"Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

Monday, August 27, 2012

Count your blessings...

Roses - Photo by Loree Huebner

Last week, Eric and I celebrated 25 years of marriage.

25 years is quite a milestone for marriage in today’s world.

As we celebrate and continue to celebrate this Silver Anniversary—Huebners tend to allow their celebrations to go on and on—we also took inventory and counted our blessings.

Our life together has had its share of ups and downs. We waded through difficult times, and rejoiced in the beautiful moments. No matter if it was on top of the mountain, or in the valley, Eric and I did it together, Team Huebner, and the Good Lord walked us through it.

After 25 years, our love has never been stronger. My heart still turns to mush and beats at the quickstep when I’m coming home from work, or Eric is on his way home.  

Eric and I also share a passion for storytelling, writing, and history. He loves sports and I love nature—here we mingle together. It’s important to mingle in each other’s off interests. I begin where he ends…and he is strong where I am weak…and so on. We pick each other up when we fall, and dance together in the good times.

Roses - Photo by Loree Huebner

We have three beautiful, intelligent children who have chosen career paths to help others who are finding life difficult, or who can’t help themselves. My oldest daughter is an attorney, the second oldest daughter is a mental health and drug addiction counselor, and my son just started Law School. They see those who need help and are in service out there trying to make a difference. I couldn’t be prouder. That’s what the Lord would want them to do. Sometimes it seems overwhelming. I always told them as my mom told me, “Take it one day at a time. If you take the time to help just one person, you’ve done something.” Back when the kids were small, until the baby was in high school, I stayed home with the kids while Eric worked. It was both a big sacrifice and a huge blessing.

We have a home. It’s not the biggest house, and it’s not the smallest house. The house is average size and needs some work, but it’s ours. The same goes with our cars.

Our health meter would be in the good range. Of course, we all have minor issues, but nothing life altering or threatening. We are working and have health insurance.

We have wonderful family and friends we love so very much. And, we have two faithful dogs who share our lives.

As far as my writing dream, I’ve had a 10 page history article published that I co-wrote with my hubby, and I have one of the most awesome inspirational romance agents—Mary Sue Seymour—working on my side. I’ve also met some delightful authors along the way.

The ride has been bumpy at times, but all and all a good one. It’s been a real amazing journey. True love and trust has been the key to a successful marriage. Add a dash of frequent romance and mutual interests, and you have the recipe for a long lasting relationship.

How often do you count your blessings?

If you are married—do you rejoice together as well as help each other stand on shaky ground? What are your secrets to a successful marriage?

If you are single—what is a key element in how do you see your relationships blooming?

Can you believe summer is almost over and school has started? Where did it go?

I would be thrilled to hear from you.

Between you, me and the gatepost,



Victoria Lindstrom said...

Loree, what a lovely post. I so appreciate your comment about counting our blessings. Your posts are always so inspirational, as well as informative. Thanks, again!

Sandra Orchard said...

Heartwarming celebration of your marriage, Loree. Congratulations on 25 years together and staying strong through good and bad...such an inspiration. I think the best piece of advice I received as a young wife was to not have expectations. That sounds kind of weird and was probably worded differently at the time, but the basic idea is too many of us go into romantic relationships with fairytale expectations that are utterly impossible for our husbands to meet which will only lead to disappointment when they fail. If you don't set up those expectations, you are more likely to count your blessings and notice the little things our hubbies do each day to show their love. One of my favorite has always been when hubby does the dishes. :)

Jessica R. Patch said...

Loved this! Congratulations, friend! :)

Julie Jarnagin said...

Happy anniversary! That's awesome. I guess my advice for a newlywed couple would be to appreciate each others differences. Don't try to change your spouse. Love them for who they are. Speak with kindness. Also, learn to let the little things go. Some times we spend too much time on things that aren't worth fighting over that we forget what's really worth fighting for.

Lindsay Harrel said...

Congrats on 25 years!! That's so great, and unfortunately, so rare in today's world.

And my husband is a lawyer, so yay for your kids, hehe! :)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Congrats Loree! I wish you and Eric the best. I try to count my blessings, but I probably don't do it as often as I should. Thanks for the reminder. :-)

Melanie N. Brasher said...

Aww, CONGRATS! You are so blessed!

Loree Huebner said...

Victoria: Thank you, Victoria! You leave me inspired by many of your posts too.

Sandra: I know you just passed this same milestone - loved your pictures of your Alaskan cruise. I think you're right about the expectations - it isn't all a bed of roses every moment. I guess I could add another blessing to my list - Eric does the laundry. Oh yeah!

Jessica: Thank you, Jess! So excited - got Donna's package today. Thank you so much for hosting Donna and the giveaway. And congrats to you on winning too!

Julie: You are so right on about letting the little things go. Sometimes we waste so much energy fighting over little things that don't matter in the big picture. Great tips you left here - especially to speak with kindness and not try to change your spouse.

Lindsay: Thanks for the well wishes! Yay for you too! Never a dull debate in our family! haha!

Gwen: Thanks Gwen! We all need to take inventory a little more often.

Melanie: I sure am, and so are you!! Love your travel photos, and you look sooooo cute!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Your comments mean a lot!

Lynda R Young said...

Congratulations for 25 wonderful years together. I think I need to count my blessings more often.

Joanne Bischof said...

That's always worth celebrating! Congratulations on 25 years with your husband!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Congratulations, Loree! This is a wonderful testimony to the Lord and you guys' committment to each other.

We've been married 37 years. Our best tip is pray, pray, and listen with your heart.

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations on 25 years! That is a wonderful milestone. It's a blessing to see couples make it that long and beyond. My husband and I will celebrate 32 years in October. (I was a child bride, lol.:)

I love your Mom's advice about helping others. I'll have to remember that.

Thanks for sharing and encouraging!

Brandi Boddie said...

Happy anniversary, Loree! Congratulations on 25 years. Here's to many many more!! :-)

You and your family have so many wonderful blessings and a postive outlook. My husband and I haven't been married very long (3 years), but we're learning how to take interest in each other's hobbies and to really listen. I think the transient lifestyle of the military has challenged us in some ways, but it has also helped us to mature so much.

Thank you for sharing!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Happy 25th anniversary, Loree!

Your post gave the perfect description of covenant. My late husband and I recognized that we weren't opposites but complementary to each other.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Happy 25th Anniversary, Loree.
I enjoyed reading your words as you counted your blessings. You have much to celebrate.
Thank you for the reminder to take the time and count mine.

Loree Huebner said...

Lynda: Thanks, Lynda. We all need to do it more often!

Joanne: Thank you, Joanne! Welcome here!

Jeanette: Great tip! 37 years? Wow! Congrats to you!

Karen: Thanks and Congrats to you, Karen! 32 years is a biggie! Of course, we were all child brides! lol!

Brandi: Thanks, Brandi. You've only just begun your life together with the challenge of military life. I congratulate you! Just remember that challenges strengthen your love if you work through them together. It's so important to take time to share in each others interest. And take Jeanette's advice - "Pray, pray and listen to your heart!"

Susan: Thank you, Susan. You speak the truth and I love how you put it..."complementary to each other!" Beautifully said.

Beth: Thanks, Beth. We looked back and it was all there. I feel blessed.

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I loved your comments.

Rhonda Schrock said...

Oh, congratulations!! So happy for you.

We just had ours three weeks ago, and it was such a highlight for us.

Stacy Henrie said...

Beautiful post, Loree! Happy anniversary and congratulations on 25 years!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Congratulations, Loree! And thank you for the reminder to be count our blessings.

Loree Huebner said...

Rhonda: I knew you just had yours...Congrats again! Such a wonderful milestone to cross.

Stacy: Thanks, AND a big CONGRATS on your book launch next week - I'm so happy for you!

Sarah: Thank you, my friend! We are all blessed!

Thanks for dropping in! Your words mean so much!

MTeacress said...

Congratulations on your quarter of a century together! Dave and I have been married for 20, and we've had a similar storyline to yours, so I can relate. Feels good, doesn't it! :)

Jayne said...

Congratulations to you and your husband, Loree. 25 years is quite a milestone, and you've aptly described exactly what it takes to get there. Counting blessings is a big part of that. Loved reading yours here. :)

Loree Huebner said...

Michelle: It does feel good! Congrats to you on 20 years! It's a roller coaster ride, but worth every moment!

Jayne: Thanks! You know, sometimes we get frustrated and only see what we don't have...we need to take a look around more often at what we do have. Loved the seal story!

Michelle and Jayne, thanks for chiming in! Your comments mean a lot!

troutbirder said...

Congratulations. Pride and teamwork with marriage and children. You've done good. Almost a rarity in this day and age. A couple of years and it will be 50 for us. The loss of a child is especially tough on a marriage and we stuck together in spite....

Terri Tiffany said...

Congratulations on 25 years! It IS a milestone in today's world and it sounds as though you are blessed over and over:)
We celebrate our 35th on the 10th--and when I look back at the ride--I am grateful God chose the mate he did for me:)

Loree Huebner said...

trout: Congrats to you! I do know of your heartache...you have each other to lean on - that is a blessing! And you have wonderful memories to keep close in your heart.

Terri: Thanks! 35 for you!?!?! CONGRATS!!! So glad you're moved and settled!

Trout and Terri - thanks for stopping by. It really means a lot!