Although this past weekend Jason and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, the actual date is today. June 1.
Today, however is the middle of the week and we have a meet the teacher for our daughter’s high school next year, tonight.
So on the weekend we left Keilan with a friend. Whom we owe HUGE because it really ended badly! And we arranged rides for our girls to and from Kung fu with another friend whom we also owe HUGE! And we went to Kananaskis and went horseback riding and white water rafting. Not to mention the steak lunch…and I will do my best to forget the worst Chinese dinner I’ve EVER eaten!
It was really fun! And a great way to spend the day together! A great way to begin another chapter in this adventure of life we do together.
I love you more than I ever have. We have truly lived life together. We have had a roller coaster of a ride for the last 20 years! We have laughed and cried and experienced miracles together. We have 5 beautiful children here and another 5 in heaven. We have celebrated and mourned. We have been stretched almost to our breaking point, and yet we endured!
And you have endured my relentless need for things to be done NOW and not procrastinated. You have helped me make my ideas come true so so many times in ministry especially! You have figured out how to make my ideas reality…like 300 page camper books at Rookie camp, puppet stages for children’s church, new looks for Sunday school wing on a no budget budget, giving generously when we couldn’t even pay our own bills, the list is endless! You have been my constant partner in life and ministry. You have been my help mate and my encourager.
You have loved the unlovable me! You have loved the me that was so lost in mourning I could see nothing but my own loss and pain and not yours too.
We have held our newborns and marveled at their absolute perfection! You have watched me do some pretty silly things…like skiing with a baby in a backpack…when I could barely ski! Nothing has stopped us or held us back! The adventures we’ve had are countless and so varied!
I stretch your comfort zone and you keep me grounded! I dream big and together we make it happen! We are a team. Without me I think your life might be a little bit boring…but without you my life would be nothing but empty dreams!
We know each other. And we in so many ways are the same. I was reminded of that when I read the letter you wrote to Katarina a few weeks ago for her grade 9 retreat. It truly mirrored the one I’d written for her a few weeks before. That’s because we are on the same page. We have the same values and hopes and dreams. We want the same things for our children and for our life together.
Together we are so much bigger than we are apart! Together we can do so much more and be so much more than either of us can be alone.
I value you. I respect you. I love you more than words can ever convey! Together we are better. We compliment each other and make the good better and the bad better.
Thank you for marrying me. Thank you for loving the lovable and unlovable parts of me! Thank you for putting up with my passion and for encouraging it and taming it! And thank you for not rolling your eyes when I say “Guess what honey, I have an idea…”
Here’s to many many more decades of marriage and life and fun and sorrow and adventures….adventures like kayaking…thanks for joining me on this ride!