I know it sounds like something you’re supposed to say: “I married my best friend,” but for me, it’s true. I really did.

I met Jenn at a summer camp that I worked at in the summer of 2002. I walked in as she and the worship team were warming up for worship that night, and I was hooked. Not only was she beautiful, but so was her voice! I made it a point to “casually” hang out with her that week and get to know her a bit. I had no idea what the future held!

We ended up at the same church together while I attended the School of Ministry. She worked on staff and she “just so happened” to run into me every once in a while. I ended up volunteering for a concert that she was running, and that was the weekend that clinched it. Not only was she beautiful, fun to hang out with, and loved the Lord, but she also loved Mexican food. She had to be the one!

I had regrets from past relationships when I met Jenn, and I purposed from the start that this one would be different. I didn’t want to waste her time or mine, and I didn’t need my heart broken or to feel the guilt of breaking someone else’s heart. So I prayed. A lot. I told God that I didn’t want to waste our time together, and that if she wasn’t the one, to please let me know NOW. However, I also prayed that if she was the one for me, that God would confirm it to me. Every time I prayed that prayer, I felt like God was saying, “I am confirming it.”

Every time we got together was a joy. We often met at a restaurant before church and talked about what God had been teaching us that week. At the time, I played bass in a band, so I ended up playing bass with Jenn as she led worship for the middle school and high school youth groups at church.

On December 19, 2002, I asked her to be my wife. From our first date, we made a decision to save our first kiss for our wedding day. By God’s grace, we pulled it off, and on November 7, 2003, we shared our very first kiss EVER right after we said our vows! It was so worth the wait!

Little did I know that when I said my vows that day, not only was I marrying my best friend, but also my prayer partner, my biggest support, my encourager, and the worship leader of our future church! God knew, but I had no idea!

Here goes another cliche – are you ready? I can honestly say that I love her more today than I did 7 years ago when I married her. I know, I know, it sounds like something I’m supposed to say. I can assure you that I feel no pressure to say it – it’s true. I know her better today than I did 8 years ago when we met, and although she has her flaws, her strengths and inner (and outer) beauty outshine them all! The amazing thing is that she’s put up with me for this long!

It truly is a privilege to be married to a woman like Jenn who is there to encourage me and keep me in line, and whose love for Jesus pushes me to love Him more as well. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a wife or the mother of our children.

Jenn, I love you. Here’s to 77 more years (yes, that means we’d be 104 years old, but I’m ok with that!)!

Maybe we’d look like this?