40 years ago this Monday, June 25, I married my best friend. It was the happiest day of my life as we started on our journey of love and life. At only 19 years old, I had no clue what I was getting into, I just knew it was the right thing for me.
As corny as it may sound, I knew, without a doubt, I had found my soul mate. That is such a rarity that I knew no matter what lay ahead over the years, we would make it. Life offers no guarantees so facing it with the right person was more important to me than any education or career.
Living on a dairy farm was a great way to start our journey. I fell right into farm life with the excitement of a kid in a candy store for the first time. What I lacked in experience and knowledge I made up for in my desire and willingness to learn. Before long I was milking cows, gardening, planting flowers, cooking and housekeeping.
My first big task was to make the old farm house into our home. Kenneth's parents had built a new home across the road and were just finishing the move the day we returned from our honeymoon. Once they were all moved, then the fun began. We were ready to begin our new life in our first home.
When our son Tim came along our family was complete and our lives only got better. Watching him grow, exploring all areas of the farm and learning to appreciate the importance of home and family was an amazing experience. I am so proud of the man, husband and father he has become.
We are now 40 years into our journey. Like all families, we've seen good times and bad, rough spots in the road, battled health problems, surgeries, and even the big C, all of which we've managed to come through. The main reason we have faced them all successfully is because we always faced them together. Side by side, no matter what. Would I do it all over? In a heartbeat! I can hardly wait to see what is in store for us the next 40 years!
Until next time...that's my view.