Tuesday, September 25, 2012

19 Moments


"This very moment, 19 years ago, is a moment I'll never forget...I played a great round of golf with my brother, followed by a really good chat...oh, and I also got married later on"

That was going to be my post to recognize my wedding anniversary. While I thought it could be taken OK, with maybe a couple, "Oh, that Greg...what a dork", I think I can do a little better than that to recognize the most important human in my life (guitars aren't human, right?)

See? there I go again.

Here, now, I bring you 19 moments that remind me why I am the most blessed man on earth to marry such a great lady.

1. When you said You love me...
...as we leaned against my old Plymouth Laser in your parents driveway. Nothing makes me feel like I can conquer the world more than a loving woman by my side

2. When you read to me...
...on our trip to Branson, MO, (and most every other trip) you read to me so we could share together what you discovered in that crazy Interweb thing...it's like having my own Siri that truly understands me.

3. When you moved to sit closer to me on the couch...
...just last night. We are nearly at the end of Friday Night Lights, and even though I'm struggling with a lot of mental mumbo-jumbo right now, your nearness soothes me and gives me peace.

4. When I was the first one you called after your piano test...
...which was the only thing standing between you and college graduation...and our new life in Rochester

5. When you held my hand...
...as we walked around Lake Calhoun for the 30th time. I know "I had you at Rocky Rococco", but you held my hand...which we should caste in bronze because it's such a perfect fit, no human-fabricated machinery could do better

6. When you sang...
...the night we met...'Cry Me A River' if I recall. I drove home with Eric saying, "I REALLY like her!"

7. When you screamed...
...with me at Vally Fair the very next weekend. I know it was a group church event, and you had a new boyfriend, but he wasn't there, and you and I had a great day

8. When I prayed...
...at 16 years old that I would meet my future wife soon so I wouldn't have to go through "the whole meet new people thing"..and 4 months later met you (and proceeded to attempt to win you over for the next 6 months)

9. When you made me dinner...
...last night...and many nights. I know it's cliche, but it means so much...and it's so GOOD!

10. When we sang our duets together
...for church a few Saturdays ago...and at church youth events 23 years ago...each time brings me to love you more knowing that my feeble voice sounds awesome with yours.

11. When we shared an ice cream cone
...and you let me have the bottom...which you like, but you know is my favorite

12. When you suggested we go to Lacrosse for our 16th (?) anniversary...
...and we ate Rocky Rococco pizza, toured a brewrery, and visited Dave's Guitars. What a lady!

13. The way you were so strong...
...during our kids medical issues. Maybe we supported each other equally, but I should would not have done well without your eyes to stare into

14. When you walked down the isle...
...during our 'meet the bride' moment before the wedding so we could take pictures (to the tune of "Kiss the Girl). I know brides are supposed to look pretty, but you were absolutely stunning.

15. When you challenged me last week...
...to dive in to help the youth band. We both know going through the motions is not sustainable...and I think you know how much better things would be if I did

16. When you asked me to go...
...on Spring Break during college. What a great, fun, ...really fun trip

17. When you didn't get mad...or even roll your eyes...
...the 17th time I asked the sound guy to, "take the shrill out" during your mic check

18. When we were on stage together...
...at the Civic Theatre during any one of our many shows, and I caught your eye. Even in character, your sparkling eyes lit up my heart

19. When you said "Yes"...
...after I sang "Diamonds Dance On Gold" for you in my apartment and asked you to marry me.


Bonus: When you keep looking so crazy pretty...
...every day! For 19 years of marriage...and over 25 of knowing each other...so simply stunning to this day:

19 years ago:

Today:



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I love you, Lady. What a crazy-amazing-scary-fun-sad-giggly-serious-worshipful-smiley adventure we've been on.

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PS: I do have to say that I'm very glad I wasn't wearing the same shirt in those photos :-) Your love for me would have then included the moment when my whole wardrobe was fully replaced.


3 comments:

  1. I love you...so so much. Thank you for the beautiful list of memories and for the life we have created to together. (Psst...the white blouse I'm wearing in the "ago" photo is still hanging in my closet)

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  2. Great job Greg! What a beautiful example for all couples and to your children.

    P.S. My favorite part of an ice cream cone is the last bite too! (and I gave it to Kirk on Sunday ...)

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  3. Very touching -- great post. Congratulations G & K.

    Oh, and to be 100% truthful -- it's the FIRST time she's given me the last bite of her ice cream cone, but I'm not complaining.

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