Today is our anniversary. I wish I could say that it has been rainbows and happiness the whole time. It hasn’t and we live an
normal average life.We have had all of the average problems, health issues, money issues, parenting issues, car issues, dog issues. Some of those are better now that the dogs are older and the cars are younger. So instead of bragging about how forgiving we are…how we don’t carry grudges, how we never fight, how miraculous it is being married to such a perfect person. (Please don’t spit the coffee out on the laptop, computers don’t handle moisture well.)
I am writing a thank you to all those that have invested in our marriage and helped us through the hard spots, because frankly we are real people just like you.
If you ever watched our kids (wild as they were) when they were young and we were too, thank you so much! You allowed us to touch base again and remember how much we do enjoy spending time together.
If you ever taught us at church or a Bible study, thank you, because you enabled us to see that God has the ultimate hand in our lives and also in our marriage. You probably taught about money, forgiveness, how much we fail, how much we need to forgive others, the list is endless.
If you ever went out for coffee as friends to either one of us, you have helped to keep us sane and helped us laugh hysterically or listened to us as we spilled our hearts.
If you ever spent time just hanging out, you have helped us feel not so isolated.
If you ever talked about your life, kids, marriage, life issues or money, thank you because you helped us to remember that life at times is hard for everyone.
If you ever brought a meal when one of us was recovering from surgery, thank you; you helped us make it through another day with less frustration.
If you ever allowed us to help you, thank you because you have and are teaching us to reach out and not be so focused on ourselves.
I guess what I am saying is that it takes a lot of people helping to help a couple make it that long. Thank you for sharing your lives and friendship. When you reach out to someone you are making a difference in their lives and marriage.
P.S. Thank you for sticking through the thick and thin times! I still love to hold your hand.