Ten Year Journey

My Dear Laura, on September 20, 1997, we were married in Blacksburg, VA.  Today, Sept. 20, 2007, we have a wealth of wonderful memories, and I love you more than ever.

In the mountains of Virginia
We fell in love, and
Our journey began

We couldn’t have guessed
That before too long, we’d
Be driving a family van

It began in a kitchen
After Ané’s Turkish meals
“Innocently” washing dishes together

Remember the music room?
Wind Rock?
The drive-in theater?

You drew me in with your beauty, your sense of purpose, your depth of character.

And you couldn’t resist my pick-up truck, my guitar, my fancy beard.

We have shared the journey, traveling into unknown territories.
As citizens and sojourners, the destination has become clearer and clearer,
And we’ve been in it together.

You have been my companion, my treasure, my best friend.
And your faithful, gentle love has made me a better man,
continually pointing me toward the love and grace of God.

We’ve been given three gifts along the way
Who have taught us
The value, the quickness, the thrill of life. 



I just cannot imagine the past ten years without you.
Laura, you are more beautiful, more wonderful,
more precious to me than ever.

I love you!  Happy Anniversary!


  1. Mark and Laura,

    What a wonderful journey you have had. This is a beautiful tribute to marriage and the love that makes it work. May you be blessed with a long lifetime of joy together.

    But Laura, how did you ever become attracted to a man with that “fancy beard?” It had to have been a God thing!

  2. Man Mark! You sure do know how to make a gal’s eyes tear up! You two are such an amazing example of a couple living for God through your individual lives as well as your family. I love you both so much (and the boys too!). Thank you so much for taking care of Joanna!

  3. Oh happy belated 10 years, you guys!
    Mark – you have outdone yourself with this post!
    It is jsut beautiful and makes me smile out loud. You guys are just amazing and so inspiring. How is it that we both have ended up with 3 boys??? What gifts!
    You are all precious to us and we are looking forward to time together this summer.

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