Sue and I went to a resturant today called The Melting Pot and as we were over on that end of town, decided to go see the church where we got married.
Desert at the Melting Pot
Amazingly, the church is still there and even more amazing is the pastor that married us still serves at that church and we had a nice chat with him.
We flew out to San Francisco for our honeymoon. Sue's brother Rick, drove us to the airport and offered to buy us a drink as we waited for our plane. Rick didn't have any money so Sue and I bought the drinks :)
We got in to late to pick up our rental car so I hailed a pink cab which marked the very first road trip of our marriage as Sue giggled all the way from the airport to our hotel at Union Square.
After a wonderful honeymoon, we returned home to begin our lives together with my dog Erin(an advowed cat hater) and Sue's cat Shasta.
Twenty seven years later, we live together with our children, Laura and Adam, our dogs, Harley, Rocky and Kansas and one very unhappy and mean grey cat, Paws.
A couple of months ago, Sue received a champion of excellence award for her volunteer work with Colorado Youth at Risk.
I had written Casey the following day and asked her if she would send me the acknowledgement she read for Sue.
Sue likes to tell this story that I was crying as Casey read this.
If there was only one thing I would want people to know about this person, is that she gives of herself more than any other person I have ever met.
Her heart, passion, and commitment to love, relationships, community and to Colorado Youth at Risk amazes me. Each time I speak with her I am left with an overwhelming sense of just how deep her dedication goes. With over 480 hours of volunteer in just 2009 alone- which equates to nearly 3 months of full time work with us, you can begin to see just what an incredible person she is.
This wonderful lady is a person that is limitless with her own personal growth and with her growth in Colorado Youth at Risk. In the short year that I have known her, I have seen her find her own personal voice and become even more of a leader than she already was. She is one of our few volunteers that coaches youth and trains mentors. She has had two mentees, one of which is a Daniel's scholar and the other is well on her way to becoming a nurse. And if this wasn't enough, she has been a community coach, group leader, and is the first ever Mentor Enrollment Team manager. It is in large part because of her, that we have more mentors at this time for our upcoming programs, than we have ever had before.
Not only is she in my own personal circle of champions, but in Colorado Youth at Risk's as well.
Sue, 27 years later I am so grateful to you for our lives together, for the inspiration you bring to my life, the commitment, trust and love you share with Laura and Adam and me.
I love you and I am so honored to be your husband, friend and partner in life.