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Five Minute Friday: Together

John and I have been together 27 years and it's been 28 years since we started dating.  
One of our first dates

At first it was just the two of us, figuring out how to live as one.  
Sorry about the's a scanned, cropped Polaroid image!

Then one after another, we added two more and we were together as a family.
 Now our time was spent figuring out how to be a couple AND to be parents.  Probably our focus was more on the parenting than anything.  Together we got through a lot of things by figuring it out as we went.  I don't know what we would have done without the Lord to help us through!

Now we're back to just the two of us.  We both miss our kids terribly and weren't too keen on being empty nesters.  But I'm enjoying this time of being a couple again and being able to concentrate on each other.  If we had not continued working on our relationship during the child-raising years we'd probably look at each other now and think, "Who are you?"  

I recently read a book by Gary Chapman called The Four Seasons of Marriage.  John and I individually took the quiz and discovered we are in the season Chapman calls summer.  Summer is a time of long evenings talking on the porch's a relaxed, comfortable time.  That's where we are together now...relaxed and comfortable with each other.  

Because we live on the other side of the ocean from our kids we don't get to be with them very often, but we sure enjoy it when we are once again together as a family.  Now the family has grown even more with a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law.  Sadly, we probably won't be all together for a few years.

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