If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me." Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  (NIV) (Psalm 139:11-16)





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NUMBERS-60-90: Yes--they are just numbers, but they are special milestone numbers for us this past month.

NUMBER 60: August 05, 2022 marked the 60th wedding anniversary for Jeannine and me. We observed this special occasion with a family dinner out and cake and ice cream at our home. That is pretty much how we lived our lives during these 60 years of what I call a storybook marriage. We feel so very blessed to have friends and family that have loved and encouraged us during our 60 wonderful years. If you are reading this, you are an important part of our life story. We love you!

Addendum: August 05, 2022. I thought I should include a special thanks to our kids and grandkids for helping us celebrate this very special milestone occasion--our 60th wedding anniversary. Many of you rearranged your schedules and traveled many miles to be here. We really appreciate that. Some of you could not be here, but you were included in our thoughts and prayers. In summary--we both feel  such gratitude that God put us together and blessed us with such wonderful friends and family.

NUMBER 90: Today, September 13, 2022, is my 90th birthday. Where has this time gone? It is even hard for me to believe! I was blessed to have been born in 1932, to farmer parents in the hill country of Western Iowa. I tell people I had a storybook life, but like all books--some chapters are better than others. Like you, I had good times and bad times, happy times and sad times. That is the way life goes and that is how it is supposed to be. I woke up this morning and thought, "Hey-I'm 90 years old!" But nothing has really changed. I am going to continue to take it one day at a time as we move forward to the unknown days to come. After all, my storybook life is non-fiction, not a suspense novel, so I know my story will have a happy ending.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. NIV) (Psalm 100: 5)