Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ten Years!

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Ten years ago today, on August 5, 2000 ~ I walked down the aisle, escorted by my dad, as Ms. Cindy Stille....

We had a beautiful ceremony officiated by our friend and Pastor, Rob Bell. The wedding was held at our home church at the time, Mars Hill Bible Church.

And before I knew it, I was walking back down the aisle ~ this time as Mrs. John Bultema. Woo Hoo!!

In honor of our special day (and the 10 years we've celebrated together), I'd like to share....

The Top "10" reasons I'm grateful to be Mrs. John Bultema

1. John is an incredible man of integrity. He is trustworthy, honest, and a true man of Godly character. (If you know John, you know this is true!)

2. John is an amazing dad! Absolutely amazing!! He is so attentive to our kids and their needs ~ it is a huge blessing to parent alongside of him!

3. I love John's knowledge of the Word of God. I love asking him his thoughts about Bible passages, and studying the Word with him. I also love hearing him share Bible stories with our kids. I love his sharp mind and wise insights! :)

4. John is supportive of my ministry dreams. How many men would quit their jobs and become a stay-at-home dad so their wife could continue on in full-time ministry?? John did...and was an excellent stay-at-home dad for almost 3 years! He still continues to support me and my ministry dreams in so many ways ~ and I am very grateful!

5. John has such a huge heart for the world. He dreams of being involved with global ministry someday, and is passionate about helping kids learn more about God's work around the world. How cool is that?!

6. John has taught me a lot about living a balanced, restful, healthy life. He takes excellent care of his body, our cars, our home (and extends much grace to a more "creative/messy" person like me).

7. He does all of our family's laundry :)

8. John accepted my son Jake from the very first minute he met him (when John was Jake's kindergarten small group leader at church). Not only did John have the privilege of leading Jake to Jesus back in 1999 (when he was still "Mr. John") ~ John has loved Jake with such unconditional, unfailing love! :) (No wonder Jake wanted us to get married so bad ~ he's no dummy!)

9. John is very wise with our finances. If our budget was up to me, we'd be in bad shape. Trust me.

And the 10th reason I'm grateful to be Mrs. John Bultema....

10. He's so cute!! :)

Happy Anniversary, honey (if you're reading this!).

May the Lord continue to bless us with many, many more years of love, joy, peace in our home, fun family times, and Kingdom-building opportunities. You are loved - a lot! :)

Me :)

P.S. Just for fun, here's a picture of the junior bride and groom that day ~ Ms. Sara Robinson and my dear son Jake. Aren't they too adorable?!


Julie said...

Congrats to you! Funny thing- My hubby and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary today too!

May you both have many more happy healthy and blessed years together!


Ann said...

Congratulations, that is so wonderful! Wishing your family blessings!

Anonymous said...

Cindy! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I'm so happy for you and John :-) I hope you have a wonderful celebration and the Lord continues to bless you both and your marriage in amazing ways! Love in Christ, Jenny C.

Bonni said...

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures and the meaningful list of ten reasons. God's ways are perfect, and His plans for us are the best!

MOMSWEB said...

Cindy, you were a beautiful bride and you're STILL a beautiful woman!

Julie@comehaveapeace said...

I hope your weekend away was wonderful. I have a guess ... can't wait to see if I'm right. :) And I love the list of reasons to love your John; it makes me want to know him and enjoy those qualities too! You two are a great team.

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