A week ago Sara and I celebrated our 7th anniversary together.  It’s hard to believe we’ve been married seven years.  In some ways it seems like yesterday when she walked elegantly down the aisle toward me.  In other ways (and only good ones) it seems like we’ve spent a lifetime with each other.

This year I wanted to do something a little more fun to celebrate.  The last several years we haven’t been able to do a lot to celebrate on or right around the day because of our (or should I say my) busy youth ministry summer schedule.  This year was going to be different!  I came home from Camp Barnabas with a plan.  Shortly after arriving home I asked Sara to priceline a hotel room for us in St. Louis.  I thought it would be fun to have a “kid-friendly” celebration this year in honor of waiting for the time to bring our son home.  St. Louis has several great places for families and many of them are free or fairly inexpensive.  So my grand scheme involved the Zoo and the Science Museum.  We ended up being a little more lazy than I anticipated leaving the hotel that morning that we only made it through the Zoo experience that day, but we had a wonderful time with each other nonetheless.

Here are a few pics of our new furry and not so furry friends:

Both of these guys seemed to have an unfair advantage in our staring contest…

I kind of wonder what these guys might say to each other in response to hundreds of people coming by just to look at them do their thing…

This was definitely one of my favorite anniversary celebrations yet!  It was simple.  It was free.  It was fun, especially as we imagined what it will be like next time when we get to share this experience with our son.  By the time the day was over I was reminded once again how much I love my wife and how I feel so blessed by God to walk this road with her.

And to our son, whoever and wherever you are: We are SO ready to meet you!  We continue to wait (as patiently as possible) for God to weave our stories and our lives together.

Hopefully sooner rather than later!