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?
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.
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!