Five days ago, Vonda Kay and I entered the twenty-sixth year of our marriage. (Happy 1/4 of a century, Babe!) On June 24, 1995, we stood before "God and these witnesses" as Rev. Elmo Cook issued the vows which we promised to keep "'til death parts us." We are both still very much alive and are keeping our vows. Mostly.
Some days I am less patient than I promised to be. Other days, even though I pledged to be selfless, "ish" replaces "less."
Clearly, we are doing something right (lots of "somethings" really). When I say that I am a blessed man in reference to my wife, I do so with joy and full awareness. My wife is awesome! Her "yes" in October of 1994 and "I do" in June of 1995 have been added to countless times with her words of "I love you," "Thank you," "I'm proud of you," "Good job," "I love it when I see you...," "You're...," and the like.
In Chapter 8 of my book The Ordinary Way, I write about the gift of marriage by drawing attention to four actions that spouses should take to remain faithful to each other. Here I share a portion of that chapter.
Thank you for the past 25, Vonda Kay. I look forward to many more. Thank you to everyone else for reading my blog. Share it with someone who comes to mind.
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