Forty years ago, on December 26, 1970, I married the person who has singularly done more to “raise me up” than any other individual. My wife/partner/dearest friend Anita brings such abiding joy to my life that I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to her or to adequately praise and honor her before my friends and acquaintances. There is so much that I could tell you about her that I can’t even really begin. She makes people laugh, she makes so many people know that they are loved and she is a great mother and grandmother. She encourages me, often when I am weak and need a good deal of raising up. My life has been far more rich and full because of my dear wife. When I saw this video I thought of her. Enjoy it everyone and think about those who “raise you up” this day as I celebrate my 40th anniversary with my bride today.




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  1. John Rowland December 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations and continued blessings to you both, my friend.
    John Rowland

  2. John Paul Todd December 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Congratulations to both of you and praise to Him who brought this union into existence and now has nurtured it for 40 years.
    You have faithfully modeled the union of Christ and His Bride, blessing many of us.
    His richest blessings on the future years together.
    John & Loraine

  3. Nick Morgan December 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    John and Anita, Congratulations and praise God for 40 wonderful years and many more to come! 🙂
    God’s grace and blessing be upon both of you.

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