"25th Anniversary Roses"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on canvas (40" x 30")
"Karl and I met 28 years ago tonight and it was a Friday, the same as today. December 3, 1982 is a most important and memorable date to me, even more than our wedding anniversary. I was so thankful for the GOOD man God brought into my life. I had prayed for many months before asking God for this Good man. Stars and rockets didn't explode, I was 45 and Karl was 51, but it was like an invisible magnet that just drew us to one another. If there are soul mates, Karl and I were that and happy for all the years we had together.
Karl ordered the huge bouquet of 25 roses, that I painted above, for me last year for our 25th wedding anniversary, October 13, 2009. It was a wonderful surprise! Because it was so hard for Karl to even speak a sentence then, I had no idea he had managed to call a local florist and to let them know his wishes. Our good friends, Web and Troy Gaskin brought champagne over to celebrate with us and Karl even took a sip or two. He had not been able to drink since July, 2002 when he'd had heart surgery.
Tonight, it feels good to think and write about my beloved. I am so filled with gratitude and thankfulness.