A group of days close together on the calendar have special significance for Susan and me. They began last Friday, June 11, Susan’s birthday. They continued yesterday, June 13, the anniversary of the day nine years ago that I sent Susan the text message inviting her to enjoy the Ambassadors of Harmony concert with me two days later. She accepted, and on June 15 our first date led to speculation among our friends that we would marry before the general conference of the United Pentecostal Church that Fall. Their speculations became true prophecies. On June 24, 2013, as we were returning from lunch at Josephine’s Tea Room in Godfrey, Illinois, I asked Susan, “Will you marry me?” She said. “I will!” We married on September 28, 2013. We have enjoyed a blessed and happy marriage.
Susan and I had both lost our spouses. She had been married to Robert Fuller for forty one years, and Judy and I had been married for forty six. These marriages were also blessed. We like to add those years together with the nine years we have been married and to tell people we have been married ninety six years!
After breakfast this morning, I went to the piano to play a brief version of “Standing on Holy Ground.” Part way through, I looked up and there Susan stood with her iPhone, peeking around the corner to video the event. Life with her is always a joyful experience. We are truly standing on holy ground.