WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE??!! I don't feel old enough to have been married this long!! :)
I think back on my life 19 years ago and the dreams I had and the things I thought were important, and I shudder to think where I would be if God had allowed me to go down the road I had planned for my life. I was an insecure, selfish, prideful, full of judgment and gossip for anyone that would listen, hurting young woman. I came to you with a history of bad choices, yet you showed unconditional love and forgiveness time and again.
(I know we joke about this, but I really think God prepared you, knowing He would call us to adopt, through the first few years of dealing with me!)
In the Bible, this is how love is described: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Brian, in every essence and meaning of the word, you are LOVE. You are patient (more than anyone I know!); you are not envious, nor do you boast. You honor others (even when I feel it's not deserved); you are not self-seeking. I can honestly say in 17+ years, I have never seen you lose your temper, nor can I understand how you truly keep no record of wrongs (how is that humanly possible? It's not, I know.). You rejoice with the truth (especially when it comes to our children as they grasp right from wrong); you would lay down your life to protect us; you trust, you hope and you never give up. We are married today because your love never failed.
I don't just love you, I'm IN love with you. There is a difference - a HUGE difference. Trust me. :)
I LOVE that nothing phases you. That when I lose my second wedding ring, you tell me, "Jen, it's just a piece of
I LOVE that you are the foundation for which the LORD allowed this family to grow.
Brian, thank you for leading me and our children. Continue to seek God in all you do and He will direct your path for this family.
I Love You because You first Loved me. Thank you. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!