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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

20 years ago

On this day 20 years ago, I said "I do." As a dreamy-eyed sixth grader, I had a crush on a mega fine eighth grader named Kelvin. I actually remember riding home on the bus one day and thinking about how wonderful it would be to be his girlfriend. A few years later, after my ugly duckling phase of bad hair and crooked teeth, that boy named Kelvin noticed a "new" girl at church. He asked his sister who I was and after a few weeks or months (I can't remember the exact time line), we were sitting next to each other at a youth conference. After the conference each night, the youth group would stop by Whataburger on the way home. Kelvin and I went to different high schools in the same town. Homecoming was around the corner for each of us. I knew who I wanted to take. At Whataburger after the youth conference one night Kelvin told me he had something to ask me. I told him I something to ask him too. We both asked each other to our homecoming dances. After that first date, we were forever together. The October of my senior year, one day Kelvin began talking about his day and how much he had been thinking about me and us. It was all very sweet. He then pulled a beautiful ring from his pocket and asked for me to be his wife. I said yes, of course.

I remember being so happy on our wedding day. I never shed a tear. My mouth hurt from smiling so much. Kelvin is the love of my life, my soul mate, my best friend. We have shared great joy and deeper pain. I am so glad he is the one I am sharing my life with. I am amazed at the man he has become. I love his creativity, his adventure, his zeal for life. I love the way he loves me, comforts me, makes me laugh and cares for our family. I love that he is so generous. I love him more now than ever before. I look forward to the years ahead.

‎20 years ago, the wedding invitation said, "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love." Kelvin Dunnam has made me the happiest woman alive. I am blessed, truly blessed.

This is the photo on the front of our wedding album. Please excuse my poor photography.

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