12.01.2011

Happy Anniversary!

"Sometimes two people stay together for the sake of the kids -- two kids who sat under a full moon and pledged to be forever true." ~Robert Brault


I am a real fan of Robert Brault. He has a gift of words that I wish I had. Since I don't, I enjoy his gift and the above quote has been on my mind ever since I read it. I suspect it's because we (Mark and I) are nearly ready (on Dec. 21) to celebrate our (gulp!) 37th anniversary.

I was just telling our Natalie that back when we were dating (when we were those kids!), I wasn't particularly careful, cautious or prayerful about who I chose. I just got lucky and fell in love with the right man. And I was equally lucky that he fell in love with me, too.

We have had a huge variety of experiences together as we have zig-zagged back and forth across the country. Life has been full of learning together -- through all kinds of experiences, some wonderful and some not so great. I am so grateful for him in my life. He has been and continues to be the constant that I lean on in every circumstance. There are things we have been through together that I could not have handled without him.

Mark is smart, funny, spiritually in tune, a hard worker, devoted to his family, a great dad and a super wonderful Grandpa. (Who else would not only go along with regular phone calls to his office line during working hours so that a precious 3 year old can hear him say "Hi, Simey!" but be thrilled with the opportunity?!) He works so hard for us and would do anything for anyone who needed his help.

I am grateful that when we met, I was behaving well enough that he wanted to be with me as much as I wanted to be with him. And that now, knowing what he knows about me (37 years worth, and it's not all good!), I feel blessed that he's willing to go on - -as far as we can go -- together.

And I get to keep him. I am blessed, for sure.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! I hope your day will be a great one. I am glad that as you zigged and zagged across the country, you made a stop in Nashville. We all love you both!

Emily said...

you 2 are my favorite :)

Ashley said...

Happy almost anniversary! Miss you guys!

Natalie Scott said...

Mark is a treasure for sure, and so are you Jan! I'm thankful for you both. Love you. Let's get to that lunch soon, shall we? ;)

Carrie Page said...

Happy AnNEARversary. haha...I am too clever. I echo Jennifer's comment...glad you both zig zagged through Nashville. Congratulations.

Robert Brault said...

Jan, thanks so much for bringing my words to life. They were clearly meant to caption that photo. A heartfelt Happy Anniversary to you and Mark. rb

Neely Fam said...

I have and will continue to always look up to you guys as an example. Congratulations!!

100 Percent Cottam said...

super glad you two got together! ;)

RD Robertson said...

Happy anniversary! Wishes your happy & healthy long life. BTW you are looking so awesome in this black tops.