Sunday, August 16, 2020

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary!!

Happy 40th Wedding Anniversary Dad & Mom!!

In honor of this very special occasion, I thought I would take you on a trip down memory lane with old pictures and a very short version of their story and God's faithfulness over the years.

Once upon a time… a long time ago there was a beautiful princess. Well, technically she wasn’t quite a princess, but she was distantly related to one, so we are giving her that title in this story. She had big brown eyes and pigtails that were most likely the envy of every other maiden in the land. She had a very kind heart, a quick smile and a joyful spunk in her personality. One summer she decided to go spend her summer working at a youth camp in a somewhat distant, northern land.

Several hours away there was a dashing young prince. Technically, he was not actually a prince, but he definitely had princely qualities! He grew up working the land and was quite skilled in performing theatrical productions throughout his years in school. He was quieter, but a hard worker and a heart for ministry. He decided to go to a northern land and serve at that very same camp. Without knowing that true love was so close at hand, the prince settled into his lodgings. Shortly after, it was announced in the dinning hall that it was the birthday of this princess and everyone joined in to wish her the most wonderful day.

After being assigned to a group the princess headed to a staircase to meet the team. Lo and behold, she met her knight in shinning armor! Over the course of the summer they became fast friends! But it did take a lot of effort and convincing over the next 3 years to completely win the princess’ heart. Shortly after she said "Yes!" a wedding was announced! 

Although it rained on their wedding day, it was a moment that would be remembered for years to come. Their first year as husband and wife they spent on the road traveling all over the U.S. with a team of young people sharing about the greatest news ever given to mankind. They helped run children’s camps, spoke in schools and churches and had numerous adventures together. Shortly after that they decided to take a leap of faith and welcome as many children as God would send them. And He did!

As the children started coming the money got tight, the nights were short and the diapers were never ending. But over and over God showed His faithfulness and provided for their needs.

(This is the exact spot where they met in 1977. 
This picture was taken 29 years later when mom was expecting baby #13, Charissa)

The prince bravely started his own business and would work long days for weeks on end, the princess would lovingly care for the children and take care of the home. It was a busy, but wonderful time!

Then a dream of theirs came true! In the year 1990 they found a fixer upper house out in the country where they could live and make memories together. The prince gave it to his bride for Christmas and she was overjoyed! They had so many wonderful moments there, as well as more additions to the family! It was a lot of fun as well as work.


Then as the prince was called to lead a flock in a different place, God asked them to give up the farm they loved and move into town. It was a hard decision, but they went where God called.


While in town the children started picking up instruments and people started asking their family to sing. The first concert was daunting, but the Lord blessed their endeavors! People started asking them to travel more and more. After a lot of prayer, God provided a bus for them by giving the amount they needed to purchase one down to the very dollar.

Years went by and they traveled to about 45 states and Canada & Mexico! There were numerous stories of God providing just what they needed, when they needed it. Bus repairs, safety during their travels, safety during an accident that could have ended all of their lives. It was truly incredible!


They were able to sing at churches, banquets, prisons, county fairs and even a cattle auction. Wherever people asked them to go, they would. And God was able to use their simple endeavors to touch lives.


As their children got older, God started bringing special people to add to the family. The first four wedding celebrations came exactly 15 months apart with 2 more in the following years. And since there are several children still at home we are assuming that there will be more to come.

God then blessed the prince and princess with grandchildren to love and spoil which completely delight their hearts. 

When they got married they never would have pictured where they are today. 


They've had some mountain top experiences and some valleys.

But God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all they could ask or think and when two people walk faithfully where God has called them, not matter the cost, it is amazing what can be accomplished for His glory!


From all of us, your children, we want to say Thank you!!!

Happy 40th Anniversary!! 
We love you so very much!

Dad & Mom's wedding passage:
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
John 15:1-5


Luke Myers said...

Happy Anniversary and may you have many more!

A very interesting story of God’s provision!

Kay said...

Happy 40th Loren & Gloria. We'll join you in that club in a few weeks. God has blessed us all with such wonderful families. K&R

Kirstin said...

How fun to read! Loren and Gloria, you have been an encouragement to Jason and I and our family over the years. Thank you! I loved reading about your wedding passage... this was our wedding passage too and the theme of our wedding. This is the first time I have heard of another couple using John 15 in their wedding. Blessings!

Darrell & Electra Haynes said...

Happy Happy Anniversary! Although we haven’t met, we DID get to hang out with a couple of your kids when they visited China years ago. Had a great time with them and was introduced to your wonderful go along with a wonderful family!

Anonymous said...

Thank You, Loren and Gloria for setting a godly example to not only your children, but to many others, of a good marriage! For enjoying the mountain tops together but, most importantly for being a team that fights together, in the valleys.
Looking at all of the pictures of y'all makes me cry. It reminds me so much of my parents before God called my dad home! Treasure all the times you have together! And always stay on the same team! Blessings!

His Way Services said...

Wow! That is really something. God bless you both!