Yesterday, we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary! So hard to believe that 17 years ago I walked down the aisle and married my high school sweetheart. As the two of us took our vows on that alter, I know that we could not imagine the journey that God would take us on. In those moments, newlywed bliss was all that was on my mind....I imagined a life of laughter, smiles and no worries. As with life, that is not exactly what has taken place. There has been bumps, curves, downhill and uphill fights. But, through it all God has been faithful and the love that I felt for Beau on that day has only grown. The vows that we took, seemed so straightforward and simple...to have and to hold, in richness and in poor, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. The positive side is so much simpler to uphold sometimes - on good days, when the bills are paid and the kids are behaving and he smiles as I walk by - my heart still jumps a beat for Beau, just as it did in the halls of Virginia High School way back in 1992. Now, when the checkbook looks sad, the kids are killing each other in the other room, the house is a wreck and he has 101 things to do....I still love him but I would say it is a different kind of love!!
But let me tell you, when you see the man of your dreams laying on a hospital bed, now the love factor deepens to a new level. For the past month, Beau has suffered and still recovering from some pretty serious stuff. He has been a pretty awesome patient (90% of the time), and loving and taking care of him has been as easy to me as breathing! And, I know from experience that he would do the same for me.
I am so thankful for the past 17 years of marriage and for the past almost 20 years that Beau has been by my side. I am thankful for the laughing, the crying, the good times, the bad times, the sickness, the blessings....because I know that is what has strenghted us. I know that the road won't always be easy and right now there seems to be a lot of stuff coming at us, but I know that together we will face it and we will come out, one way or another on the other side.