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Thoughts on my better half on our 26th anniversary

Tonight Karen and I celebrate 26 years of marriage. Wow – I never thought I’d live this long or experience this much in life, and in the middle of it all has been Karen. What a grace-gift Karen is to me. Who could have foreseen a fraction of all the adventures we’d experience when we said o…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

Tonight Karen and I celebrate 26 years of marriage. Wow – I never
thought I’d live this long or experience this much in life, and in the middle of it all has been Karen.

What a
grace-gift Karen is to me. Who could have foreseen a fraction of all the adventures
we’d experience when we said our vows to one another? It’s easy to love
someone who gives you so much life.  She has covered my backside and
done more to speak life into me than anyone else alive. 

I was even more of a knucklehead back when we fell in love and somehow, she decided to take me anyway.  People always tell me she’s my better half, and I think to myself, “Duh!  Tell me something I don’t know.”

I love her laugh and her way with people.  I love the way she wakes up
slow in the morning and I love the way she’s going to be mad at me for
posting this only slightly mushy stuff in a public forum. 

God may have
loved me so much that he sent Jesus to die for my sins, but after
thinking about it some more, he sent Karen as a down payment on his
promise of abundant life.  We have skipped down beaches together,
watched sunsets on almost every continent, thrown parties, counseled, and dreamed countless dreams.  We’re almost done raising our five children and most of them consider her one of their top friends.  She holds that distinction with so many people – it’s a gift.

So now we’re plotting what comes next.  Watch out world, the best is yet to come.

Comments (10)

  • happy 26th!! you are a perfect mix…I love Karen for her child-like faith, mixed with your wisdom…Karen is an amazing woman, fabulous mother, and an a great example to those of us still raising our families…
    wow, enjoy the day, and thanks for sharing your life and marriage with the rest of us,
    Your sister,
    Lisa

  • Thank you Seth for those honoring words. I’m proud to be your wife, thrilled with our life journey and full of memories of wonderful cherished moments. I’m looking forward to the next season ministering along side of you.
    I love you,
    Karen

  • gosh, you even got her to post on your blog…but is it really her or someone else posting as karen…and did you get approval for the picture ahead of time…great pic of course…and just joking. you are a great couple and me and j love you…

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