There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Meet my husband best friend and the love of my life. Today, we have been married for 12 wonderful years.

We have know each other since high school, but we weren't good friends until college. Once we started to date, I knew that he was the one for me! And, as much as I have ever heard God literally speak to was when He told me that Joe was the one I would marry. In fact, I knew that I was going to marry Joe long before he knew that I was to be his wife! (I find that so funny!) Of course, he figured it out soon enough and we were married in 1997...the year that Joe graduated from college and began teaching elementary music.

Joe is the best daddy! The girls adore him, as did Mark. I always say that he is the "fun" parent of the two of us. Mostly, you will find him wrestling with the kids, teaching them an instrument of some kind, cooking with them making them laugh all of the time! He sometimes acts just like one of the kids!

The first 10 1/2 years of our lives together were almost straight from a fairy tale. It isn't that we didn't have our problems, but the days were full of love and joy with each other, our children and life in general. Mark's death certainly changed our marriage forever. I need Joe now more than ever and I wouldn't have made it this far without him. Sharing this bitter sorrow and the loving memories of our only son has brought us closer than I thought was possible. I am thankful to have this deeper relationship, but sorry for the price tag that came with it.

My husband is far from am I, but he is perfect for me. I look forward to as many more years as God will give us together...loving each other, our girls and longing to see Mark again at the end of this journey.


  1. Happy Anniversary!

    Would you please email me at jandmb at I'll explain more via email.

  2. What a beautiful post!
    Happy Anniversary :)

  3. Happy anniversary to you both! I hope you shared some special time together today.

  4. I ran across your wedding program the other day - it was a beautiful wedding! Seems like it was just the other day...
    I thank God for Chris every day - he is perfect for me (and the 'fun' one in our house too)! Love and miss you both!

    (happy birthday :)