It's our 29th anniversary today and it's Father's Day. As we get ready to whoop it up today to celebrate starting with church, I am loaded down with wonderful memories from almost three decades. What do I remember as I get ready to hop into the shower? Here goes:
- The best part of a mission trip to Mali in West Africa a few years ago was when I returned to our local airport and Gladys was waiting for me with a big smile at the bottom of the escalator.
- Waiting for me in the parking lot with the kids in the back seat at lunch time so they could take me out to eat at McDonalds.
- Seeing Gladys walk down the hallway at the hospital towards me the night my mom died.
- Watching her interact with her students in her third grade classroom and seeing how much she enjoyed teaching.
- Working with the kids when they were very young to fill her pre-school classroom with balloons to celebrate her birthday.
- The loving look on her face when I caught up with her in a local grocery store on a Friday morning and seeing her unflappable look after telling her I had just been fired from my job.
- Working together on a homemade video where she taught youngsters how to make change.
- Being there with her for the birth of both kids.
- Many, many walks through the neighborhood talking about issues in her classroom helping me see the importance of teachers and the complexity of teaching.
- Sitting side-by-side when we took our Beagle to the vet to have her put to sleep.
- Being on our downstairs couch watching tv as she worked at her desk putting together lesson plans.
- Working through our daughter's first ear infection when she was an infant and not knowing why she wouldn't stop crying.
I could go on. The memories are rich and they are vast and I thank God for each and everyone of them. We continue to make more. I have been blessed by being married to Gladys and I continue to be blessed.
To God be the glory. It's all a gift from him and I know that.