Today is our fifteenth wedding anniversary.
I would say that it doesn’t seem like it has been that long, but we have packed an awful lot of living into fifteen years. Four pregnancies. Three babies. Three owned homes in two different states. Two church families. Bankruptcy. Recovery from bankruptcy. Serious illnesses. Settling into a new normal.
And, there has been a steadiness of love and faith through it all.
We had fifty-eight guests on that wedding day: that sunny, windy April 2, 2005 at Epworth-By-The-Sea. Seven of those individuals are no longer on this Earth. I was adamant that there would be no video and I do not regret that wish but I desperately wish now that I had a recording of Glenn on the organ and Niki singing “Dank sei dir Herr.”
It was a beautiful day, which has turned into a beautiful life together. I couldn’t ask for more.
I love you, Jared.