Forty-one years ago today, a beautiful young lady said “I do”; and we have been married ever since. They say that beside every good man is an even better woman. I couldn’t agree more. Through the ups and downs of life, my wife, Lisa, has been the foundation of our home and raised three incredible daughters (and now two grandsons are part of the extended family!).
I can safely say that The Steve Laube Agency would not be what it is today without her efforts behind the scenes. Her consistent prayers, her pursuit of God, and her love for me have made it all possible. She has been there through every agonizing twist and turn.
In addition, she has been the developmental editor genius behind most of the books published by Enclave Publishing. In fact, all five titles that won awards at the recent 2022 Realm Makers event were edited by her. (Find the list here.)
My sentimental side lacks a little polish, and words tend to fail me. So today, in a simple way, on our 41st wedding anniversary, I would like to honor Lisa and say, “I love you” and “Thank you for all that you do.” I am humbled to be married to such an amazing woman of God.
An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
(Proverbs 31:10-12, 29-30, ESV)
Steve, thanks for sharing this, and love and blessings to both of you.
Barb and I recently celebrated our twentieth anniversary. She received body armour (she handles the church deposits), while she gave me some hardwood blanks to make rifle stocks. We’re clearly sentimentalists.
In case you’re interested, and even if you’re really not, zebrawood is kinda weird to work (use a hand saw, NOT a sabre saw!), but once you learn to listen to it, it’s really rewarding.
She stood by me all these years
with forbearance, kindness, tact,
and deserves far more than tears
as we face the final act
of this play begun in hope
that instead found hurricane;
how can I help Dear Heart cope
with my going, with the pain
of a life that’s amputated?
The dread that I see in her eyes
must in some way be abated
while I have strength yet to rise
and dance the waltzes that we missed,
and touch the face too seldom kissed.
What a beautiful tribute to Lisa. Happy Anniversary to you both.
Happy Anniversary and congratulations to you both. And high praise indeed. You are truly a blessed man.
Happy anniversary to you both!
Congratulations! May the Lord bless you and keep you!! Lenore and I celebrate 63 later this month. Liz Tolsma is our first born of 3 daughters.
Molly Jo Realy
Happy anniversary to you both! What a wonderful example. I pray for many more Godly experiences and moments. Blessings upon your family!
Happy Anniversary. That was a beautiful tribute to your wife. It put a tear in my eye. A husband that appreciates his wife is a blessing. I pray that other men will see your example and show such love to their wives also.
Steve, congratulations to you and Lisa. Your accolades proclaim she is the equivalent to Johnny Lingo’s ten-cow wife. By the way, I noticed your hair was shorter in the second picture.
That was a very nice and excellent tribute to your wife and marriage. Congratulations to you both!
Shirley G. Brosius
Congratulations! My husband and I just celebrated our 61st. May you enjoy many more years as well.
Happy anniversary! Thanks for being such a great witness in so many ways. Wishing you many more and all joy.
Happy Anniversary to you and Lisa. What a beautiful tribute to your wife and a wonderful example of faithfulness. Blessings.
Happy Anniversary to y’all! What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful bride. Praying abundant blessings in the coming years.
PS We just celebrated 49. Seems like yesterday.
Happy Anniversary and congratulations! My husband and I will celebrate 41 years next month.
A beautiful tribute to your wife. God’s blessings on the years to come.
Happy anniversary to your both!
Happy Anniversary to you and Lisa. Such a heartfelt tribute to your loving wife of 41 years. May God continue to bless you both beyond your dreams!
Happy Anniversary. Beautiful tribute to your wife.
May the Lord bless you for many more years!
Happy anniversary to you both.
Happy Anniversary, Steve! You said it all perfectly! What wife could resist such sentiments! Thank you for being such an excellent witness and example!
MICHAEL Lawrence RICHARD
A Wonderful tribute Steve
I loved seeing this in my inbox first thing in the morning. Happy anniversary you two! May God continue to bless you.
Happy, happy anniversary!
Happy Anniversary! Wishing you both many more.
Happy anniversary, Steve and Lisa. So happy for you and grateful for the wonderful example you set for so many.
Tamela Hancock Murray
Happy anniversary and best wishes to one of our favorite couples! — John and Tamela
Happy Anniversary! Dean and DiAnn
Beautifully said, and great pictures of the two of you!
Marriage is the only souvenir we were allowed to take with us from the garden. Glad that yours is a blessing!
Angela Miller Curtis
Happy Anniversary! I don’t know what I’d do without my husband of 50 years. What a sweet tribute.
Leola B Wright
Happy Anniversary Steve and Lisa!
Congratulations! It makes life’s adventures worth every breath, sharing it with the one and only made for you! I’m thankful every day for my Kevin (33 years together). God is truly good. Our wish for the both of you is this, “Live long and prosper.”
Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!!
Happy Anniversary Steve and Lisa! So thankful for your friendship over the years. Your family has always been amazing!
Happy Anniversary! May the Lord bless you with a love that grows deeper with each moment.
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Happy Anniversary, Steve & Lisa! Such a wonderful tribute!! May God grant you many, many more sweet and blessed years together!
Lisa Larsen Hill
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! A lovely tribute to your wife!
When a couple balances each other out, it is a beautiful thing! Happy Anniversary and God’s blessings for lots more!
Best wishes to both of you. A nice tribute, Steve.
Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D.
Happy anniversary! Many happy returns of the day!
OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU
Huge Congratulations!! May God bless your marriage with increased marital blessings. Amen.
Happy anniversary! Those were very sweet words.
The world is blessed.
You are so blessed to be loved by a Proverbs 31 woman. And I know she is blessed by the love and gratitude of your words. God Grant you both many more years of love and laughter. Happy anniversary! ❤️
Congratulations to you both, Steve! So appreciate you honoring your wife and your marriage, and I know this pleases the Lord. By coincidence, my wife Rebecca and I were also married on August 22, 1981 (in Colorado Springs, where we both worked at the time for NavPress). We celebrated today with breakfast out and a short hike through nearby beautiful country in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. Our five children have given us fourteen grandchildren, such a rich blessing! — Thomas Womack
I was especially excited to read your post on marriage. God shapes generations through this extraordinary relationship. Thank you for encouraging us to honor and build each other up, especially in marriage.
Jan Rogers Wimberley
Praise the Lord for his leading you together, and you together trusting him.
I say “ditto” to all the wonderful comments above.
Congrats to you both. Many more happy years to you!
Very nicely said, Steve. 1981 seems like so long ago, but then (fingers snapping) grandkids! They’re a blessing from the Lord. Congrats!
Dawn Alicia Shipman
Congratulations and happy anniversary. Your life and example are an encouragement to many of us.
Happy Anniversary! Having a supporting spouse is so empowering and inspiring. God bless you guys!
Thank you all for such kind words. Renders one a little speechless.
Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease bring Lisa to Blue Ridge next year! She and I would have so much fun hanging out in Clouds (I can tell by her smile).
Thanks to both of you for being great role models for the rest of us. Patrick and I are at mile marker 21. When we married, we made our goal 75 years. It seemed like “forever” then, but the last 21 years just zipped by, so we might be there quicker than we expected. 🙂