When it Rains for Three Years

It’s raining. And it has been for three years.

It started here, with bright-eyed innocence and lofty expectations and deepest dreams. Ignorance was bliss.

Unexpected diagnosis.


Dashed dreams.


It rained harder.

But, the celebration went on.

and on…

and on.

We lived. We loved. We cried. We fought. We dreamed. We died.

Relationship struggles…with other people, in our church, with family, with each other, with God.

A life-threatening accident and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Burnt-out feelings of discouragement. Giving, giving, giving. The feelings of never being enough.

The rain so unrelenting.

Love that pushes through. Joy unspeakable and full of glory. Living the miracle of husband-wife love that never gives up.

What do you do when it rains for three years?

For better or worse, we celebrate.

And believe…

The best is yet to be.

The last three years have been the best of my life.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…to US…Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Shafer…August 8, 2009.


6 thoughts on “When it Rains for Three Years

  1. Congratulations with love and prayers to a very special couple! What an inspiration you/your writings are to me, Renee! Blessings on your life together… the best IS yet to come! “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

  2. “Living the miracle of husband-wife love that never gives up.”
    So beautiful… so crucial… and i’m so glad that miracle is yours.
    Happy Anniversary to two wonderful people!

  3. I love how ur so real Renee. That’s a gift. I love u! I’m sure a lot of couples can identify in some ways. The school of life doesn’t always have much mercy. But our God is big enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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