Sunday, August 12, 2012

40 Years Later

The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage of
Sherry Lynn Backstrom
Patrick Jay Stevens
 Saturday, August 12th
The quote below was our favorite when we were dating and first married. 

"This is the true measure of love:  When we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It has been many years since that day, 40 to be exact.  We are thankful for the time we time we have had, some good and some not so good but all with the Lord right there with us.

This is now one of our favorite quotes, from one of our favorite hymns.

The Love of God 

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints' and angels' song.

Words & Music © 1923, Ren. 1951 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

We have been blessed!
Happy Anniversary Patrick!


  1. Congrats! My mom married a sailor(my dad) too a few years before you. I hope your marriage has been as happy as theirs!

  2. Happy Anniversary. I wish ya'll 40 more even better ones

  3. Life is indeed a journey! Thank you for sharing such a special occasion with us and may God bless you both always!

  4. how wonderful! Happy Anniversary to you both..;j

  5. Happy Happy Anniversary!
    Perfectly wonderful.
    Love & JOY to you and your hubby

  6. What a sweet couple you were and are...both then and now. Congratulations to both of you!

  7. Congrats to you both. God is faithful!

  8. Happy anniversary! Your wedding picture is beautiful ... and still looking good 40 years later. Wishing you many more years of love and happiness. Tammy

  9. I prayed you both had a wonderful anniversary!! We love you both so very much!!!!!