Jan celebrated this occasion by posting on Facebook a picture of us on our wedding day.  This picture obviously showed that she had not changed a bit and that I had lost hair, gained weight, etc.  I celebrated the occasion by posting a more recent picture of the two of us standing in front of the Lodge in Gatlinburg where we spent our honeymoon before moving into our very small apartment at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  We enjoyed the evening by going out to eat, just the two of us, and talking about our plans to remodel the den at the house.  

Throughout the day we read your comments, saw your likes, and enjoyed your congratulations.  Some even said they remembered going to the wedding.  It is nice to keep friends for such a long period of time.  Some who responded knew us even before we were married.  It was a great trip down memory lane and we thank God for each and every memory of family and friends down through the years.

I cannot even begin to imagine my life without Jan by my side.  We have had the privilege of serving 4 churches together.  We have raised 3 girls together.  We have become surrogate mother and father to, Lord knows how many, youth together.  We have lived in 3 states, 5 different towns together.  We have seen the good in people as well as the bad together.  We have been successful together and we have failed together.  I guess the bottom line is "we have lived life, together."

I do not know what the next 41 years of our lives will be, but I know we will face them together.  I thank God every day that Jan and I found each other at the Baptist College, fell in love, and have lived our lives together to this day.  This is what love is.

This is my story..