Friday, November 4, 2011

I Didn't Know It Could Be This Good

I can remember being a teenager and wondering if I would ever have the privilege of marrying, let alone marrying 'Mr. Right.'

And then I met him at age 17. When I saw him across the auditorium my first thought was, "He is soooo 'out of my league' gorgeous." I thought there wasn't a chance that he would notice me. But I was so wrong! That night we met...and the history!!!!!

September, 1987 (at the Puyallup fair)


1987 (our engagement picture)

September, 1988

November 4, 1989

May, 1990

January 5, 1991 (hours before Lyndsey was born)

January 6, 1991 - Daddy with Lyndsey minutes after birth

December, 1991



Spring, 1995

July, 1997 (Lyndsey - 6, Phyllip - 1 week old)

February, 1998

June, 1999 (Lyndsey - 8, Phyllip - almost 2, Tyler - 4 months)

September, 2002





2009 - Lyndsey's high school graduation



2010 - spaghetti kiss

To the man I have been privileged to share my life with:

As I reflect on the 24 years of our relationship (2 years dating and 22 of marriage), I have discovered that you truly are the man of my dreams. You are everything I ever wanted in a man (tall, dark and handsome :) ). But even more than just physical looks, you are exactly what I wanted in every way. Though I didn't realize it at the time and for many years to come, God made my dream come true.

Thinking about our wedding vows, you have stayed by my side for better or for worse and for richer or poorer; through sickness and health - you have loved me and taken such gentle care of me as I journey through the disease of lupus (Praise God, he has spared me from much suffering). To love, honor, and cherish - you have loved me when I was unlovable, honored me countless times, and cherished me always.

I thought I knew what love was when we said our marriage vows 22 years ago. Ha! How naive I was! Reflection has a way of showing just what I didn't know. As we've aged and continue on our journey of life together, I can say that I do know what love truly is now. And I've learned what true intimate love is. You have shared your innermost self with me. It's so much more than the physical union - it's knowing you on the deepest level. I can look at you at times and know what you are thinking. Someone can ask me a question about you and I can answer it exactly the way you would. Intimacy is KNOWING you!

I am so thankful that God gave you to me to share this life with! You are my best friend in this whole wide world! Outside of my salvation, you are the second best gift I've ever received! I LOVE YOU my SWEATHEART (he he he he!) always and forever!!! ♥♥♥

Mr. Wonderful,
I found the following and it describes you perfectly in my eyes!

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me
Can't you see
Your everything I hoped for
Your everything I need
You are so beautiful to me

Such joy and happiness you bring
Such joy and happiness you bring
Like a dream
A guiding light that shines in the night
Heaven's gift to me
You are so beautiful to me

Love, Mrs. Wonderful