In twenty-two years of marriage, David and I have learned quite a lot.
When we began, I was the firecracker and he was the calmer of the two of us. Over the last two-plus decades we have really wore off on each other, and now the things that could send me richter no longer bother me…and things he used let slide — he no longer does.
We tried to fit our marriage into the stereotypical conservative model, and discovered that while MOST of what works for others, works for us…some of it just doesn’t. And that’s ok. It’s our marriage.
We have gone through some really challenging times. Those seasons grew us, and truthfully made me fall more in love with him. We found out what we are made of, and at the end of the day the things that really mattered most.
We’ve dealt with family pressure, money pressure, career challenges, tough times with our kids, and we’ve had incredible highs, and blessings, and been overwhelmed at the goodness and graciousness of our God. We’ve delved deeper into our faith and discovered a reality in God and the gift of salvation that apart from each other I think we would have never fully experienced. We’ve walked through some of the craziest stories and I have witnessed my husband minister to people in ways that are just mind-blowing. It’s been a heck of a ride and I just don’t know who else I could have ever walked through this life with but him.
He’s a risk-taker, bet-the-farm-kinda-man that is willing to go above and beyond to make his family meet their dreams. He puts himself last and loves like crazy and is the best example of a husband that any man could be to 10 daughters. He lets his wife and girls be who they are and fiercely loves and protects each one of us while simultaneously teaching our boys what it looks like to work as hard as a dog and serve their family. He never lets those boys even look sideways at a sister or their mother and he ruff-and-tumbles them till they are tough as nails.
So here’s to 22 years of marriage and 23 years of life together. It’s amazing that we made the decision to get married after only knowing each other for 10 days…but like I said, he’s a risk-taker. And I bet if you asked him, he’d tell you I’m the best risk he ever took.
Like-wise ‘pardner. I love you like mad.