Whitney Loibner Chinos in Switzerland 2014

20 years

Whitney Loibner Chinos in Switzerland 2014

On New Year’s Eve, Taido and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary.

This amazes me on so many levels.

20 years?

Didn’t we both just turn 20?

But then we watched the video recording of our wedding with my entire family and indeed, there we were, 20 years younger. All kinds of bad hair and bad clothing choices and over done make up for our kids to mock.

Who let those children get married? Taido asked as our baby faces showed up on the screen.

Dad, your hair! Ben said.

Also. We had a lot of music at our wedding.

Like four songs before we ever even entered the sanctuary. And lots more throughout the service.

Including my cousin singing U2’s All I Want is You.

But I was reminded while we were watching that my favorite song from our wedding was a lesser known song called Miracle of Mercy. I remember vividly my friend Donna playing it for me while we were planning the wedding and deciding that it was perfect.

I’ve been thinking all fall about the fact that Taido and I were coming up on this anniversary and I spent some time before we went home writing down some of the gifts of this wild and wonderful 20-year adventure.

Whitney Loibner Chinos in Switzerland 2014

To be honest, because it’s a big anniversary, I have been approaching it with a certain level of pride. Like, Lookie here at us! Staying married and still being in love and stuff. Aren’t we something?

Every time I wrote something down that we had done together or made it through in one piece, I was attributing it to our “great marriage.”

But when I heard the lyrics to that simple song again, I was reminded that every year is another year that God brought us through. Every day that we manage to build each other up instead of tear one another down is a gift.

A miracle of mercy.

And friends, that’s the God-honest truth.

Whitney Loibner Chinos in Switzerland 2014

So here’s to the past 20 years being bathed in mercy.

And here’s to all that the next years hold for us being showered in mercy and grace as well, so many unknowns and unpredictable bends in the road.

I wouldn’t want to walk these roads with anyone but Taido.

*These photos were taken last summer in Switzerland by Whitney Loibner

Miracle Of Mercy
by Steven Curtis Chapman

If the truth was known and a light was shown
On every hidden part of my soul
Most would turn away, shake their heads and say
he still has such a long way to go
If the truth was know you’d see that the only good in me
Is Jesus, oh it’s Jesus

If the walls could speak of the times I’ve been weak
When everybody thought I was strong
Could I show my face if it weren’t for the grace
Of the one who’s known the truth all along
If the walls could speak they’d say that my only hope is the grace
Of Jesus, the grace of Jesus

But, oh the goodness and the grace in Him
He takes it all and makes it mine and causes his light in me to shine
And he loves me with a love that never ends
Just as I am not as I do
Could this be real, could this be true
This could only be a miracle
This could only be the miracle of mercy


  1. Wishing you many, many more!!!

  2. Happy Happy Anniversary! You are a gifted writer and I enjoy your insights into life. Thanks for sharing bits of you.

  3. Thank you for sharing. What a lovely tribute! Happy Anniversary!

  4. So sweet. Congrats on 20 and here’s to many more, my friends! 🙂

  5. Love this post! Lookng forward to seeing what the next 20 hold for you both!

  6. i just now saw this post – how fun – great pics of y’all — still looking young to me! except for T’s distinctive gray… I had forgotten about that song — I looked it up and listened — no wonder I shared it with you — great song! and congrats on 20 years — being married and in love is something to be proud of — it’s still a miracle of mercy — love to you both

  7. Happy Anniversary

  8. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story of 20 years in grace and love.
    You two have been in my daily prayer since you touched our hearts
    with you ministry of witness/caring while you served in Seattle!
    Hugs and agape love, –Herb Tsuchiya, 82

  9. Happy Anniversary to you two!!

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