I have a hard time adequately expressing in words the way I feel for Scott. They always seem to fall short. But I will continue to try because Scott means the world to me and I want to make sure that our children and grandchildren and great, great, great grand children know.
12 years ago, Scott and I were dating. It was on his 22nd birthday, all those years ago, that he first told me he loved me.
|11 1/2 years ago, in London airport; newlyweds|
We had only known each other a few months, but I loved him too. How could I not? He was so kind, so giving, always looking for an opportunity to serve someone around him.
|11 1/2 years ago, in Rome|
I remember being surprised at how often he offered to give people rides who didn't have a car...and we were poor college students from out of state(at BYU) living near campus, so most of us didn't have cars.
I lived in an apartment, at that time, with 5 other girls and I remember being impressed that he would notice our kitchen garbage and take it out without saying a word.
I remember feeling a sense of closeness to him when I saw the way he interacted with his parents and sisters when they came to visit him at BYU, always kind, always loving. I knew that any girl would be lucky to have him. I'm grateful that I was that lucky girl.
Our kids love and adore him. He helps with homework, plays football with Charles, soccer with the girls, gives snuggles when they're needed and is always there for everything, even the sometimes early indoor soccer games. He teaches the children by word and example to follow Christ by being honest, hard-working, and loving and caring for those around him. I'm grateful to have him by my side as we raise our five children together.
He's never been afraid to change a diaper or help in the kitchen which is such a blessing and a help to me. I have gotten really sick with each of our five pregnancies and each time he stepped up, took care of me and took over my duties of cooking and cleaning and caring for the children on top of his 8-5 job. I'm sure it was exhausting, because my daily tasks are not easy, and then adding on a full-time job, must be nearly impossible. But, he always came through and he did so cheerfully and without complaint. Our relationship was strengthened each time, which I believe is the direct consequence of serving and enduring well.
I'm grateful we get to climb the mountains of life together, hand in hand.