Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary Baby… what a hell-of-a-ride and the best years of my life!
Like all exquisite and sublime things in life, there are neither the words to describe or express how I feel about my wife Jill… I am still in awe of her, and she consistently overwhelms me. She is, first and foremost, the light of my life and the consummate soulmate.
I learn, and have learned, more from her about what love, kindness, patience, positive enlightenment, and forgiveness is all about. These traits just seem to come naturally for her whereas I have to work consistently on them every day… and yet I still fall short in comparison. I don’t know anyone that would disagree with these sentiments; she characteristically is what I aspire to be.
Jill is definitely the better half of this marriage, as anyone will attest to, and has pulled more than her share of the weight in our family during the times I have slacked off or faltered. I have a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for all that she has sacrificed for me and will be eternally in her debt!
I asked Jill if there was anything special she wanted to do for our wedding anniversary this year? She readily replied, “I want to see the giant redwoods in northern California!” Well, out of all the places we could have gone and things we could have done… go figure. However, I decided to make a fun trip out of it, but before I go further, I want to share a song I prepared and produced for her.
Play Me-A Song by Neil Diamond-Arranged, Sung, and Played by Mark D. Carlson
We never made it to the “redwood forest” because Jill is the primary caregiver for her mother and couldn’t be away from her for an extended period. However, we did get to spend a memorable weekend in Aspen and Vail Colorado; hope that sufficed as a suitable alternative dear? 🙂 I have prepared a video slideshow to remember this weekend… I hope you enjoy it, baby!
Video Slideshow with “Our Song” You’re Still the One by Shania Twain. Vocals by Claire Smith, accompaniment by Mark Carlson, recorded at Guitar Center, West Valley, Utah on August 27th, 2016. Photos by Mark & Jill Carlson.
I close this post by hoping the next thirty-five years are just as good… or even better if that is possible! Jill, I LOVE YOU and always will…!