These three little pictures represent YEARS of growth. When Dennis and I made the decision to move back to Newton it was a huge move for us. This tree that sits just on the edge of my carport was quiet small then. BUT now, look at it. It represents 20 years of our lives together. There was MUCH Growth in our marriage watching this tree grow. The tree now hovers over the roof and has such a shade spot that hardly any grass will grow beneath it..
The “marker/rock” is something that I gave to Dennis on his birthday many years ago as a “happy”. It says Grow Old with me, the Best is yet to be. Well you can read the words. I remember the day we planted the rock ( for a lack of a better word) right here beneath this tree. This tree is home to many bird feeders and It would supply a little shade some afternoons when we sat out back. Truth is it’s the only tree in my backyard so it’s pretty important. This marker/rock has been covered up by dirt and leaves and other debris through the years but every so often I will go out and sweep it off and think to myself, “growing old with this man is going to be great.”
This morning as I was out playing with my Boxer his ball rolled over to this tree. I went over to pick it up and as I bent down I saw it… the marker/rock. Immediately my heart was heavy but I began vigorously cleaning it off. My Boxer was like, “hey what about me”. I kept brushing it off and I grabbed a stick to clean out the words. As I did that I began to reflect on the day we placed it here . Oh what a happy time that was.
Just about the time I got it all cleaned off I thought to myself, “well this will never happen now” but then I had an almost immediate second thought. I thought, Kathy, truth is, IT ALREADY HAS…. Dennis gave me the BEST 23 years of my life. There is no best to come. It has already COME…. I”m so thankful for that… This marker/rock will remain as a reminder of HOW He gave his all to me and to our family. HE taught me to BE The BEST that I could BE. He always pointed me to the GOOD in everything. He always had my back. He was my rock. Sounds a little cliche since this post is about just that. ( a rock)…
I hope in your lifetime that you have found someone who makes you BETTER and that with them life is SWEETER. I hope that you have someone that you can look at each and every day and say, “Grow Old with me, The Best is Yet to Be.”
John 16:20 “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. ”
Revelation 21:4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”