Eleven years ago today, August 8, 1998, in South Bend, Indiana at the former Don Moyer Church of Christ (now Living Stones Church), I took in marriage Laura Joan Martin to be my bride. We will celebrate the evening by going out to a simple dinner at the Apoloosa Bar & Grill on 16th st. in downtown Denver. The simple dinner is fitting of who we are…simple people, simple Christians.
As I reflect back on the last eleven years, it seems like such a short distance between 1998 and 2009. Yet it has been eleven great years. That is not to say that we have not had our challenges, most notable the unexpected death of our first child, Kenny. Yet we have been blessed with eleven years, three children (Kenny, Caryn, and Jared), wonderful parents and families on both sides of the marriage, the blessing of have been priviledged to travel many places including Brazil, meet many new friends, and grow in faith together and in love for each other.
At the center of it all is God. I thank God that he has blessed me with such a wonderful wife as Laura, who is both a great wife and an equally great mother. I know for certain that I would not be where I am today and who I am today if it was not for Laura and how God has worked through Laura to bless me.
The best way to describe our last eleven years is “aventurous love.” I say that because love has certainly been the bedrock of our marriage, a love for each other and an even stronger love for God. Yet it has also been adventurous. I was raised in La Porte, Indiana and prior to meeting Laura, I though I would have remained in La Porte. Since meeting Laura, we have visited approximately 35 different states, along with Canada and Brazil., we have made friends with people from all around the world, and now lived in six different states (AR, CO, MN, MO, NY, & TN).
Thank you God and thank you Laura. I love you God and I love you Laura.