Twenty three years ago I said "I do". It was a 97 degree day, the wedding was outside, my cousin couldn't get my husband's name right, the cake split in half because of the heat, and years later I would learn that most of my family placed bets that it would not last more than a couple of years since we were so young (18 & 23). HA! Showed them! Most people who didn't think WE would make it aren't even married anymore! Persistence. No guts no glory.
We have been through the fire. Heartache, illness, loss....we made it through though by the grace of God. We love and respect each other and take pride in our relationship. He has supported me and encouraged me to reach for the stars and fulfill my dreams. We cherish our family and have made it a priority to model a healthy loving relationship to our children and others. Of course we have had days, weeks, months when it seemed like we wouldn't make it, but when we counted the cost, we knew we could make it, we had to make it and honor our vows!
Twenty three years is a LONG time! We have no shelf life, its 23 years to forever. No going back, no trading in for a new model. I have to admit that I did not quite know what I was getting myself into back then, just kind of closed my eyes and held on for the ride! And what ride it has been! I couldn't ask for a more loving, kind, caring, strong, responsible husband, father and grandfather. He's the love of my life and is definitely one of a kind and irreplaceable. Here is to infinity!!!