As I sit here just over two months as a married man, I have to take some time and think about what has happened over the last 37 years of my life. I know many of you can relate back to the time as a teenager when 37 seemed like an eternity away. So hitting this monumental milestone of marriage has me asking the questions how did I get here. We can not just skip through life. Turning 13 was amazing because now we are certified teenager and "grown". At 18 we are leaving highschool and can vote. "Extra grown" and now away from home we start to get a slight sense of independence and control over our lives. At 22 we graduate and get smacked up by the "real world". Bills, parking tickets, bossy bosses, relationships that can actually lead to the creation of your family. The consequences of our actions multiple exponentially and finally it hits us that life is real, the clock never stops ticking and our parents knew much more than we thought because as they said, "nothing is new under the sun". Now I find myself talking to my nieces and nephews, non blood relatives included, and telling them that they don't know a damn thing because they haven't seen as much life as I've seen. I laugh to myself afterwards thinking how I'm becoming my mother and father and have no conrtrol of it. Life, if you stay present, will teach you one way or another. Luckily I was able to learn that having a best friend and partner who has your best interest in mind at all times is the best way to live out your days. I feel as though a good 80 to 85 healthy years on earth is an amazing feat. I am so grateful for things that I have experienced in just under forty years I can only imagine what I could do with another 50. Staying focused on today, I stand before you as a man who has joined eternally with the love of his life and it was all of my life experiences and her life experiences that brought us together. I learned from the mistakes that I made in the past making them lessons rather than mistakes. I think that you would appreciate the life that you've been given by taking some personal inventory. Think of all the great moments and special times spent with family and friends or even alone. Quality time alone is often my remedy to an over active mind. Thank you to all those that have been a part of my life up until this day. In some way, whether large or small, you have been on my journey and I have been on yours. We get one shot at this thing called life, as far as I know, and I will embrace all of it. I wish the same for you.

Much love and enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday.