Thursday, August 23, 2007

10 Years

Today marks my and Cindy's TEN year anniversary. Like many have experienced before us, and many will experience after us, ten years is one of those milestones which elicit feelings of unbelief of how long and of how short it has been: it's hard to believe that it has already been ten years since the day we said "I do," and yet it feels like we have known each other forever and have always loved each other, yet ten years is a lot less than forever.

As I think of a description of who I was ten years ago, I can't help but think "immature." I was a brand new believer in Jesus Christ, 23 years old, working on my Ph.D. in AE, with many selfish dreams. Now ... well let us just say that God has been refining me (He still has much work to do),I'm 33 years old, finishing an MDiv and considering another Ph.D., this time in Theology or Philosophy, trying to be like John the Baptist and allow Christ to increase in my life and Maël to decrease.

I've been blessed with a lovely wife who has been my helpmate on this journey, which is much different than the journey we thought we were going to be taking ten years ago. A wife which God has given me to love me, to encourage me, and as a friend once said, to keep me humble.

To our past ten years, Honey: may God grant us many, many more.


Lew A said...

Happy Anniversary!


Steve Sensenig said...


Alan Knox said...

Congratulations, Maël and Cindy! We should do something to celebrate. I can't wait to celebrate your 20th together.


Maël said...

Thanks to all.

Alan, what did you have in mind?


Anonymous said...

I talked it over with Alan and we thought it would be nice if YOU made some homemade mac n'cheese or some of that homemade ravioli we keep hearing about. We would love to share it with you.

Happy Anniversary!

Eric said...

Congratulations! We are very happy for you. The way you two support each other is a wonderful model to us. We hope to see you soon!


Anonymous said...

Your decreasing and Christ increasing isn't contingent upon a Ph.D. Anyone can have a Ph.D in theology or philosophy. Remember: your decreasing is always to be seen and defined by the Lordship of Christ, not a piece paper.

Maël said...

Dear Anonymous:

I truly do agree with you, but may I suggest that you completely misunderstood my post. May I point you to the parallel structure in the post: immature - maturing, age - age, schooling - schooling, selfish - dying to self. The decreasing is in parallel with being selfish, and not in series with earning another degree.

Thanks for pointing out that I was not as clear as I needed to be. BTW - who are you? I love to get to know the people that drop by to visit.

Evelyne Disseau said...

Con il papà abbiamo festeggiato i nostri 40 anni di matrimonio il 8 luglio. Non avrete nessuna difficoltà ad arrivarci anche voi due!!!
La vita in coppia è basata sull'amore, ma è anche fatta di comunicazione, di comprensione, di ascolto dell'altro. Non è facile...
Quante coppie si dividono, perché non hanno avuto la pazienza di ascoltare l'altro, di conoscerlo, di capirlo, di decidere di cambiare insieme. Si dà sempre la colpa all'altro e non si vede mai la propria... Una coppia cresce insieme, guardando nella stessa direzione!
La tua mamma

Maël said...
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Renata said...

Congratulations on your 10th anniversary and congratulations to your parents too. Very true words Evelyne.

stan said...

10 years?!? What? Did you two marry when you were twelve or something?

(Note to Mael: That comment was for Cindy's benefit, not yours.)

Congratulations! With 10 years of marital experience under your belt, I'm certain you're quite ready for parenthood. Twins even.

(Note to Cindy: That comment was for Mael's benefit, not yours.)

- Stan

Maël said...

CORRECTED Translation:

Your dad and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary July the 8th. You will have no problem getting there also.

Life as a couple is based on love, but it is also based on communication, understanding, and listening to one another. It is not easy ...

How many couples separate because they have not had the patience to listen to one another, to know one another, to understand one another, and to decide to change together. People always blame the other and never see their own blame ... A couple grows together, by looking in the same direction!

Your mom.

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