For Better or For Worse…

By the time you read this, I should be well on my way to celebrate my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. My “ride or die” and I are off to spend some quality time together as we reminisce upon our better and our worse, the rich and the poor and appreciate the fact we are in relatively good health.

We are no longer the wide-eyed twenty somethings who were engaged in just six weeks. Twenty-five years later, we have been through some things.

Births and deaths.

Gains and losses.

More grey hairs.

Still, I can thankfully say the “worse” made us better instead of bitter.

We learned to compromise and admit our faults. We can now balance our strengths and tolerate our weaknesses. Most importantly, we learned to rely on God instead of ourselves.

 Through two kids, five homes, six cities, eleven pets and too many career choices to mention (both his and mine) we managed to keep it together.

And sometimes “together” is more than enough.

We now find ourselves back where we began, just the two of us.

Another cycle of life. Sunrise, sunset.

Happy Anniversary Rod Raphael!

Our “better” has far exceeded our “worse.”

We truly are blessed.

And now, we are off on another adventure. Hubby and I are headed to view some amazing sunrises that we may cherish them later in our sunset.

God willing, together.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 NIV

By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. Happy Anniversary to you and your “ride or die” Lilka, and I pray many many blessings over the next 25yrs. 25 yrs is quite a milestone. My wife and I celebrated our 25th back in May. Enjoy those amazing sunrises my sister.


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  2. Happy Anniversary.
    We’ve been married 34 years..all our children past leaving the nest and yet we are still not empty nesters. LOL. In fact we have gained a dil and granddaughter into our ‘nest’. Still, we ‘steal’ together moments when possible.

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  3. Happy Anniversary and thank you for your inspiring post! My husband and I are fast approaching our first anniversary. The twenty-fifth seems so far away, but I hope when it comes I can truthfully say all that you just said. May you have many more returns!

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