On August 27, 2011 they will have been married for 45 years.
They met in 1964. Both worked at the Portland International Airport. He worked for Northwest Airlines and she worked in the Employee restaurant. He asked her out one night and she agreed, only to stand him up. She was tired, had a newborn baby and had fallen asleep. When she woke up and realized that she had missed their date she was not too concerned. She would apologize the next day and was certain he would ask her out again. He was not so easily appeased. He accepted her apology but was quite cool in his demeanor towards her. She decided then that this man was different, this man was worth her time. Two years later they married and shortly after, he adopted her baby girl although he had already become her dad. They bought their first house in 1969 and turned it into a home. In 1972 they brought their second daughter home and in 1979 their third child, a son, was born.
They raised three unique individuals, yet these three have common traits. Each has strength of character, compassion for their fellow man and a love of family. Their parents taught them these things; taught them through example that love is more powerful than hate, that laughter is a key ingredient to living and forgiveness is better shared. Their life has not always been easy but it has always been filled with love, hope and determination and that is what a lifetime of love is all about.
Their life together has been the greatest gift I have ever received.