Last night when you asked me if I wanted to do something special for our 35th wedding anniversary I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t speak because I selfishly want 35 more years of being married to you. I couldn’t speak because I want it all my way or our way but we both know we can’t have it that way.
We have never been very good at giving gifts to each other for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. I know why material gifts have never been important to us; it’s because material items can’t compare to the simple gifts we give each other every day.
Mark, you have been so good to me and so patient with me for 35 years even though I had so many silly ideas. And I know I probably drove you nuts because of my social schedule. Thank you for giving me loose reins to pursue my love for people because I know I overbooked our lives many times but you always seemed to help me make it work.
We both know what a gift Chad, Kelly, Corey and Bryan have been to us. I’m glad we compromised on the number of kids we decided to have. If we would have had eight kids like I wanted, our household would have been super crazy but four kids actually was perfect and more manageable. Thank you for always being my checks and balance husband. You always seem to gently pull me back to reality.
Sometimes when I look at you I can’t speak without crying because I don’t want to leave you. I love us together and I love our life. We don’t really know what our future holds but if you continue to help me make sense of what is happening in our lives life will be great as long as I am with you.
I love you like crazy.