It was the summer of 1994. I was a seventeen year old girl sowing my wild oats and he was a twenty-three year old trying to start a life as a responsible adult. We met, of all places, at a party. You know, the kind that cops break up and your parents get called kind of party. He made me laugh several times that night and has been making me laugh for the past twenty years after. We spent the summer of 1994 together and formed a relationship that is still going strong today.
After almost six years of dating, we were married on June 17th, 2000. It was the perfect wedding. It was my dream wedding. I loved everything about it. I felt like the most beautiful bride in the world that day. The dress, wedding, wedding reception and honeymoon were amazing.
I would love to tell you that our marriage was like our wedding day and it has all been roses and sunshine.That would be a big fat lie, though. It’s actually been two individuals with two totally different personalities trying to learn to love each other in spite of, and sometimes because of, our differences.
My darling husband is an introvert and is happy to stay home everyday and not be around a lot of people. He is pretty quiet and is the kind of person who people listen to when he has something to say. I, on the other hand, am an extrovert. I talk nonstop, and I don’t have secrets because I tell them to you in first hour I’m with you. I can be loud and very moody. He’s a dreamer who is very passionately absorbed in the things he loves. I am a stay inside your box don’t come out of your comfort zone kind of gal. He’s a, “Let’s try a new adventure and see where it leads us kind of guy.” I am an, “Are you crazy? Things are working just fine the way they are and I see no need to change that.”
I love him so much and he has been so good for me. I want to take a minute and share with you some of the reasons I love this husband of mine.
He held me every month while I was crying because the stick didn’t turn positive for a pregnancy…again.
He set up a bow for me so that I could shoot with the guys, and then helped me set up a stand to bow hunt out of. He was so excited when I shot my first deer. We couldn’t find it that night and he barely slept the whole night thinking about it and worrying that we wouldn’t find it.
He encouraged me when I wanted to quit being a hairdresser and try something else.
When we finally became parents, I got to see him grow into the most wonderful father a little boy could ask for. He loves our child and is so patient and supportive of him.
He never lets me get too worked up about things. “It will all be fine. No sense in worrying about it.”
I had to have major surgery when our son was three years old and my husband wouldn’t leave my side and stayed at the hospital overnight with me.
He watched me struggle with the diagnosis of secondary infertility and has loved me through it.
He moved us to Kentucky because he believed it was best for our family and then sent us home to MI the first Christmas here because I was having a mental breakdown being away from my family at the holidays.
I love watching him teach our son to do all kinds of things that a young man should learn to do.
I loved dreaming with him about having a nice piece of property to hunt deer and watching that dream come true for us.
I watched him take care of everything around his parents house when his mom was dying. He cooked, he cleaned, and he took care of Evan so that all I had to concentrate on was taking care of Edna.
He looked me in the face, held me, and told me I could continue to take care of his mother even though I was exhausted and didn’t think I could go on anymore.
He did the eulogy at his mother’s funeral and there was not a dry eye in the room.
We have worked on many projects over the years side by side even if we did not always get along doing it.
He built our house by hand and is amazingly smart and gifted.
He does dishes, laundry, cooks, and takes care of anything around here that needs to be done.
His co-workers have great respect for him and talk highly about him.
He gives a lot to others and most people are not aware of that.
He is wise beyond his years.
He has the best sense of humor of anyone I know. He makes me laugh everyday.
See how lucky I am to be married to this man for fourteen years today! I love him more today than the day I married him. This life we have built together as a married couple is fantastic. I don’t deserve him, but I will take him, and I will try not to take him for granted.
I love you Glen. You are my rock, my protector, my provider, and my partner. After my Lord and savior, you’re number one baby!