And so, following after my last post, Troy proposed to me in November of 1998 one month before I graduated from CFNI in Texas and returned home to Zimbabwe for 6 months to prepare for our wedding. Troy had graduated a year earlier and waited for me to graduate and leave before he left Texas to start his new job as the worship leader at our church in Colorado. In April he flew out to Zimbabwe for 3 weeks for our wedding and honeymoon.
We were married in a beautiful garden belonging to some friends of my family in my hometown of Karoi on Saturday, May 8th 1999 … 10 years ago!
After our wedding we went on to have a 2 week adventure-filled honeymoon experiencing much of the beauty and wildlife that Zimbabwe has to offer.
From Kariba we went on a wonderful week long canoe safari down the mighty Zambezi River … my favorite place in all the world and I was completely thrilled to be able to share this magical place with Troy.
These guys are dangerous & aggressive & pop up all over the place. They also put a newlywed’s love to the test when they charge you within the first hour of your trip and you’re literally paddling for your life
After our week long canoe trip we visited one of the 7 natural wonders of the world and the famous Victoria Falls ~ hundreds of kilometers upstream from where we were canoeing. Unfortunately the rafting season had not opened because it was the end of the rainy season and the water was still too high but Troy did get to bungee jump off of the Victoria Falls bridge twice. I have an unnatural fear of heights that I was never able overcome in order to experience the thrill of bungee jumping. We both enjoy golf and played 18 holes at Elephant Hills where Troy, unfortunately, clobbered an impala that was grazing on the range a couple hundred yards away from us.
Troy next to the David Livingstone statue. The famous missionary & explorer was the first white man to see the falls and said of them “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. He also named them after his Queen.
After our honeymoon it was time for me to say good-bye to my family and friends and the beloved land of my birth to fly back to America with my husband to start our new life together.
Shortly after we arrived in Colorado Troy’s mom gave us a beautiful reception for our family and friends in America. This gave me the opportunity to meet some of Troy’s family that I had not met before. I was also able to wear my dress again.
Arriving for our reception in Boulder
What a blessing to have successfully reached this milestone in our marriage! We have had a happy and a good marriage despite the expected ups and downs that come from being in a life-long commitment of this magnitude. I like the saying that says the only problem with a mistake is if you don’t learn from it. There have been mistakes … lots of them … but I like to think that we have learned and grown much from them. God has been so good to us! He has helped us have a loving relationship that has only grown stronger with each passing year. He has blessed us with 3 beautiful children that we are completely and utterly in love with. He has blessed us with happy and healthy relationships with our in-laws. He has given us a wonderful church family to belong to and good friends who love and support us. We are strong and healthy. He has provided faithfully for us by giving Troy such a good job these last 10 years as well as having provided a lovely home for us. We have much to be thankful for and we feel rich in the things that matter most in this life.
Happy anniversary to my wonderful husband and father of my 3 beautiful children! Here’s to a life-time of love, peace and joy shared together!