And to think… she hasn’t ditched me, dissed me, or decapitated me!

Ten years ago today… well, I won’t get into the digestive system trouble I was experiencing — it was memorable, but only because of the mixture of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety over what was happening later…

The fact was that at 6:30pm on that Friday in 1998, I was going to watch the most gorgeous creature God could’ve possibly designed walk down the aisle… toward me! And I was going to commit my life to her. The thought was staggering…

It had been a whirlwind courtship. 7 months earlier, I had walked into a service where she was singing and leading worship. She instantly grabbed my heart. That very day, I took her for her first motorcycle ride. My roommate stood with jaw agape as I asked her to go for a ride with me — he knew that I had made it my habit not to date. Thankfully, he closed his mouth (could’ve gotten embarrassing).

Two months later I knelt down in front of a small crowd of close friends and family (at her Mom’s birthday party) and asked the most important question of my life. Thankfully… she said, “Yes!” (And smiled, too!)

Since then, she’s discovered nearly all of my many faults. We’ve had ups and downs, sometimes it seems like more downs than ups. Some of the dreams we’ve dreamed are still in the future. And yet, miraculously… she’s still here.

Jill Johnson, my wonderful bride!

Jill Johnson, my wonderful bride!

Today, she’s more beautiful than ever. I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of getting to plumb the depths of her inner beauty, which has revealed the source of her outer beauty. With each passing day, week, month, year, and now decade (!) I learn more and more how truly blessed I really am to have her by my side. To say that I trust her heart completely is an understatement. To say that she completes me, even more so.

Without her, I would be so incredibly deficient. She is truly a gift from God.

I’ve always said that I married up. How far up is something I thought I understood, but today continue to learn how much I didn’t know.

She’s my joy, my prize, my delight. She’s the mother of our most amazing daughter. She’s an enterprising, creative, thoughtful, gifted, and talented person.

And somehow… she’s with me! I am continually humbled and reduced to gratitude for that. I still have no explanation for why she would have chosen to partner with me for life. Nor for her great patience and strength of character that would cause her to stick by that decision.
Thank you, Sweetheart, for the absolute best 10 years of my life. Thank you for sharing them with me. Thank you for overlooking my faults and for somehow loving me.

Here’s to many more decades!

With all my love… always,