Sunday, June 18, 2006

Eleven Wonderful Years

Eleven years ago yesterday, I married the most wonderful woman in the world. In retrospect, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, nor how fortunate I really was.

Cam has been a patient, supportive, loving wife. She has put up with me being a police officer, a seminary student, a security guard, a church intern, an associate pastor, an interim pastor and a missionary.

In the last six years of our missionary service, she has endured hardships that few can even relate to, much less support - all with a minimum of complaining. She has offered me tremendous support even when I have not deserved it. During my extensive travel while we were NE Brazil, she carried the banner for our family and made our apartment a safe place of refuge for me when I was home. Now that we are in South Brazil, she has thrown herself into helping us settle in and into the lives of our boys.

Cam has truly been a Proverbs 31 woman, and I join the husband from that chapter in praising my wife and saying that "many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned and let her works bring her praise at the city gate" (and in the blogosphere)!

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