My heart is full with gratitude to David for preferring me over the 36 years of our togetherness. Even during tough times, what I could always come back to was the truth that he was and would be there for me. He preferred me above all others and I, likewise, preferred him. The Stephen Curtis Chapman song, “I’ll Be There” was our theme song back in the day. It spoke the simple truth that we would be there for each other through all the seasons of life and marriage and that’s been true.
Another reason I feel so happy and blessed in my marriage is because David has always been and continues to be a growing person. He presses me toward a bigger, richer, more interesting life. I’ve learned from him the gifts found in reading, exploring, creating, and curiosity. He’s been an amazing life partner to invite me toward new horizons and has consistently affirmed my own journey of growth and deepening.
My heart is full today as I celebrate my love and notice the rhythms of life that have woven deep chords of solidarity and strength between us. Slow mornings, long walks, shared interests and a perpetual return to this cherished place called home has become the signature of our life together. I’m one happy wife today and recognize the grace in being able to say so.
Our shared spiritual journey has made golden the alchemy of our marriage. We've had periods in a refining fire! And even in these later years have experienced both resonance and dissonance in our individual relationships with Christ and the church. That’s been important and necessary to create space for air between us; for oxygen to ignite our individual spirituality passions. Yet, it’s undeniable that our mutual and individual love for God is an essential alloy contributing to our strong coupling.
I’ve decided that one of the sweetest compliments I can pay David today on our 36th anniversary is to tell him how happy he has made me. So, thank you, my love, for partnering with me in life, love, parenting and grand-parenting, play and work. 36 years is not enough; not nearly. You’ve made me so very happy.