Thursday, August 16, 2012

Our 43rd Anniversary

Today is our 43rd Wedding Anniversary.

August 16, 1969
Northside Baptist Church, Longview, Texas


We are in the middle of building a crate, dealing with
shipping companies, trying to contact the fumigator who is on vacation (the only one in all of Skopje it seems) and won't be back until September, moving our belongings to a warehouse, sorting through things that we will sell or give away, and trying to handle delays as best we can. 

This has been a normal occurence for us over the past 43 years.
We moved twice during the first 3 months we were married. 
This was only the beginning.

We moved so that Arville could attend seminary (about 6 times during those years), and then to Columbia, Missouri, where we moved 4 times.  We then moved in with parents while we waited to go to Pine Mountain, GA, for orientation before going to France for language study.  When we got to Tours, the apartment we were supposed to live in was taken and we had to move again in the first couple of weeks we were there.

After language study, we moved to Upper Volta (Burkina Faso).
We moved from the Ouagadougou to Koudougou (living in 2 different places in that village). 

Our 22nd Anniversary


We lived in 3 different locations from 1994 to 1997 while we
were in the Kansas City area. 

Our 25th Anniversary
Arville's dad took this picture of us (we were in their front yard in Greenwood, LA)

We moved to Albania, lived in 2 different houses in Tirana, and then moved to Kruja where we were living when the evacuation from Albania happened in 1997. 

Our 27th Anniversary
This picture was taken by Arville's cousin, Karen Cline -
after Amy and Christopher's wedding (they were married
on August 17, 1996).


We moved to Macedonia in January 1998, and then to Gostivar in 1999 (one month before the Kosovo War began).

Our 33 Anniversary
 Mavrovo, Macedonia


We lived in 2 apartments in Gostivar before moving back to Skopje to work with the Future of the Family Kindergarten in 2006.
We have lived in this apartment since then.

Our 37th Wedding Anniversary

So, through all the years and all the moves, we have learned to celebrate life when we have the chance.
That means that tonight, we are leaving the packing, the sorting, the moving, etc. and are going out to
CELEBRATE 43 wonderful years together. 

Happy Anniversary, my love-