(This photo was taken a few weeks before our wedding; man look at all that hair?)
17 years ago today we said 'I Do'. We didn’t have much of an idea of what it meant back then. We were young and idealistic. We’ve been though a lot together, although not as much as some.
We’ve seen success and failure. We’ve had four children and lost one. We’ve bought and sold houses and moved a lot. We’ve bought and sold cars, we’ve gone on vacation and we’ve stayed home. We’ve been busy.
In all that time, through all that regular life, I’ve grown to love and appreciate you even more than I could have possible imagined I would 17 years ago today. You love me even when I can be unlovable or unloving myself. You’ve worked to support your family even when you didn’t want to. You’ve sacrificed your time and money so I can stay home and our children can be educated at home. You’ve put your family first in a society that tells you that you deserve it and personal sacrifice is outdated.
You are a man of integrity, a man of character, a man of God.
I didn’t know what I was getting into 17 years ago, but I’ll never be happier about any decision in my life, than I am about saying ‘I Do’.