Nine years ago this afternoon.....
He stood there with tears in his eyes.......and ice packs in his pockets.
I walked toward the gazebo under the glare of the sun, but I only noticed his face.
He had waited for me...........it was only me he wanted.
I prayed for him and he walked into my life when I least expected it.
Each of our hopes fulfilled, and still many obstacles we would need to face together.
Today is our day to celebrate.......but simply.......for this week is terribly busy.
Nine years ago I would have settled for nothing less than a weekend away and menus without prices listed. Now it's as simple as sweet treats baked for his morning rush.....and poetry left for me on the table.
I Love You
means something totally different now than what it did almost a decade ago.
I don't want to horde him like an object, or desire him only in appetite.
Now I long to stay, and walk forward alongside of him.
Climb the hills and make the hard decisions........together.
The memory of that day in 104 degree weather....surrounded by hundreds of friends and family....seems VERY far away and hazy.
It was the beginning of so much. It was BEFORE these little people.....three whole other lives even existed.
Without that day May 20, 2000........none of our current life would be possible.
So I am thankful.
To you my love for standing there. And to Christ our Lord for seeing us through. Life takes much grace and patience. And I'd do it all over again.
Happy Anniversary Jay