It was the flash of light pulling the rumbling thunder of a late summer early morning storm that called me to arise in the darkness on this day, September 29th, 2012. Five years ago, I took your lovely hand in mind, before family and God, and promised to give you my all, my everything, whatever i had to give. Just like the lightning our love seems to be…powerful, hot, beautiful, illuminating. Just like the lightning time seems to be…five years here and gone in the blink of en eye, yet able to pull me from sleep in the darkness. Before you there was darkness, after you i know what darkness is because light teaches one about shadows…I see the woman you’ve become. A woman who has a way with words, a way with words that helps those who are hurting, that brings hope to those who’ve been dogged by despair. Honest and sincere, sometimes very serious, yet often playful and lighthearted…a wonderful recipe for a delicious wife, mother, person. in five years time we’ve lived in an infinite city, traveled the world and been blessed with two perfect children. It hasn’t been all roses all of the time. like all gardens that grow in the wild, there have been seasons of hardships, uncertainty in the health of our little boys heart. yet, the iron of our love was folded over and hammered, forged in the fire of the kiln of our God and we are stronger, wiser, encouraged and full of faith…You work so hard for our family, providing for us what i cannot. I always have known that music and writing will take care of us, that i would be able to make enough money so that you could spend your days breathing in the early lives of our children, creating a colorful world in which we can move about gracefully in open fields, with animals and rivers and walking trails lined by old stone walls laid down in unknown ancient times. I don’t know how, or when, but we’ll get there baby. i want to give you everything you can imagine, so that we can give to others everything they can imagine… so i think to myself, this early morning exactly five years to the day of the beginning of our life together, giving thanks to the Good Lord for his many blessings, our Children, our Love, and in my mind i know i haven’t gotten us to where i thought i would have by this time…but we are here together, and that makes all the difference in the whole wide world.
I love you deeply sweet melissa,