Wow, has the summer flown by this year! My wife, Kathy and I have enjoyed many special moments with friends, family and even few on our own. A special trip that we made this summer was to Springfield, MO to visit with Kathy’s family. We did that as a road trip which is something we haven’t done in quite a while. It was rather refreshing to ride across country seeing a lot of familiar sights. One of the common activities of road travel is looking for recognizable milestones along the way.
According to Wikipedia, milestones are constructed to provide reference points along the road. This can be used to reassure travelers that the proper path is being followed, and to indicate either distance traveled or the remaining distance to a destination. Another definition of a milestone is that it can also be an important event, as in a person’s career, the history of a nation, or the advancement of knowledge in a field; a turning point.
It is this latter definition I’d like to reflect on for a moment.
Kathy and I are celebrating two significant milestones in our lives this year. One is a wedding anniversary, and the other is our 25th year in leading Abundant Life Church. On August 23, 2010 we passed the milestone of 35 years of marriage. It truly has gone by so quickly. We’ve created so many wonderful memories and best of all we’re still best friends and lovers. Both are equally important to a healthy marriage, at least in our book. Don’t worry, I’m not writing that book now.
So now you may be wondering, are you doing anything special for your anniversary? The answer is “absolutely”. We’re returning to Belgium where Kathy’s brother Terry lives. Over a decade ago, on our first trip to Belgium we visited a little town called Brugge. Kathy immediately fell in love with this place. It’s a very hospitable medieval city built on canals. It’s often referred to as the Venice of the North. Well, as any savvy husband would do, I proceeded to really like this place too.
First of all, it has water all through the town so you can ride a boat through the most picturesque parts of the city which is very cool. As you may know from my first blog, I’m a big fan of water, boats and any place near them. Secondly, it has a fabulous Market Square with a huge bell tower that rings on the hour, magnificent historic buildings, shopping and lots of fine restaurants and outdoor cafe`s.
One of the greatest lessons Kathy and I have learned in 35 years of marriage is to learn to love what your spouse loves. It is a gift to each other. I believe it is saying, you are so important to me, that I cannot imagine missing out on experiencing the joy this activity brings to you. This is something we do for each other. So, we’ll be spending three nights again in Brugge, while we’re in Belgium in September.
Family connections can be a wonderful thing. Thanks Terry and Ruthanne for hosting us, we’re looking forward to being with you.
I’m posting a 3 minunte youtube video to give you a glimpse of what we enjoy. I hope you enjoy some of the picturesque scenes in this short clip.