About the time Laura and I are getting ready to photograph the KU men’s basketball game against California tonight, we also will officially celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary. On a freezing Saturday evening in 2001, Laura and I said “I do” in a joyous little ceremony in the Danforth Chapel on the KU campus. Family and good friends joined us. Our friend and pastor, Peter Lange, performed the ceremony and blessed us with a wonderful homily. Another friend, Chris Stoltz, played the pedal organ with his many talents. In that beautiful little chapel built by German POWs during World War II, Laura and I began a wondrous life together with the Lord’s blessing.
There are times I feel we still are living out our honeymoon. The joys we have shared together have far out distanced any little bumps in the road. The romance has never died. I adore Laura, and I know she feels the same about me. Yet, at times it also feels that we have been married far longer than just eight years. We are best friends, and our life together is one truly shared. We have tried to squeeze all we can out of each day. I have one prayer that is a given each and every day. It’s a very simple plea. “God, please don’t let me screw this up.”
As Christians, we are just days away from celebrating the fulfillment of God’s promise to send us our Savior. With thanks and joy in our hearts, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior and thank God for the eternal peace that awaits us. To do so standing next to Laura with Julie and Kelly alongside remain my greatest joys in this life here on earth. Thank you, my Savior and thank you, Laura. I love you so. Happy Anniversary.