Almost 19 years ago today, I met my beautiful wife, Ginger. It was 1998, I was still in the Army and had just got stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. A good friend of mine happened to know Ginger and, fortunately for me, introduced us (though it did take some time before she finally agreed to meet me). It didn’t take us long to fall in love and eventually get married just 6 months later.
To say that my life was never the same would be an understatement. This woman fundamentally changed my life in ways I could never have imaged. She is the most loving, giving, caring and need I say PATIENT woman I have ever met – which definitely helps when the odds are stacked against you 3:1 in favor of boys. She is an amazing wife, an absolutely astonishing mother, and someone I cannot imagine ever being apart from.
Today, Ginger celebrates her 40th birthday. I don’t know if I’m supposed to share that age, but did I also mention that she is very forgiving? In looking back over the last 19 years in what pictures we have, I began to increasingly appreciate who my wife is. She is a lover of life and of the moment; she sees a challenge and conquers it; she is tender and reserved; she is adventurous. But most of all, she is an amazing, caring, nurturing wife and mother and my absolute best friend.
Tristan, Gavin and I are the luckiest guys on the face of the planet and admittedly we don’t always appreciate that. But today is her day – today is our opportunity to show her how much she means to all of us. I only pray that God will give Ginger and I 40 more years together – and hopefully more. She truly is the air I breathe.
If she has been a joy to you as well, would you take a moment and wish her Happy Birthday in the comments below?
Finally, take a few minutes and enjoy a little bit more of this amazing woman in the pictures below.