Karen, you have been a stellar wife for almost 45 years! What a wonderful marriage we have had. Sorry I can’t be with you on this special day. I share some of the highlights, too many to write down. Here goes eight humble attempts:
1 SPECTACULAR WEDDING. I will never forget seeing you walk down the aisle with your father–after you sang the solo verse of “Beautiful Savior.” You were relaxed, glowing, ready for an entirely new life. Then we started living together. Wow!
2 SEVEN CHILDREN. You kept going, even after losing one. Some would have said, “I can’t handle any more,” and I get that. What courage to keep going! What joy now, because you said yes to having more. Your children rise up and bless you.
3 GREAT DATES. I love that we have managed to keep this up all these years. Something to look forward to every week. Thanks for helping me put it at the top of our agenda. Good talks and good times–face to face.
4 RICH VACATIONS. Love yearly trips to California now, but we made some incredible journeys as the kids were growing up–to Montana, Canada, North Shore. We were making memories–and more memories.
5 MINISTRY TIMES. You went with me on some special trips–across the country and across the world. Which was your favorite, Finland? I have too many rich ones to name the top. Now you have chosen a more important commitment than exciting trips…
6 ENJOYMENT OF 14 PLUS GRANDCHILDREN. You do it so well. You raise the bar for what a grandmother is called to be and do. Maybe you should write a book on how to do it, then tutor young grandmothers. I am learning from you more about grandparenting!
7 CARE FOR YOUR PARENTS. You excel at loving your outstanding dad and mom. Thank you for calling them almost every day so we can stay in touch. When they step over, no more calls. You have honored them well all these years. They love you as their firstborn who helps to watch out for them, wants the best for them, laughs at your dad’s jokes, cherishes your mom’s prayers, sings with them, thankful about being brought up in Japan. Way to go, Karen!
8 LOVE FOR GOD. I have saved the best for last. I am thankful that I don’t have to push my wife to have her devotions. You are consistent in the Scriptures, one of your greatest strengths. And you love to share with me what God gives you in the morning. I, too, love a regular time of feeding in the Word of God. So grateful for a godly, mature, fun wife! Let’s go for 25 more years!