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Today, November 26th, is the anniversary of my marriage to Melanie.

It’s mind-boggling to me that it has been 25 years. 

Melanie is still the most beautiful person I know, and I’m not just referring to the way she looks. She has truly exemplified the commitment of marriage. She has been a rock through any and everything I have grown through.

I know I was difficult to live with for a good portion of our early years. Coming into our marriage I was a person with a very low self opinion, who always saw the glass as mostly empty, and with a track record of walking away from things when they got tough. Not an ideal way to start the biggest commitment a guy can make (there were family members wagering we would not make it six months!)

Yet she was patient and tolerant of my behaviors and poor thinking….she loved me and demonstrated true commitment to me to the point where  I began to be truly committed too. I can say that now I am a person who is known for keeping commitments, and I owe a large part of that to Melanie. She taught me this cornerstone.

God knew what I needed in my life. I needed Melanie Christmas (now THATS a Christmas present:-).

She has helped me and exampled for me in countless ways. She stood by me through penniless times and failures. She has encouraged me and challenged me. In essence, she has simply loved me through life. I think that’s what marriage is suppose to be all about. Two people loving each other through the journey of life.

Thank you Mel, I love you completely, and I look forward to the next 25 years of the journey.

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