in sickness and in health

Seems so fitting that our marriage is all grown up this year. Eighteen years we’ve been married today. I can say without any reservation that you are the best husband I could have ever asked for. 

We will spend this day heading back home from our trip out west. The day before we left was my lowest energy day so far. I should have been packing. Instead you came home from work, cooked dinner, made sure all the kids bathed, weed whacked the yard, packed for you and the kids, did laundry, cleaned the car and washed dishes. I’m forgetting things. You did all the things that I would do plus all the things you would do. You are so able. I am comforted at how much you could do this without me. And it terrifies me that you could do this without me.

I want to outlive this cancer so I can love you the way you have taught me to love. To serve you when you need it most. I want you to know how wonderful it is to be married to someone like you.

You know this, but you make me laugh more than anyone in the world. Even if you weren’t so capable, you’d be the funniest person I know.

You never say no to me. Always yes. Always trusting. Always wanting my happiness above yours.

When we are out, and now that I am bald, I have a new appreciation for you. It feels like you are my covering. My safety. I don’t need anything quite like I need you. 

Thank you for kissing my head and telling me I’m beautiful.

I love you, Brent. You are my perfect husband. 

you and me and yellowstone national park
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10 thoughts on “in sickness and in health

  1. So precious, those 18 years of loving and learning and now leaning like never before. God is so good to give you to each other. Love and congratulations…❤

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  2. Just the most precious, beautiful, and perfect anniversary words. I’m so glad you have him and he has you. Happy anniversary :).

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  3. Jenna, what a beautiful tribute to Brent! I was bawling! It is such a gift and a blessing to know both of you!!!! God knew just what He was doing when he placed you two amazingly special people together in this incredible marriage!! Congratulations on 18 years!! May God continue to shower His blessings over you and Brent and your marriage for the next 50 plus years!!! Praying for you every day!!! 💕💕💕💕 💕💕 Love, Joy

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  4. Oh Jenna & Brent, I have read this a couple of times and cried each time. It’s such a beautiful tribute to you, Brent–and all so true. Happy Anniversary to both of you.

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