Thursday, April 16, 2009

22 Years and Counting!!

Happy Anniversary to US!!!

I have been married to the same WONDERFUL man for the past 22 years!!! We sat down to a wonderful dinner tonight and Wendy asked us what time we had gotten married. We were married at 11am in the Mesa Arizona Temple. And she said, "Exactly 22 years ago ya'll were getting married." It made me remember kneeling across the alter from my wonderful man and it brought tears to my eyes. I have truly been blessed with a wonderful husband. We didn't know much back then and we had NO idea what the future was going to hand to us. We have been through some wonderful times and some sorrowful times, but we have done it together. Brother Skinner, the man who officiated our wedding, told us to make it to the temple every year as close to our anniversary as possible to remind ourselves of the covenants we made to each other. Unfortunately we haven't been able to go the past three years because the Swiss Temple is too far away. I can't wait to get home to the states where it is easier to get to a temple. We have been to the Swiss Temple once since arriving here in Italy and found it amazing!!!

Dave does so much for me that I could never thank him enough. But I want everyone to know what an amazing man he is. He had no idea 22 years ago that he would have to do so much for me in order for me to just enjoy each day. Since being diagnoised with RA last year, he has had to do ALOT for me. Some days he has to even help me out of a chair!!! But he does it with a kiss and a smile. He has had to put up with my inability to do a lot of things as simple as sweep the floor, cook dinner, or even do the laundry. He helps every chance and as often as he needs to, always with a kiss and a smile.

We have had experienced a lot of sorrow throughout our marriage. We have lost babies before we could hold them, we have lost beloved parents and grandparents. We have had to experience physical hardships with my health and emotional health as well. We have stuck it out together and become stronger individually and as a couple.

We have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Aimee and Wendy, who have become amazing women. They have pitched in in every aspect of our lives. They work, they help around the house, they help take care of Kaitlyn and me. They haven't always done it with a smile, but they are learning to do it more so now as adults with their beautiful smiles. They are amazing!!!

We have also been blessed with a wonderful little Kaitlyn. She has brought so much sunshine into our lives, especially after experiencing so much loss in the nine years it took her to get to us. She is becoming a great help to me and learning so much from her sisters. She will be an amazing woman when she finishes growing up.

I want to my family to know that I love them so much and appreciate EVERY thing they do for me. I LOVE you all very much.


The Christensen Family said...

Hope you have a wonderful day. May you have many more days together and love and happiness.

mrs robinson said...

Congratulations xxxxx