Mark had never ridden, and I had great fun watching him bounce along and hold on for dear life as we trotted through the trails....I KNOW NOT VERY NICE!!!!........BUT IT WAS FUNNY!!!!!
It took a little more persistence on my end...especially since the family I lived with, loved Mark and were not very helpful when it came to my desire to end things; but, eventually, Mark and I parted ways, and lost touch for the next couple of years. We both moved around a bit, but when Mark heard that I was living in his home town in New Brunswick, he moved from Toronto, to see if things might be different between us.
I was dating someone else, but Mark was persistent and made sure he was around to be my comforter and friend when that relationship ended....then he moved in to take his territory.
We spent lots of time talking and Mark informed me early on, that if we dated, I needed to break up with him before 3 months were up, because if I did not, he would ask me to marry him.
That scared me off for all of about a week, and Mark held true to his word....he asked me to marry him on a carriage ride through Central Park on Good Friday, 1989 and we were married that August.
Here we are 19 years later, having gone through, marriage crisis, hardship and poverty together.....but let me tell you about this anniversary.
God has done a tremendous amount of work in both Mark and I over the years...we have experienced miracles in every area of our lives...we are blessed with 4 children we were "never supposed to have".
When all we could afford to eat was pancakes and peanut butter, we gave ourselves and our situations to Jesus....when anniversaries would come, we would get each other cards and I would try and make Mark a favorite meal. Gifts were out of our reach for a number of years.
God blessed us, then and He continues to bless us....
This year, Mark has talked about our anniversary literally for months. At first, I found this odd, as it was our 19th....not a major mile stone like 20....to this, Mark declared that every year was special, and what made 20 any more of a mile stone than 19?
I couldn't argue, but asked few questions as I knew my hubby was itching to tell, and I do love surprises.
Well, I was absolutely stunned when I opened my gifts and cards which were all hints to THE gift......