Saturday, December 27, 2008

21st Anniversary

December 27, 1987 at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church of Scottsdale

Susan Ellen and Charles Derrick wed

It was the first time that I know of in our church history, that 2 families were joined. Two families that had grown up in the church.

Pastor Brouwer was amazing. Watching the video tonight, hearing his words again, the first thing that popped into my head was that his prayer was answered. And is still being answered. That we would serve God in all we do. That God would make us the wife/husband and mother/father He would want us to be. Ones that would give Him glory in all we do. I know we fall short of the mark, but it truly is our goal.

Mark Zeeman and Julia Winterberg (Hamilton) on the piano and organ gave us chills. Sacred, powerful music. Processing in to Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, with a key change every verse, had everyone's hearts pounding!

My cousin Vicki singing Friends for Life and Julianne singing Community Song. Then they sang together: Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us for our benediction/recessional.

My dad's final words in the video were, "the wedding was terrific and we expect the marriage to be even more so, but longer!"

And off to St. Bart's. I'm still hoping to go back there.

Father God, thank You for this man that I will spend the rest of my life with. You knew what You were doing when you brought us together. May we always keep you first, eachother second and these gifts from You third.

Our life poem: "Grow old with me, the best is yet to be. The last of life for which the first was made" Browning


Alex Joy said...

I love you both mom and am so thankful for this wonderful family you made with dad! Happy Anniversary!

Ginger said...

congratulations dear friends.

familygregg said...

So special.

Ann Van Gilder said...

Congratulations! Although we don't know each other well, I think we met once when you were a teen on a family vacation through Washington. And maybe again when you and your husband came through. It's been fun reading your blog. Your mom is my cousin. My folks are her Uncle Al & Aunt Phyllis. She shared your blog address in her Christmas letter. We share the same wedding anniversary! We celebrated our 38th on Saturday. We also praise the Lord for his presence in our lives. Truly God is good all the time. We are happy to say, as you have, that our goal has been to glorify God in all we do. Our children, their spouses and their little ones love and serve the Lord, too. Although I don't have a blog, both our daughter-in-law and daughter do.( and It's nice to connect with family. Maybe someday we will make the trek to AZ!

Miracle Mommy said...

Hi Susan! Amazingly enough I do remember your stop through Washington! Glad to reconnect with you. I'm sure I will be able to glean some wonderful homeschooling information from you! Thanks for connecting with me. :-)

~Kim said...

Congratulalions on your 21st anniversary! Thanks for sharing about your wedding and how God is accomplishing His purposes in and through your marriage.
We just celebrated 16 years yesterday. We had Joyful, Joyful played at our wedding, also, only it was for the recessional! :-)