Friday, November 14, 2008

"I do!"

Tomorrow my hubby and I will celebrate 33 years of marriage. I never imagined when I said, “I do, “ thirty-three years ago, what that would entail.

I remember our first meeting, as he stepped off that United Airlines plane in Spokane, Washington to visit Whitworth College. He wore tattered jeans, a blue velour shirt, brown Adidas tennis shoes with a hole in the left toe, and sported a wooden cross necklace.

It was love at first sight!

I turned to my roommate and said, “I’m going to marry that guy.” And she said, “But you haven’t even met him yet.” In my eighteen year-old mind, I had found my prince charming.

Now after 27 moves in 33 years, a few hundred bumps along the way, a cancer diagnosis, broken hip, and a few other “minor” problems, we move a little bit slower when we “fall” into each other’s arms at night (for fear that we might break something else!).

Last night we went out to dinner to celebrate early and because I have the “perk” of dining out for free (sort of), we do it a little more often than most. But like everything else in life, it comes with a price. I stayed up late to do my report and just as I was about to hit the send button, I lost it!


It was 12:00 midnight (when the report had to be in), and I started to panic. And then I realized, I always have my original report in longhand, so I made a night of it (pretending like I was pulling an “all-nighter” at Whitworth College). I asked Mark if he would like to join me. I said, I'll even make us some hot chocolate with marshmallows." I could hardly believe it when he said, “No!”

At 2:00 a.m., the report was sent and I was back in bed. I dreamed all night of our marriage—33 years ago—when I said, “I do.”

Guess what?

I would do it again!


Lonely said...

Mark and Connie,

Congragulations on 33 years of marriage, if the Lord tarries, may you have 33 more glorious years!

You are both a beautiful and inspirational couple to be around, thank you for everything you have done to help those of us that are hurting, or have a need!

May God Bless You to the Fullest,

Love In Christ,


Tracy Ruckman said...

Congratulations to you both - what a wonderful inspiration and example you are to all of us.

I'm so happy for you.


Connie Pombo said...

Thanks, Terry! You just brought tears to my eyes. You are so gracious. I don't think I ever told you this, but I have that picture of Carole on my desk in my office (at the Weekend of Hope) when we got the hot chocolate during closing ceremonies. When I made hot chocolate last night, I smiled through my tears.

I know Carole is smiling down from heaven tonight.

Blessings to you!

Connie Pombo said...

Thanks, Tracy! God is so good and we give him all the glory.

I think any marriage that stands the test of time is a testimony of God's grace. Oh and don't think we haven't been tested!


Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Oh lovely, lovely! Happy Anniversary to you both! I loved this Connie. I felt like you were telling me your story just as if you were sitting across from me at a coffee shop table. (A coffee shop of course that serves hot choc. for me - lol!)

Connie Pombo said...

Hey Girl,

We got snow...(just a litte), how about you?