As Rhonda celebrates her 42nd birthday, I feel moved to reflect upon the last 18 years of marriage. But even before the actual wedding date, we had already known each other for four years. By these numbers, the span of our relationship has endured more than half our lives.
Our marriage is based upon a deep sense of friendship. Over the years, we have always seemed to find comfort in the feelings we share, and no matter how many years have passed, we can still lie awake at night as we hold hands and speak of the beauty and the mysteries of life.
But more importantly, our relationship stands upon a spiritual witness of our oneness; a witness that has strengthened us through every challenge, disappointment, or disagreement.
Our marriage is a blessing, and on a day such as this, I give thanks.
(This is one of my favorite pictures of Rhonda from a few years ago).