Thanking God for the 56 years we have been married and which we'll be celebrating with family over the weekend. We had both served in the Alaskan missions when we met at an ordination of a fellow missionary. After dating that summer he asked me to get engaged. I said yes but that I would meet my commitment to serve another year in Alaska at a Native Alaskan boarding school run by our church at that time. So, I went back, but at Christmas time he flew North (as he was working in another state) and we had our engagement blessed and were prayed over in the chapel by one of the missionaries there.. My mother had suffered a heart attack and although she had other family to be close to her. (She was a widow) I felt I should leave after the first semester ended. So I flew and got a temporary teaching job in a grade school in a town not far from where she lived. She got well quickly and so we set the date for July. We worked in the same town so this gave us time to know each other better, pray together, and decide if this was to be. I made a private retreat a week or so before the wedding in a retreat center not far away..by myself...just to discern and pray. We were married on July 1. It has been an adventurous ride especially since we spent 34 of our married years in Alaska working and serving in various places at various time. Now we have both been retired from work outside the home for twenty years. He suffered a brain bleed back in 2014 and later developed dementia. It is a challenge daily for me to keep up with all I have to take care of him. Sometimes we have relied on caregivers and sometimes family helps. We go on prayerfully and with faith that God has better days ahead. I Praise Him for our wonderful adult children, our grandchildren, relatives, and friends. And that He brought us together and kept us together all of these years. He has got our backs and He is our guiding light. Father, Son, and Spirit. Please pray for us, in Jesus Name. Thank you.