No doubt when his sister gets home, she’ll join him on the bass or guitar. I love that they happily play together!

The details of our everyday life may be different, but the important things haven’t changed. I love that I get to record the details that change and the important things that don’t. For me, telling our story in scrapbooks is a way of celebrating all that we have and cherish, dealing with losses and griefs, expressing our thoughts and feelings about life, and passing on to our children’s future children a little something of their history and heritage. Can I encourage you to join me in this?

Content used on sample page: #p2PSpinItC229. JumpStart Designs Sweet Pea & Me Bundled Collection. Little Feet Digital Designs Uplifting Frames and Overlays Series 1. Font: Dobkin Script.

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14 Responses to Blog: The more things change…

  1. Rebecca says:

    Happy Anniversary! This beautifully written post has inspired me to notice the wonderful blessings in my life and to be grateful for them. Thank you!

  2. Kaye Rhodes says:

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing this beautifully written reflection.

  3. Deanna Emmert says:

    Happy, Blessed Anniversary to the both of you! Beautiful post, Alison! 🙂

  4. Asmaan says:

    Beautiful!!….Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  5. Anita Albritton says:

    So beautifully written!!! Happy, Happy Anniversary to you both! <3

  6. adakallen adakallen says:

    I read your blog and reflected on a conversation this morning…

    I volunteer at times in the church office. Last Friday I was volunteering and I realized that all the paid staff was extremely stressed trying to get ready for a major even on Sunday. Today when I was there I found out that due to some equipment failure they ended up doing some things the old fashioned cut-paste way. We had a big laugh and agreed that even though we are grateful for changes that have occurred we are also grateful that we remember how do do things the old fashioned way. LOL!!!

  7. debbie says:

    Beautiful. You’ve verbalized so well why I scrapbook. Happy anniversary

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