Covenant Marriage

On Oct 16, 1993 I proclaimed to the world that I had "found the one   whom my soul loves" (Song of Solomon, 3:4). The Covenant we made that day is still just as strong today as we celebrate 17 years of   marriage. But we've been together for almost 20 years, and I still   remember the day we met as if it were yesterday.

I had just arrived home from work (I was a DJ at a local radio station) and Phyllis and her friend, Shannon, came by the house to invite me and my roommates to a party. I was the only one home, so I went with them. (If you want to see the full story--in the style of Alice's Restaurant--click here:

The party itself was a pretty low-key event. A small group of us decided that it would be fun to play cards and I suggested my favorite game, Rummy. Phyllis had never played Rummy, so I volunteered to be her teammate and teach her the game. Today, we still have a set of rustic King and Queen wall hangings displayed prominently in our living room as a reminder of that night.

We saw each other a few more times, and within a couple of weeks I had finally experienced what so many talk about concerning love: I knew that I had found "the one." Of course, I wasn't a kid any more, and I knew the dangers of rushing love, so I kept my thoughts and feelings   private for the time and decided instead to journal them. My plan was to say in the journal all the things I wanted to say to Phyllis, and then present it to her as a gift the night before our wedding. Even long after our verbal commitment to one another had been affirmed, I   continued to journal my deepest thoughts for two years.

Through the years, Phyllis has been the kind of wife and mother that   every home needs: Kind, compassionate, committed, positive, inspiring, and so much more. But more than that, she has been my soul mate, my love, my life. I am looking forward to the next seventeen years with great anticipation of all we will experience together.

Happy anniversary, Phyllis. I love you.

-- Sent from my Palm Prē

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