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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Day in Paradise

Hello my friends!  
When I turned on the radio this morning I heard the commentator say "Welcome to another day in Paradise."  They were referring to the weather, today is another gorgeous sunny day.  Yesterday the temps were in the 80's,and they will be in the 80's again today.

Today is my 21st wedding anniversary.  


I tried on my wedding dress this morning and I was able to get it on and take a few photographs.  Last year at this time I would not have been able to fit it, but I lost 10 lbs. this Spring and Summer and it fits! 
I love the lace detailing on the front, back and the cuffs.


So sorry for the blurred images, but I wanted you to see the pretty pleats on it.


I was one very happy girl the first time that I wore this.  I had been divorced for three years with two children, and I was working seven days a week just to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads.
I met Ray at our church camp.  I was very impressed with his kind demeanor and his gentle ways.  You see, previously I had been married to a very abusive, and totally selfish man.  I had asked God to allow me to find and marry a man who was the opposite to that man in every way.  When Ray asked me to marry him, I was over the moon with happiness.  He is truly the man that I prayed that God would send me.
Our first seven years of marriage were very traumatic.  We lost all four of our parents to disease, we struggled to put a blended family together and never did accomplish it.  He had two children and I had two, also.
Ray struggled with his health, he was unable to work at all most of those years due to fibermyalgia and cfs and several other things happened that kept life very unsettled.  Needless to say we spent those years grief stricken and hurting.
Lastly, my daughter, who lived with us, came down with cancer and we struggled to keep her alive for those many months of treatment and recovery.  Once she had completely recovered, life finally settled down.  Things have been pretty settled since then and we are so grateful!
Through it all God was by our side, strengthening us, encouraging us and sometimes carrying us.  
I learned that God will stay by our side if we allow Him to and He will prove His love to us again and again if we will allow Him to.  God has brought complete healing to my emotions and troubled soul.  It took a few years, but I feel whole today, thanks to my wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ.





God has given me a wonderful, kind and gentle husband and my heart is filled to overflowing with gratitude today.


~Wishing You Much Love In Your Heart...Sweet Peace In Your Soul...And  Joy In Your Life ~ 
~Always~ 







52 comments:

Ana said...

Happy Anniversary Cindy!

Thank you for sharing such a personal part of you and your life my dear friend. May the Lord continue to bless you, your hubby and your family, always! Wishing you a beautiful day.

Much love to you,
♥Ana

Ana said...

Oh and I forgot to tell you how beautiful you look in your wedding dress...I wonder if mine still fits too...Hmmm, I should go try it on :-)

♥Ana

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Happy Anniversary Cindy!! Wishing you blessings and much happiness for many more years together!! Martina

Julie Harward said...

CONGRATULATIONS CINDY...and how do you stay so slim?!! You look amazing. Life is tough for sure but I have the same testimony as you do, it gets me through too. :D

Gail said...

O'Cindy, it's hard enough to find love, but the two of you found the miracle of true love. Congratulations and much love to you both on your anniversary.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty and the pain. Your dress is lovely! Happy Anniversary! ~Karen @ Pink Parsonage

Brittany said...

A very Happy Anniversary to you Cindy! So glad God Blessed you with a happy marriage =) And what a sweet wedding dress!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Cindy, this is such a moving and inspirational post. Happy Anniversary. I am so very happy that God has blessed you in this union and that you weathered the storms of those first seven years. You were and still are a beautiful bride. blessings ~ tanna

poppilinnstudios said...

Cindy, your story brought tears to my eyes. Life sure can be tough. Wishing you a wonderful anniversary! And, you look great in your wedding dress!
-Lynn

traci said...

happy happy anniversary cindy. you deserve tons of happiness and more.

Rosetta said...

Grazie allatua fede e alla tua costanza,sei arrivata fin qui!Ti auguro ancora tanta strada di felicità!Auguri!Rosetta

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Happy Anniversary. It sounds like your marraige is rock solid! I am visiting from On Sutton Place. Your home is lovely.

Millie said...

Happy Anniversary, Cindy! I am so happy things turned out well for you! Enjoy the day!
Millie

Lori said...

Happy anniversary! I came over from Sutton Place. Love you kitchen countertops. What are they made out of?

Betty said...

Oh Cindy! You've had many turbulent times through your life. This post has been a wonderful testimony of your love and faith.
I really like that first picture. A beautiful lady in a lovely dress.
Happy anniversary!

Pamela Gordon said...

Happy Anniversary Cindy! I thank you for sharing your life story here as I'm sure it will encourage someone else. God has indeed blessed you and your husband through your trials over the years. May he continue to bless your marriage and your family in the future. Warm hugs to you! Pamela

Poppy said...

Happy Anniversay to you Cindy! It feels wonderful to read a part of the life of the author behind these pages and to get to know the beautiful person she is....Congratulations to you and your husband on your 21st wedding anniversay and for being featured at the Open House party. You have a beautiful home and the love you put into it shows through the pages we visit. May god continue to shower his blessings on you,your husband and your family.You make the prettiest bride in that gorgeous wedding dress... Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us.~Poppy


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Pamela said...

Happy Anniversary Cindy!

You have been through so much and it is wonderful to hear you speak about your unwavering faith.
May you and your husband have many more wonderful, happy years together!!

Congratulations on the feature of your beautiful home over at Ann's! What a honour! I love your home!!
Pamela xo

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi! I found your blog through the feature of your gorgeous home at the Open House Party and just had to drop by. :-) What a testimony of God's grace you have shared with us as you celebrate your anniversary! Hope you will stop by sometime and see us!
Vanessa

podso said...

Cindy what a wonderful testimony you give of God's grace in your life. He is faithful and you have expressed it so well as you share those difficult times. It's always so good to look back and see how He brings us through. Your wedding dress is beautiful and you look lovely in it! A very happy anniversary and I'm glad you had delightful weather to go with it!

Cindy said...

Beautiful post Cindy...Happy Anniversary to you! Life can be difficult at times but trusting in God's faithfulness gives such hope in trying times. What a blessing you both have in each other!!!

Tamera Beardsley said...

Such a moving post......you and your blog became even more beautiful from the shadows of your past......thanks so for sharing your story.........inspiring!

Ana from Sweet Serendipity said...

How fun is that! Your dress is so gorgeous, I love the pleats! :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oh my goodness, Cindy. You are a dark horse. I had no idea that things had been so hard for you. Congratulations on 21 years!! And look at you now!! You're flying so high!!

Lots of love from over here,
Sarahxx

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Happy Anniversary to a very special couple! What a sweet testimony. So glad you are at this happy place in your life!
Love and hugs!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Cindy! I was visiting Anne and thought I'd stop by! You look just beautiful in your wedding dress and congrats on being able to fit in it, that is an accomplishment!
What a beautiful home you have made love your new handbag, banner and new canisters, I'm also your newest follower and will add you to my bloglist!
Have a happy day!

Janet said...

I just found your blog from Ann, On Sutton Place. I can't believe I've never seen your blog before! You have such a beautiful and charming home! Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for sharing your inspiring story!
Blessings,
Janet

Karie's Chic Creations said...

How blessed you are my friend! Sometimes God takes us through storms so He can shower us with His Beauty and Love. God bless you and your husband for staying faithful and trusting. Hugs, Karie

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Hi Cindy! I found your blog thru Cozy Little House. I am so in love with your little kitchen. It looks so homey and inviting!!

I saw your "Snippets of the Day" banner on your sidebar, went to their site and found one that I liked. Will be adding it to my own blog. A wonderful idea :)

Your wedding dress is beautiful...lookin' good!!

Wendy said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary Cindy. It sounds like your's was truly a match made in heaven. Heres to many more years of happiness together!

Jane said...

Look like you haven't change 19 years ago! you're still beautiful!
Congratulations again to both of you!

rosarod said...

Hi Cindy, first of all Congratulations on your anniversary! Your suit is beautiful, I love the Lace, in detail to the front and sleeves! On even fit in the. ji.ji. Reading your story is poignant, because one way or another we all have our struggles, I have had the condition that has your husband is ... well you can maybe understand me a poco.No are easy and only conditions that experiences may explain how one can feel on the inside. On the outside is not visible. Because God gave you a good man and has certainly been receiving a good lady. God is Good! after so many difficult situations and trauma today, they may be largely healed internally, and have the maturity to channel the vagaries of life. As you say, God's promises are fulfilled in us, with grateful hearts always exalt! only the recipient of the miracle, understands the value of gift! greetings. Rose marie

Shannon@ Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Cindy, thank you for sharing your heart warming story. It gives hope to others who might be experiencing similar circumstances. I am impressed that you still fit into your beautiful wedding dress. I saw your home featured at Ann's and love your kitchen. You did a very good job with it. Continued blessings---- Shannon

Anonymous said...

You two are still newlyweds.
Hubby and been married 40 years!

Pamela WV

Linda Z said...

Happy Anniversary. It's beautiful to hear how God has been faithful to bring you through so much. The last year of my marriage has been really tough because of chronic illness, and sometimes it's hard to see the other side, but the light is beginning to shine through.

Shelia said...

Although I'm a bit late - Happy Anniversary Cindy!
Oh, what a heart felt post! Isn't it something how God does does work all things for good to those of us who are His children? I'm so sorry to hear of all the past hurt but God is faithful and you have peace and love now. I'm so glad He put the right man in your life! Blessings to you both, sweet friend,
shelia ;)

classic • casual • home said...

Beautiful story, Cindy. I have been blessed with 26 happy years of marriage but there is no way I would look as good as you do in my wedding dress!!!

Linda said...

What a lovely testimony, Cindy! Congratulations on your anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Happy (belated) Anniversary to both of you!! <3 <3
I agree with all of those above, such a beautiful and inspring life story. I am SO glad you found Uncle Ray, he's an incredible man.I could only imagine how happy you were on your wedding day =)
*Was such an honor to have been part of it*
You look amazing and so tiny in your dress!

Lots of love
<3 Krissy

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Cindy,
Wow, you are lovely in your wedding dress and your hair is so pretty down. I know mine does not fit me at all..I grew a lot! LOL.
I am so happy for you, sometimes we just have to go through a lot of frogs to get our prince, and you have found your prince.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Jenifer said...

Happy anniversary! You look lovely in a lovely dress! :)

Greet said...

My dear Cindy!! Congratulations with your wedding anniversary!!So sorry I am so late to congratulate you both!! I wish I coud subscribe to your blog by email!!
You looks just wonderful my friend!

A big hug and thousand kisses!
xxxxxx.........................
Greet

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy (belated) anniversary!

I spent the week in Winnipeg and it was chilly.

Pondside said...

I'm late with this, but good wishes are sent your way nonetheless. You've been through such a lot over the years - tested and come through. Happy Anniversary!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are such a living testimony to what it is to be a good Christian, Cindy, and what a testimony you have! You are a true inspiration, my friend, and I'm so glad I stopped by today to wish you and your dearest a very Happy Anniversary!

I'm just getting back to blogging a little, and I wanted to thank you for your kind words you left on my last post. I appreciate you more than you will ever know, and I cherish the fact that we are sisters in the Lord.

Sending you warm hugs and much love across the miles and praying blessings abundant on you and your family...

XO,

Sheila

Nancy said...

Cindy,
What a wonderful post and testament to what our Lord and Savior has done in your life. I'm so happy for you that you were blessed with a wonderful husband! Wishing you many more happy years together!

Hugs,
Nancy

KimMiddlestadt said...

Wow you look awesome in that dress, and such a tiny fiqure too. It was so nice seeing you in Langley the other day. By the way, what did you call that decorating tech. that blends luxury with old?
Love you my friend.

Shabby soul said...

Darling Cindy, thank you for share yor life. I think it shouldn't be easy live with all these troubles, but I'm happy now it's all ok and you have a wonderful family and grandchildren!
You look beautifil in your dress! Happy anniversary my sweet friend!
Silvia

Anonymous said...

Wow! You have done awesome. Fitting into your wedding dress. Good job. It is a lovely dress. Congratulations on 21 years. God bless Ray.
Love,
Judy

Anonymous said...

I should have said, "God blessed Ray." :-)
Judy

Stylish Settings said...

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I would be so excited to fit back into my wedding dress. After having children my waist is not what it used to be.
sincerely
Kylie