"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Monday, January 28, 2008

Another Year, Another Couple Photos of Dubai

Two quick anniversary puzzles for you to solve:

1) What do the first letters of each of my January posts spell? (you can see the list on the sidebar.)

2) Why in the world are there photos from Dubai on this post?

Anniversary #14

I remember our wedding day vividly. I can close my eyes, and I’m there. The church with its dark wood paneling. The friends and family who drove from the corners of the earth to be there with us. The white dress. The quiet time together before the wedding. The food. The birdseed. The outfit you wore as we drove off. Everything.

I’ve told my wife many times—and I still tell others—that the whole day of January 29 back in 1994 was the best day of my entire life. Something incredible was beginning. On that day, we promised to each other, to God and to everyone that what was beginning right there and then was never going to end.

Four children, 17,240 diapers, 4 houses, 3 apartments, 7 cars, 3 jobs and 14 years later, we still got it going on! And I couldn’t be happier.

I’m sure she's just as surprised as I am by some of the things life has brought us. Some of them have been pure joy…some have been pure hell. But through both extremes and everything in between, they’ve been OUR experiences and have brought us to where we are today, and they’ve contributed to who we have become.

In fourteen years, we have become two totally different people from who we were when we were fresh out of college. Can you imagine how sad it would be if we hadn’t changed?

She's become so much more wise in these wedded years. I don’t mean to imply that living with me has made her smarter, but that she is an incredible student of life and of others. She learns from life and from God and has soaked up wisdom from older (Titus 2) women. I’ve been one of the happy beneficiaries of what she's learning, and I look forward to seeing how our lives will carry even more promise as she continues to grow. She's grown even more beautiful. She has grown stronger. She has grown gentler.

And I’ve grown bald.
And fat.

Fourteen years. So much has happened, and so much has changed. That picture of Dubai above shows how much that city has developed and grown in just 14 short years. (So now you know why that picture is there.)

She and I are even more impressive. Sure, Dubai may have an indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert, but we have hair-color kits, princess water, hugs that heal and the four most beautiful daughters to ever walk the face of this earth.

I love Cindy.
Now and forever.


p.s. Here are a couple more photos to demonstrate how much a person can change in 14 years!


Big Doofus said...


Just kidding. This was a very nice letter and I can almost guarantee you that...wait, I don't know you well enough to make a joke like that.

Happy Anniversary!!!

Emily said...

congratulations! When I think of what I hope tim and I's marriage is like in 14 years, I hope we're still as loving, happy, and Godly as you two are. You're an inspiration to us kids just starting out on this crazy adventure!

Cindy said...

I love you. I love you. I love you.
You just got MEGA points. :) Can't wait to kiss you. :)

Cindy said...

P.S. What I see in those photos that has changed is my WAIST!! I was skinny! Who knew? I thought I was chunky back then. HA. Oh to be that chunky.

Iris Flavia said...

A very nice post! Happy Anniversary!

Becky K. said...

Awww..that was sweet.

Becky K.

Emily said...

I am not the Emily who posted above. To differentiate between us just know that she likes jelly beans. I abhor them.

and I think you made up for the scummy spa tub incident of '08 w/ that letter.

Big Doofus said...

By the way, Miss Sniz have been happily married for 15 years and actually married for 25 years.

I'm kidding. Sheesh. We've been VERY HAPPILY MARRIED FOR 15 YEARS AND I LOVE HER. So there!

JAM said...

So did your kids catch you napping on the couch and decorate you with the blue stuff?

Congratulations on 14 years!

Heather said...

Happy anniversary!

BTW, isn't Cindy actually a Senora, not a senorita?

kari said...

Awww! What a loving tribute to your wife and your marriage. You two are very lucky. My husband and I were just talking today about how it's hard to believe we've been married for almost 17 years -- almost half of our lives have been spent together. Pretty awesome! Happy Anniversary!

P.S. I'm having a movie giveaway at my blog, if you are interested...could be a good date night idea.

javamamma said...

Aren't you all brilliant geeky-math-guy? But I don't think I would have got it if not for Heather's comment.

Beautiful post! You guys seem like an awesome couple. Have a fabulous 14-years-together week!

FabTheMayor said...

If I'd put that much thought into a blog, I'd be bald, too!! Too clever; Cindy should be smiling ear to ear now!

Stacy said...

Awww... CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!


Sniz said...

This is very sweet, Scott. It's so awesome and inspiring and encouraging how much you love each other in today's world where to so many people love is fleeting and infidelity is an epidemic. I just read her anniversary post and the love you have for each other is so cool!

Tim said...

Happy anniversary, Scott.

Maybe she'll let you win at Scrabble or something. :)

Gayle said...

Awwwwwwww! So you're not just a comedian after all. You've got a bit of the romantic fool in ya too!

Congratulations you guys!

Cindy Swanson said...

Congratulations! I just read Cindy's post and then yours. Two wonderful tributes from two people whose love for each other is so real and obvious. May the Lord bless you and your family richly!

Lysa TerKeurst said...

That was just simply an awesome post. Seriously awesome.

It will be a treasure to Cindy and your girls forever!

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