There I was, up early after a fitful night sleep. Getting ready to face a day that would have one of the most significant impacts on my life. Wondering if I was ready not only to face the day but to accept the consequences of my decision. Was I ready for this? I was about to change my life in ways that just even a year earlier I never even dreamed was possible. I was about to take a step into the unknown, venturing in to areas that one can never really prepare for until they actually experience it. Was this going to be the worst decision I ever made? Can I handle the commitment I was about to make?
There were so many unknowns! Even the process getting to this point in my life was not the smoothest. I was fortunate; regardless of the direction this would take I would not be alone and be surrounded by friends.
Later, after a day that both dragged on eternally and passed in a blur. After so many faces passed before me, so many people making demands of me, and so many hours of waiting; I found myself standing before a great crowd of witnesses. They all were watching me, observing, and waiting for what would come next. I scanned the crowd nervously searching, shaking, sweating, and going over and over in my head: Did I forget something? Do I even know what I am doing here?
But then I saw her, the beautiful glowing angel appeared. Her garment elegantly flowing behind her. She locked eyes with me and then came closer. She stood before me and said those 2 words that would change my life in more wonderful ways than I could have ever dreamed or imagined: “I do”.
Today (This weekend) I celebrate the 16th anniversary of the day I married Jennifer. My life has been so much richer since that day. What a blessing it is to have my best friend with me day after day, bringing love and joy into my life. Bearing with me during the hard times and rejoicing with me in the good times. Building a life together that I would never have had without her.
Many of you readers were there. Do you remember? We have all changed since that day 16 years ago. Still even with all the things that have happened over the years, my love for Jennifer just keeps growing.
Thank you Jennifer for all these wonderful years. I look forward to many wonderful years to come.