8 years later

This weekend we are headed off to the lake for a mini-vacation. It has been awhile since we have been able to go as a family so we will have a great time. We have to be careful with Dori as she has strict orders to stay out of the sun. That’s tough for her because for years she had such a great, deep dark tan and could go in the sun as much as she wanted without much care at all. Oh, the good ‘ol days.. On Monday Dori and I will celebrate our 8th year of marriage. Dori was a literal answer to a prayer for me and is a real special person. Although no one has ever asked me this I will throw it out there: If I had known 8 years ago that Dori would go through the radical physical changes and medical problems that she has, would I still have married her?

The answer is an emphatic -yes! I have learned more and grow more as a person from knowing Dori than anything else I could have experienced in the last 8 years. Dori is an amazing person and if you know her at all, you know what I mean. Dori is unique in today’s world because of how unselfish she is and how willing to express her love for people so easily. Dori has a way of letting you know that she cares for you that is very special, it is a real gift that she has. I wish everyone could experience what it is like to be loved by someone who can express their love so well. I certainly can’t do it, but I’m glad my wife can.

I’m glad my kids have a Mom who can make them feel loved so passionately. I hope my son one day finds a woman who can make him feel the way Dori makes me feel and makes me know that I am loved. The lows of the last eight years have been tough but the highs and the good times we have enjoyed have been worth whatever hardships we have endured. Honestly I don’t know if we have another 8 years, 8 months or 80 years left together. But whatever it is, it will be special and I plan to enjoy every minute of it!

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