Monday, November 9, 2009
Today is my 19th wedding anniversary! At the Seattle Temple, Daniel and I knelt across the alter and were sealed together for time and all eternity. It was the best choice I ever made! I am still blessed every single day because of my choice to marry him. It isn't that our marriage has been without challenges. On the contrary, we have been challenged many, many times. We have had to learn to speak the truth, even when it is painful. We have had to learn to trust that the other has our best interest at heart. We have both had to learn to suck up pride and move forward in faith. We have had to learn to argue effectively, without doing damage to the other. We have learned to put the Lord before our own desires. There have been times when these lessons were almost more than we could bear. The challenges that this life presents can be such a distraction, and can even distort our perspectives into thinking that maybe there was a better choice. But the joy of making an eternal covenant is that we are not only responsible to each other, but more importantly, to the Lord. This has helped us to get back on couse and strive to do better. I can honestly say that I love Daniel more than the day we were married. This is because I know him better now. When I lay in bed at night reading, I love to look over and see his sleeping face right beside me. I love when I say something silly and he laughs and I know that he genuinely likes my jokes. I love when he says my name "Jennifer" and it rumbles deep in his throat like it came from his heart. He is my best friend. We are good together. I am grateful for the 19 years we have had. I look forward to more. I love you, Daniel Thomas Lewis! I will be here forever.