Yesterday (October 16) was our anniversary; Wendi and I have been married for 23 years. The day’s first surprise came when our pastor announced our anniversary from the pulpit during the early worship service at church. Many people congratulated us.

Even some of the instrumental music was memorable. During communion, the pianist played a medley of two songs: “Open Our Eyes, Lord” and “Be Thou My Vision.” We had already sang the latter song as a congregational hymn. Reflecting upon these songs, I realized that after 23 years together, we are still (as everyone should be) seeking to see God better, to be closer to Him.

To conclude the sermon series on Spiritual Gifts, there was a Ministry Fair during the Sunday school hour. Information and signup sheets were on display for the various ministries in the church. It was unusual and quite interesting.

I took Wendi to the Janesville Mall this afternoon, just to walk around and spend some time together. The place was not overly busy, which made it nice, although there were quite a few people there. Wendi bought two little tokens at the Hallmark store: one was Heart of Motherhood — Boy (in honor of our son, Joe), and the other was a January token (Joe’s birthday is in January). We also bought a Mello Yello at the McDonald’s place in the mall.

I took Wendi to dinner tonight at El Jardin, a Mexican restaurant on Hwy. 51 south of Janesville. Wendi had the flautas; I had chimichangas. Then we ordered fried ice cream for dessert. I’ve eaten this dish before, elsewhere, but theirs was fabulous! It included some toasted coconut along with a touch of cinnamon, and of course the ice cream and the pastry. The rest of the meal was delicious too. And the company was great; Wendi and I almost never get to dine out together, just the two of us. It was actually Joe’s idea for us to do this today.