But today, as I wake to the morning of our 25th wedding anniversary, I like the view I have. To say I have been married to my best friend, the best man I know, for a quarter of century is the greatest blessing I have in my life. On his calendar, Rick has marked this day as the anniversary of "The Most Important Day in My Life". How I love this man and how blessed I have been to be his wife.
I have mentioned before that when he proposed, Rick promised me that life would be an adventure. This last year has been a rough spot in that adventure as Rick was under investigation and charged by the State Attorney General's office for mishandling public money, with the case being dismissed only two days ago. It has been hard for me to watch the man that I know to be one of the most honest people I have ever met go through something where his integrity was questioned in such a public fashion.
A few years ago a friend gave me a desk calendar that has a scripture and thought for each day. Since it is reusable, it continues to sit on my desk and provide inspiration. Rick had his preliminary hearing on Wednesday. That day the scripture on my calendar was Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." This scripture was perfect for the day.
The courtroom was filled with individuals who know Rick and support him. Even individuals who do not agree with him philosophically, know him to be an honest individual of the highest integrity. This meant so much to him. All the words of encouragement have been so appreciated by all of us. All the hugs have strengthened us. All the baked goods have been enjoyed by our children who found this time confusing that this could happen to their dad, their hero. The passion of Rick's attorney, Cliff Dunn, kept our spirits up with his honesty regarding the issues. In the end, the judge saw through the smokescreens and distractions the AGs office tried to use to cloud the truth and found that there was no crime committed and so dismissed all the charges. What a happy day for us!! In fact I am still doing a happy dance.
Today, I know that I am a better person because I am Rick's wife. He is my biggest supporter. He has absolute faith in me and my abilities. Because of his faith, I find myself willing to spread my wings and take chances. I know he has done the same for our children. He has always been their biggest fan. The girls joke that he is the "No" dad, but the boys will tell them that is really my role. Dad has always been the "You can do it!" dad.
So here we are 25 years together. I am looking forward to the next 25 years and on through eternity.
I loved this video, but let me warn you, it is a tear-jerker.