Through it all… AMY. * insert radiant smile here *
There was the summer visit to a small Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, MN, in the summer of 1990 when I would first meet my future bride. She was already a student there, now in their summer training week to be sent out in a Summer Ministry Team. I was a new recruit… potential incoming first year student fresh out of high school. She made an impression.
I registered. I remember September in the new school. Playing games with students in the dorms. Going out to eat with a rowdy crowd of friends. Flirting. A lot.
Then September 27, 1990… We put it out on the table. We walked down by the lake. We said things out loud. We talked for hours.
By the end of that school year I was in love. And this is why I believe in miracles… she was, too.
November 18, 1993… she said yes.
July 2, 1994… she said “I do.”
Now more than half of my life has been hers. And I feel like all the days before I met her were leading up to the day when I did. Amy is beautiful, strong-hearted, quick-witted, adventurous, playful, deeply serious about faith and family, a lover of her boys, and a lover of me. I’m in awe that this is true – as much today as I was in November of ’93. I’ve never met another person so passionate about living out the full faith life Jesus promises in John 10:10 – and doing it with enthusiasm and purpose.
As I often say, and will shout from the roof today, “I married UP!” If you’ve never met my Amy, I can’t wait until you do. She renews my faith in the Almighty’s ability to do the impossible. Sure, she’ll tell you it was a combination of my rock hard abs, charming sense of humor, fashion sense, and technical prowess on the drums that reeled her in. But let’s be real here. Me getting to spend my one life with this beautiful, amazing woman… it’s a miracle of the Lord.
And that’s how I got the girl.
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