Sunday, August 11, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Dear Christianne:

Fifteen years ago we went with butterflies in our tummies to the temple in Manti, Utah.  Fifteen years ago we looked into each other's eyes and covenanted to each other that we would spend eternity together.  That we would do all we could to help each other along the way.  That we would be loyal and true to each other and to our marriage.

Christi, you have done all that and so much more.  I am so grateful for your patience with and endurance of me.  You have had to deal with so many of my rough edges.  Some have been worn smooth.  Some still remain pretty bumpy!  But still you stand by me and with me.

I am moved to tears as I think about the hopes and dreams we had that day.  (I think I actually wanted to be President of the United States back then, HAH!)  But the hopes and dreams we had for us, for our family.  How differently our family has unfolded than we could have ever hoped for.  And yet, with regard to the most important things, how close to our dream our family has become.

We have nine wonderful children who love the Lord and strive to live as He would have them live.  We love each other more now than we ever have.  We live in a beautiful place in a beautiful home (and in about 10 days will be moving into an unbelievable home!)  

So Christi, thank you.  Thank you for giving your all to me and to our children and to the Lord.  Thank you for enduring the hard times and enjoying the good times.  I love you.  Here's to 45 (or so) more years together here and forever in the eternities.

I love you!



  1. Happy Anniversary to the two of You! Congratulations!

  2. This one deserves a separate comment - because Anniversary's ARE special - extremely special because of what they represent.

    Marie and I celebrated our 30th on the 6th of August - 30 years - and yeah, not all bliss and bluebirds, but rock solid commitment gets you through those times and the bliss and bluebirds make up for the rest!

    It helps to really KNOW your spouse - don't loose that - and it helps to be a little bit crazy too - but you guys know that too - after all - you've traveled around the world a good number of times just to build your family!

    And one thing I see - its the amount of energy you put into your lives - I see that extended to each other...

    and that's the glue that makes it all hold together!

    Happy to know you - happy to share in your love - and Happy Anniversary!

    love you guys - aus and co.


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