Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011: Happy Anniversary, Honey!


Well, here we are, another year in to this amazing marriage.  In taking a play out of another couple's playbook whose marriage we absolutely respect and try to emulate (my big sister Mary's), we watched our wedding video tonight with the kids.  Ali got all excited and dressed up in a made up wedding outfit and started throwing the centerpiece as her bouquet!  Totally cute.  Her groom?  Julian, of course.  Too cute.  

When we were dating, Angelique and I created a vision for our relationship.  It was the following:

"Love Freely Expressed, and Dreams Realized."

That was our mantra, our means, and our end.  There is more to it than that, though.  There is one major piece that was added when we recited our vows...


Like Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid, fighting the world back to back, we stand as one.  You know those Chinese finger torture devices?  What happens when you pull your fingers apart?  They tighten.  Imagine our marriage bond as the device, and each finger as each one of us.  When the stress of life attempts to pull us apart, our marriage pulls us together.  This is a conscious move, and we set it in motion like a computer "if/then" program.  If life pulls at us, we get tighter.  period.

Life has pulled pretty hard, but thanks to this programming, we just got tighter.  Keep in mind, BOTH PARTIES need to agree to this.  It truly takes teamwork.

Relationships develop along accidental, circumstantial, or consciously created lines.  Which way are your relationships growing?

I love you, Angelique.  You are the most beautiful, intelligent, easy going, and POWERFUL woman on this planet.  Thank you for an amazing marriage and family.  My life is constantly increased by you.  I have become the man I am by being inspired by the woman that you are.  Thank you for being such a great partner,  and for infusing respect, generosity, and love into our relationship day in and day out, even if you don't think you do.  I love being married to you, being your husband, and the daddy of your kids.  It's an honor and privilege to walk through this game of life together with you, and here's to decades more!

God night.


  1. I just wanted to wish two wonderful people a very Happy Anniversary. It seems that you two were just meant to be together forever.
    When things go terribly wrong, like the death of a child, it can bring you closer or tear you apart. Thrilled that you guys are together even stronger than before. Your family is always in my prayers. Love and Peace Leah and Tabby's Nana

  2. Happy Anniversary to such a wonderful and beautiful couple. You are meant to be together for time and eternity. Both of you are so strong and are such an inspiration. You can see the love for each other, what a blessing. Love the Wedding picture and the other pictures. Ali is so cute and such a sweet little lady. Your family is always in our thoughts and prayers and we love you. Keep up the great work.

    All Our Love;
    Myrna & Dwight

  3. Hey Tim Awesome! Happy Anniversary to you and your wife! Did you know that Nov 8 is my wedding anniversary too? We celebrated 8 years yesterday. I hope to see you at conference next week!

  4. Such a sweet post, Tim. You guys are an inspirational couple, that's for sure!

  5. Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. Your words were probably the best gift you could have given to her.

  6. Happy anniversary to an incredible couple!!!!
    Lots of love,

  7. beautiful post Tim. Truely!!

    Congratulations to you both and here is to many more. You are a inspirational couple to us all :)

    Amanda <3
    Hobart, Australia.

  8. Congratulations!!!(yes I'm de-lurking tonight)to wish you and Ang many many years together, you are really made for each other,many people already said it and its so true, you are such an inspirational couple to all of us...And they lived happily ever after :) Love Maria McGovern