When I was a little girl, I loved to listen to the story of how my parents first met. Now, I love to tell it.
My parents both went to college at Western Washington University. Though they attended school there at the same time, they didn’t meet each other until a few years after.
At that time, Mom’s best friend was dating Dad’s best friend. Knowing my parents and thinking they would be perfect for each other, their best friends set up my Mom and Dad on a blind date. Mom tells me she was nervous about meeting Dad, but that when she first met him, she just knew he was “the one.” It’s really cute because Dad says the exact same thing.
After dating for a few years, Mom and Dad were married two days after Christmas. Mom wore a lace wedding dress and carried the most beautiful bouquet of red roses as she walked down the aisle to where my Dad stood with the happiest smile on his face. This past December, my parents celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. As their daughter, I am grateful to have a Mom and Dad who are committed to their love for one another. It inspires me to see how my parents have always been there for each other.
I am also inspired by another love story – that of the Hougers, missionaries and NU College of Ministry professors, who I interviewed for this month’s Valentine’s Day feature (pages 7-8). Weldyn and Barbara Houger first met as college students at Northwest and were married after graduating in 1972.
The Hougers have graciously shared with The Talon what they have learned, after 40 years as husband and wife, about how to have a love that honors God and lasts a lifetime. I know their words of wisdom will be a blessing to you.
Whether you are single or in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to remember that the greatest love we could ever receive is God’s love for us. He loves each of us more than we could ever imagine! May we allow His love to fill our hearts so that we can love others with His love.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
Colleen Weimer, Editor in Chief of The Talon