Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Has it really been 9 years?

May 24, 2003
To my best friend of 14 years and husband of 9 years,
                    Where do I start? We are 28 now and have been together for exactly half of our lives. We have been through many trials and triumphs. That is what marriage is about, loving each other through thick and thin! We have grown so much together these last 9 years, both in our love for each other and as adults. We have been through financial difficulties, a job loss, starting a business from scratch, saying goodbye to 4 of our grandparents that attended our wedding, 5 difficult pregnancies, 2 miscarriages and most recently the loss of our twin. You have stood by me even when I was too weak to get out of the bed, taking care of me and encouraging me to stay focused on our goal of having the big family that we always dreamed of. We have also had many triumphs, the joy of buying our first house and finally living together after 5 years of living in separate states, your graduation from VT with a Masters degree that you never thought you would get before we married, the births of each of our 4 children, being part of a church that we love, the salvations and baptisms of our sons, the excitement of Elisha coming, getting your job with NXL and completing the harrowing P.E. exam, going on anniversary trips and the sheer joy of raising our family together. God has always come through for us and blessed us even when we couldn't see a way for things to work out. A most recent example was Rachel coming to live with us to help us through the most difficult part of Elisha's pregnancy. God promises in His word that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and boy have we learned that lesson this year! I want you to know that I am so glad you are the one God chose to be my husband before I was even born. I'm so glad you were my first love and my first kiss:-). Your love for me has always been so strong. I love how you are not a procrastinator but have always been a man of action, always trying to make things happen, always willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want and where you want. You are a wonderful leader and always doing what you know to be Gods will for your family even if it goes against the grain. I love how you are so interested in training our 5 children and the lengths you go to respect them and build healthy relationships with them. It is a joy to follow you and be your wife! I love you with all of my heart and I look forward to spending the rest of our lives together!                    
                                                    Your admiring wife, Lindsay

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