19 Years

by | Aug 9, 2011 | Marriage

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I married my best friend 19 years ago today.

Nineteen years…that sounds like a long time, doesn’t it?  I have to say, I’m proud of Bill and I for sticking it out all these years.  There were times that it might have been easier to give up on our marriage and each other.  There were times when I questioned if we were going to make it.  There were times that were so hard, and unpleasant.  But we took it one day at a time.  We trusted that God, who brought us together, would help us with each situation, and would give us what we needed to make it through.  And He has…time and time again.  God has always been in the center of our marriage.

We have experienced together such joyous times…and those times have far outweighed the tough times.  I think back to our early years in our marriage, and they make me smile as we were still adjusting to living with each other and still learning about each other.  I think back to when Ali and Zach were babies and we were trying to keep our heads above water…both emotionally and financially.  I think back to times that we knew without a doubt that God was providing all we needed…and amazingly enough, He continues to do so.

There’s no one on this earth who could love me in the ways that Bill loves me.  God knew what He was doing when He put us together as life partners. 🙂  Bill is an incredible man.  I’m thankful he’s MY man.  He’s got a heart of gold and he’s a wonderful husband and father.  He gives up so much for his family, and He loves me, even when I might not deserve to be loved.

He asked me on Saturday as I walked to him from across the soccer field at Zach’s tournament, “You look great!  Would you say yes to me again?”  I didn’t quite understand him.  He asked again, “If I asked you to marry me all over again, would you say yes?”  I responded with a big yes!

I absolutley would say yes all over again, Bill!  Thank you for these wonderful 19 years together, and I look forward to many, many more with you!!  I love you!  Happy Anniversary!

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