Number 19 is Prime

Nineteen years ago today Jim and I were married. It's hard to believe that it's been 19 years!! So I thought I'd tell you about how wonderful my man is.

1. Jim makes me happy!

2. He's a balm to soul. There have been days when I was in the ballistic zone—my hormones were zinging everywhere and the kids were...well, they were being kids. *Eye roll* Jim would call home and just the sound of his voice soothed my frayed nerves. Then there's the times when I've heard his truck/van pull in the driveway and I would instantly feel better. There's just something about him that is a balm to my soul.

3. Jim believed in me when I didn't even believe in myself.

4. He's supported and encouraged me through all my hobbies/insanities. I think he breathed a huge sigh of relief when I started writing because all the other things were my attempts at escaping that call I felt.

5. My man is my greatest cheerleader. He's cheered for me over my smallest accomplishments.

6. Jim is the most UNselfish man I know. (The other man like him is my wonderful dad.) Jim gives and gives and gives. He blows me away with how much he does for his family.

7. He's the perfect man for me. When I'm weak, he's strong. In my wishy-washyness he's decisive (and he makes very good decisions—I've learned to trust his gut instincts.) He's strong enough to stand firm when I'm being mulish.

8. My man is a man of great vision. He dreams big dreams and goes for them. He's taken houses that should've been torn down and made them into some of the nicest in town. He does the same thing in life matters. He sees potential in houses, people and dreams. He doesn't settle for second best, he pursues the best.

9. Jim has taught me the value of steering clear of instant gratification. That character trait in him has blessed us time and time again. He's taught me so much over these 19 years—including how to cook. LoL

10. He let me hold on to his coat-tails and tag along on his dreams when I didn't have any of my own. The result gave me courage and hope to acknowledge my own dreams and to reach for them.

These are only ten things—there's sooooo much more. We've been through thick-and-thin together. When we married I still had a lot of growing up to do and Jim and I are often extreme opposites, which made for some very rocky years. Then there were a few years when I tried my best to outrun what I felt God was calling me to do which created a lot of problems for our family—Jim was tough enough to stand up to me and gentle enough not to squash me, but to encourage me. He's the perfect man for me and I love him tremendously.

Thank you, Jim, for 19 years. I love you for all that you are and for WHO you are. I love you because you're YOU. You're the bestest of the best. God blessed me tremendously when He gave me you, and I thank God for you every day. I'm looking forward to the rest of our years together. I love you!


  1. God truly HAS blessed you, my dear Peejers. And, you know, Jim's got himself quite a blessing too. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful couple (and it seems to be the theme of the day - though not from me LOL - did you see Vonnie's blog??).
    You make a beautiful couple.

  2. You guys make a great couple-and this was wonderful to read. Happy Anniversary to you both! ^_^

  3. Peej, what a wonderful tribute to your husband! Aren't you so glad God has given you a loving Christian husband?
    We had the same thoughts today..although I didn't post a picture.
    I hope your love gets better and better each year.

  4. Anonymous12:34 PM

    This is so wonderful to read, especailly in today's world. You both are an inspiration. Super congrats Jim and Peejie on your 19th Anniversary!

  5. Happy Anniversary, Peej and Jim! God has blessed you both with a fine life and a fine family. Your blog brings your love for your husband to life! What a beautiful blessing to your children and to our world.

  6. Patty, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! What a wonderful way to honor your husband. Super huge congratulations on your 19 years with your perfect man!

  7. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Happy 19th! I love the picture of you and Jim!!

  8. Happy Anniversary!!!! What a blessing you have in each other!


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