Linda and I were married on Thanksgiving Day, forty-three years ago. So even though the 28th is officially our anniversary, Thanksgiving always make me think of that day and how it changed my life forever.
God brought the perfect partner into my life, a spouse who was committed to our marriage—a marriage where divorce was not an option although I’m sure I pushed her to the brink more than once.
He brought a partner to love me and challenge me to become a better person. A partner who offset my flaws with grace and mercy and patience. A partner and a friend who helped me achieve my dreams and who dreamed with me. A wife who sacrificed for me and our children.
A wife who became a mother who loves her children and tries to soften their harsh father. Through her efforts, we shared letting our children grow into adults we are so proud of.
A wife, mother, and partner who shared the grief of our oldest going home to heaven way too soon.
He gave me a wife who’s faith and strength pulled me through the heart crisis that almost sent me home to heaven as well.
Her love, her patience and her faith have given me a blessed life far beyond anything I could have expected or imagined. Her forgiving heart has kept us together all these years, has sustained me.
With each new day, I realize more deeply how truly blessed I am by Linda and how diminished I would be without her.