Monday, March 19, 2007

19 years - This one's for you, baby

Today Johnny and I celebrate our 19th anniversary! Wow! In a way it seems like forever and in a way it seems like just yesterday... This morning, at breakfast, Jacob asked what we were doing at that specific time 19 years ago. Johnny and I both tried to think of what we might have been doing on the morning of our wedding. Such a funny kid! To say the very least, the last 19 years have been quite an adventure and I am thankful to have been a part of every bit of it. There have been some really hard times...those times that pull you together because it seems like each other is all you've got -- besides the ever present God who never leaves and never forsakes. There have been some really exciting times; like birthing three children, going to Israel at a very tense time, being in Greece the day our President declared war and celebrating our 15th anniversary there, seeing parts of the country together that we've never seen before, buying 4 houses together (and lots of home improvements!) and selling 3 of them... the list goes on... There have been sad times but way more happy times and way more really great memories...

Baby, I would not have wanted to miss one moment of the last 19 years with you. God has been so good to us -- I feel so unworthy. I am so proud of you...you are amazing! You are a great dad, an awesome pastor, a wonderful husband, and my best friend. You encourage me and, as you like to say, believe in me more than I believe in myself. We were made for each other - our strengths and weaknesses fit where the other is lacking. I love it when we have the same thoughts or say the same thing at the same time. I love it when one of us is really mad at one of the kids the other one is able to stay calm and bring the other one down. (ha!) I love it that we have the same vision for our kids' future and the same vision for ministry. I love it that we like to do the same things and would rather be with each other than anyone else. wow, that means a lot! Thank you for taking care of those hard things that I don't want to deal with, for rescuing me (even when I don't want you to!), for loving me like crazy, for being patient with me and some of the crazy things I do, for letting me stay home and be a wife and mother for all these years, for helping me realize my hopes and dreams and even helping to see that seasons change and the future is bright...

I love you more today, more this moment than I have ever loved you...it just gets better!

Happy 19th! Jeanette

1 comment:

johnny.dickerson said...

baby,
wow,...19 years. there is one thing i know for certain you are the best blessing apart from salvation of my life. you are my answer to eph 3:20 "to him who is able to de exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think". it is a little out of context, but you are above all i could have asked God for and above all i could have thought of for my spouse. you are awesome and i love you!!
johnny