Tomorrow, Matt and I will celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary. While the day will be our normal organized chaos that between the two of us involves exercising calves, coaching a swim meet, and leading an alfalfa harvesting crew; it will also be special.
I am not sure if I can clearly remember the 21 year old with stars in her eyes who walked down the aisle of Bethesda-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida; but I certainly remember the look on Matt’s face when I stepped inside the church. I am blessed to still get to see that same look today.
I have loved Matt for more than half of my life, and our marriage is based not only on love but also on commitment. The journey from Hanover, New Hampshire to rural Nebraska has been marked by both challenges and opportunities. We face them together: holding onto each other for support and remaining committed to living the dream.
Almost two decades later, we are thriving farmers and the parents to three beautiful and talented girls. Matt is not just my husband, he is my biggest fan. He believes in me when I doubt myself, encourages me when I am challenged, and celebrates my successes with enthusiasm. His loving support not only guides me, but also teaches our daughters about the respect and devotion that provides the foundation to a successful family.
- Their faith is unwavering.
- Their support is priceless.
- Their love is a gift to always be treasured.
While many people look at my path from urban athlete to rural cowgirl as both an unusual journey and an interesting success story, the truth is that most of the credit should go to the quiet man who stands beside me and has dedicated his life to our partnership. I can only hope that our daughters will one day also be blessed with someone who both completes them and inspires them to greatness.
Today I salute my favorite farmer. I look to the past with thankfulness, I look to the present with joy, and I look to the future with excitement knowing that we will greet each day with the knowledge that love and opportunity await us.
What is your greatest blessing?