I am thankful for my wonderful wife and all the ways she has supported and loved me over the past 21 years. Today we celebrate our wedding anniversary and I pause to consider what it means to be with the one who was meant for me.
There have been many wonderful times where everything has seemed just right, and there have been times where Kari has had good reason to be disappointed in me. God has blessed us, however, with good people who have provided support and council, and we can look back on our time together and be thankful for the wonderful children we’ve raised and the life we’ve built together.
In recent times, especially, my wife has been a wonderful support and a source of strength. Leaving a job and the security that 18 years of employment provided was scary, but Kari was there to encourage and push me and she put in extra time at her job to ensure we could pay all our bills. Even now, as I begin to land clients and we can see light at the end of the tunnel, we know there may be difficult times ahead and are prepared to work through them, together.
I know there are many examples of entrepreneurs who succeeded without the support of a spouse, but I’m not sure I’d be one of them. My wife and my family are part of who I am. They are among the key reasons motivating me to succeed, and they are among the key sources of strength and inspiration. My wife forces me to lighten up when I’m too serious, and to become more serious when I’m taking it to easy. She jumps in to handle family matters when my work calls me away, and she is a great soundboard for ideas that are bouncing around in my head. If it doesn’t pass the Kari test, if often doesn’t see the light of day.
I’m thankful for the past 21 years with Kari, and I’m looking forward to what God has in store for us in the months and years ahead!