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On the Occasion of our Fourth Anniversary

On the Occasion of our Fourth Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Mi Amor!

Jill, I reflect nearly every day (if not every day), on how blessed I am to have you as my wife and best friend for life.  So it is, on this occasion of our 4th wedding anniversary that I think about, and want to share with you, how much you mean to me.  These past 4 years have been a roller-coaster in so many ways, but there’s nobody I’d rather be along for the ride with in this adventure called life.  Next to my salvation and life in Jesus Christ, you have been the greatest joy my heart has felt.  

Regardless of what you’re doing with the role you’re in, you work hard, as unto the Lord, whether it be as wife, mother, missionary, midwife, or friend.  Thank you for loving our boys and working hard to make our home a place where they can flourish.  I always enjoy coming home and hearing from Israel’s perspective all that he’s experienced each day 😉  You’re the best mom, and I can tell, Israel and Sam love you so much, even if they don’t always express it now.  I know it isn’t easy, but I’m beyond grateful for the investment you’re making in our home and the lives of our children.  It doesn’t go unnoticed.  After a long day, I look forward to going home because of the haven you have made it.  Because of your hard work, our home is a place that’s energizing rather than draining, and I know that’s a rare thing in the society we live in.    

Whether we’re in the US working in a secular career or living abroad doing vocational mission work, you are a faithful witness to the good news of the Gospel.  You are a friend to so many, and your warm demeanor radiates to those you minister to.  It is truly a joy to see how the Lord is using you for his Kingdom.  I praise God for giving me the pleasure of calling you my wife.  Thank you for being faithful to your calling; even if it doesn’t seem like it on some days, you’re making an eternal difference.  

Considering all we’ve been through together, I feel like we’ve been together 20 years, but I’m also glad it hasn’t been that long yet, because I’m hoping for at least another 70 together!  You truly make me a better person, and I’m eternally grateful to our Lord, Jesus Christ, for giving you to me as my helpmeet.  As Proverbs 31:29 says, “…Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”  I love you more than you know.  Happy anniversary baby.

<3 Your hubby, Derick <3

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  1. Regina Shea

    You two are so mushy. I love it! Happy Anniversary!❤❤❤

  2. Becky M.

    I hope you guys are enjoying your anniversary and having some time away from the kids!! Maybe we’ll be hearing about a Baby Dilly #3 soon? LOL ❤ Love you guys!!

  3. Regina Shea

    Do you have favorite authors, websites etc that you read on the subject of marriage and motherhood?


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