Celebrating 23 Years Together!
I’m sitting here in the quite of the first real cold front we’ve had for the year, anticipating what tomorrow might bring.
For many tomorrow is just another Sunday that will come and go. But for me it’s a day that holds a grand importance. Yes, it’s true that it’s Sunday and I have the opportunity to go to church and worship God, the one who orchestrated the importance of this day for me.
You see, the road that I had to take to reach this day was burdened with pain so deep that death seemed a more pleasant experience at many points along the way. But today isn’t a day to reminisce about the tragedies or the sufferings of yesterday but it’s remembrance adds extreme value to it. Today is a celebration of a love so deep that it has overcome all of the pain of yesteryear.
Tomorrow I get the opportunity to wake up to the most beautiful and incredible woman I have ever had the privilege of knowing, my wife Marianne. I once again get to wake up and get lost in her beauty as I watch her sleep on the same day we met 23 years ago and married 22 years ago.
I will admit that I am taken back by how long we’ve been together and how much we love each other. Especially for someone like me who never believed happiness was even possible or that if it was, that I was not deserving of it because of the dark burdens of the past.
That alone proves to me that God exists and that He’s not only forgotten my past but loved me enough to lead me to the Onyx dance club in Guam on the night of November 2nd, 1991. I will never forget that night and how it changed my life forever.
And because I know you’ll read this my gorgeous wife all I want to say to you is thank you. Thank you for never giving up on me the thousands of times that you had every right to. Thank you for loving me through all of my insanity. I truly believe you were sent to me to save me from myself and for that I will always be grateful to God and I will love you more and more ever day that I have in this life and the next.
I will spend the rest of this life showing you just how much you mean to me and I believe that one day we will be celebrating our 70th anniversary. And, I’ll still be madly in love with you!
I love you beautiful!
I’d also like to give a special thank you to my daughter Stephanie who made our celebration possible this year. We love you so much and thank you for being the daughter that you are! You are destined for greatness!