It was thirty years ago today Darla and I got married. We canâ€™t believe it has been that long already. When we said our vows on June 6, 1981 we had promised to â€˜love, honor, and cherishâ€™ each other for a lifetime. When you are in your twenties and full of â€˜loveâ€™ it is easy to say things like that.
You can live a whole new lifetime and still not be fifty years old. Thirty years later we still want to be married a lifetime. Only now a â€˜lifetimeâ€™ means another fifty years. That is something worth living for.
Darla and I went to Tucson for dinner. There wasnâ€™t a particularly romantic place to eat here in Benson, AZ. One of the locals said they thought there was a restaurant in town that had dim lights. As inviting as that sounded we thought our thirtieth anniversary deserved a bit more. Darla gave me card. As personal as the card is, Iâ€™d like to share with you what she wrote.
It is hard to believe we have been married 30 years. I still feel like your 20 year old bride and you still have the charm ofÂ my 26 year old groom.
A lot of life has been lived since we said â€˜I doâ€™. I could never have imagined then where God would lead our life. AndÂ I was okay with that because I just wanted to be next to you on our journey of marriage.
Thank you for helping to make me a better person and for completing me. You have loved me, adored me, cherished me, blessed me, and stretched me like no one else could.
Our children are the greatest gift we could give the world. They will become the legacy of our love.
I will forever and always be your bride. I love you, Darla.
I am the most blessed man on this earth.