|Amanda at age 21 (the picture on my desk since then)|
I asked her to marry me six months later on the rocks of Mackinac Island. She knew I was going to. She could see the ring box in my pocket. We were married in my mom's backyard overlooking Lake Huron.
We have walked for almost twelve years together as husband and wife. Amanda is my best friend and has become such a partner to me that I can truly understand why God said to Adam, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”(Genesis 2:18 ESV) As we have added children, I have seen in Amanda God's equipping grace and have come to admire her, trust her and depend on her more and more. As she draws closer to God, God uses her to push me closer to him. I have never been a part of something that is more sanctifying than my relationship to her.
Today is her birthday. On the 24th we will celebrate our 12th anniversary. I praise God for my wife. I praise God for how he has give me just exactly what he knew I needed in her. I look forward to as many days, months and years that God wills for us to be together. I love you, Amanda. Happy Birthday!
Amanda may not like this. Some of you know how she is averse to having all the attention on her. In writing this and going through these photos, I am reminded again who you are and why I love you so much. Take a deep breath. "Didn't we have the fun?!" Can't wait to see what God has for us next.