Saturday, July 12, 2014

Happy 17th Anniversary!



Dear Superman,

In twenty-eight years of knowing you I can't put my finger on when it began.  Maybe it was the hour and 1/2 phone call you made to me when I was in Paris, and we weren't technically dating at the time. Or it might be due to the fact that on the really cold days, like -42, you'd come pick me up for school, knowing I'd have to walk in the cold if you didn't. Yeah- still not dating during that time.

But I think we already knew.  We weren't entirely ready.  But we knew.

It might have started back in high school, when we went on the church trip to New York City. We stood at the top of the World Trade Center taking night photos of the cars down below. Neither one of us talked and yet we were completely comfortable not filling up the space with needless words.

Perhaps its all the treats you bring me now, just because you know I had a REALLY LONG DAY. Or its how much I love the way you say, we'll find a way, don't worry.  

It could certainly be because of all the spontaneity. Like when you say, Really, Toronto, Canada is not too far to drive to in our little Toyota Prius.   And I discover its not really too far.  Or the time when you first got your job in Idaho and were getting ready to move.  But you said "Stay in graduate school.  We can weather a 9 month separation."  Yeah, we did that too.  


It certainly could be the day you said Idaho isn't working for us anymore.  Lets quit our jobs, buy a small blue house and move back to Minnesota to be closer to our family.  Maybe I'll try photography and see if I can make a go of that.  Um hm.  That's what we did.  It could have been that day.

And the worst day.  The day I called, sobbing, saying this time its not cysts in my breast.  I was wrong.  Its the worst imaginable and I don't know how I am going to do breast cancer.  I'm sorry.  And you say, I'll be right there.  We'll just do it, together, and everything will be okay.

I guess thats the thing, really.  Its not any one of these, but its all of them.  Its how we've woven this tapestry of us.  Through the times we are at our best, and the many more times when we are broken, tired, or weak.  It hasn't mattered. Apart, was just never really meant for us for very long.  I can't think of a time in my life, when it ever really will be either.  

So at some point its just been together.  This story of us.  Its about the 17 years of marriage, the 28 years of knowing each other, the 14 years of Nolan, plus the 12 years of  Colton.  Its the forever I hope to know you, to love you, be with you, and weave together the rest of the story of our life.  

24 comments:

  1. Best wishes to the two of you. He is certainly a keeper and a steadfast man. He reminds me of my love, always there to stand beside you through thick and thin.

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    1. I could not say it any better! Glad we are both so lucky!

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  2. An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. Happy Anniversary! Eileen xxxooo

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    1. Eileen- beautifully said! Thank you so much!

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  3. This post for some reason had tears cascading down my cheeks...dripping from my chin...and I am trying to mop them all up.... there was LOVE in every word...every thought..every sharing and I saw your superman..through your lense... Happy Anniversary sweet lady...give your super man a hug from me! I am so thrilled you have each other! and that he LOVES you just as much! xoxox and much love...and prayers..always!

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    1. Will do Peggy Sue- I have no doubt you could say those exact kind of things! Much love to you!

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  4. For those of us who have a man like this in our lives....we are lucky ducks! Happy Anniversary....and many, many more!

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    1. I could not have said it better myself! Thank you!

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  5. So beautifully said. What a treasure you both are. Blessings for many happy anniversaries.

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    1. Thank you Susan- we treasure seeing you and your beautiful words- blessings to you!

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  6. So happy you have such a good man.

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  7. You are both so blessed to have one another. And I'm blessed to have had a chance to know you both. Please tell Superman thanks for letting me borrow you from time to time, and many congrats on another year together!

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  8. God blesses us with the perfect one; He has blessed both of you with each other.
    Happy anniversary to you both.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  9. Happy Anniversry to both of you!

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  10. Happy, happy anniversary to you both. It definitely takes 2 people to make a marriage work. God bless.

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  11. Happy Day to a beautiful partnership.

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  12. Beautiful! Wonderful words of love and commitment. Congratulations and God bless you both richly.

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  13. happy anniversary….to a beautiful couple both inside and out !!!

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  14. Happy anniversary - thank you for sharing the beautiful story...for those of us who have had a different story, it is a story like yours that reminds us of all that is beautiful in relationships, families and keeps us all strong in our faith. Many more years of shared stories and blessings for you and your family.

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  15. Such a LOVE story! When we marry, we have no clue how deep and wide love can be, do we?
    xoxoxo

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  16. What a beautiful story of "you two". Happy Anniversary! May you weave the fabric for many more.

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  17. Happy Anniversary - you have one great love story! Our 17th anniversary was back in May, but we finally celebrated it this weekend.

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  18. Just crying and crying. Think I'm figuring out why I haven't been here for awhile.........Happy belated Anniversary.

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