In 1995 I met someone. It was completely unexpected, and I can literally say time stood still for the first time in our lives. We were from different worlds but met at the same point in time and we both knew in that moment there was no looking back and every day forward would be a journey together. I was 27 at the time and she was 19.
Now, here we are on the brink of 2019 looking at a vast wilderness ahead of us, and back at the 23 years behind – still hand in hand, still faces to the wind, still step by step moving forward. Our faith has been tested, but never failed; our understanding has been confused, but always learning; our love has been stretched, but never broken. We have survived life and death and taxes, sickness and sorrow, more than enough and empty cupboards, anger and forgiveness and a stronger love. We have given each other freedom to become what the Lord has planned, knowing the tie that binds will never loosen, and the tether will never allow either of us to stray too far away from the other or the one who holds us together. When one of us has been weak the other has been strong, and when both of us have been broken we have leaned together on the grace and mercy of a loving Father.
There is no way to know what our future holds…we can see only a little way into 2019, beyond that is anyone’s guess. What I do know is that we will be bringing in 2042 built on the strength and resolve of these first 23.
I love you, Jaime…I can’t wait to see 23 more years