.....for all the years you've shared with me.
......for the times you graciously contended with my grumpiness when I came home from work after a bad day.
.....for contending with move after move when it might have been nicer to stay in one place for a while.
.....for going through birth pains five times - a situation no man can ever understand or experience.
.....for being both mother and father when I was off on overseas tours. And lots of other times as well.
.....for being patient when patience probably was hard to come by.
.....for thinking the same thing I was thinking of - maybe two minds working as one. So often in tune.
.....for being the perfect pastor's wife when it was me that got the call.
.....for the time I got a four hour notice to go aboard ship and you packed me up for whatever the duty meant. And not complaining.
.....for enduring one trailer after another.
.....for contending with my specialized kind of clutter when you so loved neatness.
.....for keeping me on the health track when I might have preferred to nutritionally cheat.
.....and for a zillion other things - large and small - you have done and been over all of these 58 years. Thank you from the bottom if my heart.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! With love - the old guy in the blue suit