Thirteen years ago today, I made my vows before God to love, honor, and cherish my bride till death parts us. I did not know then what exactly I was promising. I don't think anyone really ever does. But it has become clear that I have hit the jackpot in the lottery of life and, despite all of my flaws and sin, wound up as the husband of a great and wonderful woman, who is a living testimony of God's grace to me.
She has followed me from Taylor to Indianapolis to Dallas to Cedar Rapids to Chillicothe and along the way been my constant companion, loving support, and best friend. She has given me two lovely daughters and two strong sons, her prayers, encouragement, strong affection, and even loving confrontation when I have sinned. Who could ask for more? Certainly not I.
So Karen, let me simply say how much I love you and that I never knew how much more I would love you today than I did back when. Here's to 13 blessed years, with a prayer for at least 50 more!