My Dearest Will,
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the second best day of my life, August 28, 1971, the day we became one. Such wonderful memories remain of the most perfect and blessed day, sporting a cloudless cornflower blue sky and a gentle cool breeze. I remember thinking the sun shone uncommonly brighter, joining in the celebration of our union. At 2 o’clock that afternoon the doors to the sanctuary swung open and our eyes met. At that moment I didn’t notice a single guest, only you, waiting at the end of the aisle for me looking so handsome in your tails, wearing your precious smile.
On this thirty-seventh anniversary of that day I’m going to share with you the qualities that not only attracted me to you when we met in 1968, but continued to keep my love for you growing and deepening through the years, until this very day.
Will, you are a good man. Not only kind to outsiders, but especially to those who matter most, your family. The manner in which you honored your mother and sisters, serving them unselfishly, no matter how many times one of them asked you to run to the basement before school to get her socks, was very attractive. You kept your cool, patiently waiting, knowing a day would come when she finally left home for college. You were freed from sock detail in your sophomore year of high school, a task I am honored to perform as your wife…because you are a good man.
Will, you sacrificed for your family. As our children came along you decided that a lengthy commute to work and back home didn’t allow you the time you desired to devote to fathering. When you turned down “The” job downtown, with a nice big salary to go along with the nice big commute, you won not only my heart, but the hearts of your children as well. Patiently you waited for the day when the kids were out of the nest, and that day is here. I do miss you during the long days, but I enjoy our early morning chats, dropping you off at the “kiss and ride”, and the evening commute gives me time to work on crossword puzzles as I wait for your return on the 6:10 train. It’s no sacrifice!
Will, you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Even before we had a child, maybe even before we married, you desired the qualities of an elder. Through the years you made decisions on finances, career, family, time management and other areas based on these scriptures. Watching you patiently build these qualities into your life encouraged the kids and myself to rise to a higher standard. Today, our children and grandchildren, thanks to your decision to love the Lord and follow Him, bless us mightily. I thank you for being a godly leader.
A few years back, our children recited this verse to you as a Christmas gift, along with a framed copy to hang in your office. You truly are a blessed man, but we are blessed abundantly through your choices in life. Thank you for patiently, deliberately and consistently building integrity into your life as you walk with the Lord, then sharing those qualities with your family.
Psalm 1 (NIV)
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
I am honored to have shared you life through the years and I thank God for you daily.
I love you!
Your Dearest Sweetie XO
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