Celebrating Some Milestones
Milestones come and go in life, some we stop to celebrate, some we rush right by. Today, I reach two milestones, and I’m gonna stop to celebrate them.
One, Jen and I celebrate our 13th anniversary. Yes, it was 13 years ago today that I said those two words that would forever change my life. Do you ever think back and wonder what your life would be like today if you hadn’t made the choices you made all those years ago? What kind of a person would I be today if I’d never made a choice to follow Christ? Where would I be if I’d given up on my writing after the umpteenth rejection? What would I be like if I said “I don’t” instead of “I do”?
Obviously, I don’t know the answer to that last question, but what I do know is that I wouldn’t be where I am today. Jen is such a huge part of who I am and where I am today. She motivates me, encourages me, chastises me (when I need and deserve it), keeps me grounded, keeps me pointed in the right direction, and keeps me happy. For 13 years she’s kept her promise, through better and worse, richer and poorer, sickness and health.
The second thing I’m celebrating today is living to see another birthday. Yes, we got married on my birthday. I turn 38 today and I’m going to finally prove I’m a real pistol, a .38 Special!
We’re going to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary here in Maine by taking a cruise on a lobster boat and stuffing ourselves with seafood afterward. The weather here is sunny and in the low 70s and I wouldn’t want to celebrate this day any other way. The last time we were in Maine was three years ago, a year before we found out I had colon cancer. It’s odd to think that even then that monster was growing in me and I had no idea. But it’s gone now and we can celebrate . . . celebrate life!