Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Anniversary


Well...I can't quite believe it. How the time has passed. So much has happened......

Today, March 21st is my 10th wedding anniversary (roaring applause)....thank you, thank you, thank you....

Ten years ago, I was just waking up. My best man, Mark, had come to my parents house to come and get me. I remember that I had over slept. Remarkably, my only responsibility that day was to get to the church and say "I do". I think that was good planning. When I got to the church, there were people everywhere. Everyone was running around getting things ready. Guests were arriving. People that I hadn't seen in years, but who were a part of the fabric of my life. It was pretty cool. I remember, since I had just woken and shaved and showered that my neck was a little red and blotchy from the razor. I was self-conscious about that. Then, all of a sudden I was taken up to the front of the church, with all of those friends and family staring back at me, and then the music started. The rest is a blur, right up until everyone stood up. Then my eyes were drawn to the back of the room and I saw the most beautiful women I had ever seen, in a pristine white gown, and I remember that I felt breath taken for the very first time in my life. There was my wife to be. The one that I was going to live with for the rest of my life. Share all of the good stuff....and the bad. Go through stress, and joy with. Grow, and change, and mature with. She would be the one that would know me more intimately then anyone else in the world. All of this was flooding my mind as quickly as Sharon's steps towards me. Our ceremony was great. It was our chance to say and show everything that we wanted. And we did.

Since that day, life has been nothing short of a complete adventure. Things that we never expected...happened, and some things we planned for....never came to pass. Life is funny that way. But, the one thing that has been exactly as I expected (and hoped for) is that Sharon and I are in this thing together. It is our joy to travel together, through the mystery of this beautiful land. And I know, that no matter what the journey brings, that at the center are two very different people that are committed to drawing closer together...and binding tighter...every day.

God has blessed us with so many things. He is the source of our strength. My hope for the next 10 years is that He would continue to build us up, together...so we can say forever....again.

8 comments:

Sharon said...

I love you... The words and emotions all seem to be stuck in my head and can't come out! I hate that! My heart is so full it feels like it's going to burst! I love you so much. You are truly the best husband/father/friend any girl could ever hope for!

Pastor's Perspective said...

Congratulations! We in the Kiefer Tribe love you both so dearly and appreciate more than you know the many ways you reflect that back our way. May the good Lord bless you both with many many more years of family sunshine, priceless memories, and great health to enjoy it all. Your journey together is a treasured one to God and us. Blessings!

Steve

SPONGEMOM said...

That was BEAUTIFUL!
I wish you and Sharon another 10 years and more!
God has truly blessed you and your family and it’s wonderful
that you acknowledge Him for it.

Luv ya guys!

Mom and Dad said...

As spoken before, we are so proud of you and your commitment to each other. Life has a way of always bringing us adventures! God Bless you and love you, always and forever!

Natalie said...

Jeramy... Jeramy... Jeramy... I am not a "cryer"... But I am crying... This is so beautiful!!!! Congratulations you two!!! I am so glad (sniffle, sniffle) that you guys are threaded into the fabric of our lives too... (WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! I have to go get more tissue...)

Natalie said...

Oh! And dont get too excited because I did set up an Google/Blogger account so I could leave posts on your blog!

Anonymous said...

OH MY!! Mushy Mushy!!! Just what I needed!!

Love you both so much!!

Happy Anniversary!

Nicky

Amanda Mays said...

That is the sweetest thing ever! I'm seriously tearing up you two are so amazing! Happy belated anniversary! I wish you many many many more years of wedded bliss!