Well, we had a wonderful visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Oswald last evening and today. Traveling through to visit family, they spent the night here and it was great spending time with them — what a remarkable couple!
As we chatted we began to look through some old pictures, and in digging I came across a picture album my wife had collected with some photos related to our wedding just under 19 years ago. Being of (ahem) modest income at the time, we had made our own invitations and printed them at Kinkos. On each one was the verbiage my Beautiful Wife-To-Be and I composed:
As time passes all of us meet many people and make many friends. If we are blessed, there appears one friendship that comes to mean something different… a person whose values, hopes, dreams, aspirations, character, and dedication to God not only match our own, but enhance our own in a beautiful and wondrous way. It is then that we experience how love can move two people to forsake two lives apart for one life together. Please share with us the beginning of our new life.
Finding that made me think that this blog might be a good opportunity to say for the record what a remarkable woman I have and how blessed I am that I married her before she got smart enough to know better. 🙂
Knowing folks like the Oswalds whose marriage has continued longer than my Beautiful Wife and I have been alive and is still going strong is encouraging to me, and I hope that we can be such an example to our children of how God’s approach to things really does work when we’ve reached the same point they have.