18th on the 18th

Our Anniversary!

Eighteen years ago, today, I married the most beautiful woman in the world, Valerie Riddle. I am so glad she has stuck with me, even when I didn’t deserve it, which has been most of the time.

Valerie has asked me several times in the past, “If you could do it over again, would you still marry me?” To be honest, there were times when answering that question was difficult, especially back around 1999-2001. During that time I was going through the lowest time of my life; yet, she stood by me.

But if she were to ask me that question today, the answer would be a resounding “YES!”

It takes time!

So many people get divorced after a few years of marriage, never staying in it long enough to work through the hard times. In doing so, they miss out on the treasures that years of faithfulness bring. Because they give up too early, they uproot seeds before they have time to germinate, never being able to experience the fruit of a life-long relationship taking root.

I have so many other things to do, that my schedule is bursting at the seams. I don’t have time to be sitting at the computer posting pictures and telling the world about my love story. On the other hand, there is no better time than the present, because the time I have had with her has been the best present a man could ever receive.

I love you, Valerie. Happy anniversary!

It’s been a bumpy, but wonderful ride, so far. Thank you for staying in the car with me. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trip!



Filed under Christian Living, Defending Traditional Marriage, Defining Marriage, Divorce, Life Lessons, Relationships and Family, the future

9 responses to “18th on the 18th

  1. Congratulations to you both!

  2. Deb Wallace

    Congratulations to you both. You are a wonderful couple and you can tell that you complete each other.

  3. Valerie Baker

    Anthony, aka Honey Baby, have you even gone on a long trip with a straight, flat, road? It’s B O R I N G!! At least we can say the trip so far has been eventful and given up memories in which to laugh. I love you (probably more than you love me) and am so thankful that you said, “I do.” and meant it. You’re the best.

    As I am replying, I keep thinking about the pot holes in the roads. Pot holes can be painful – they can hurt my already hurting back and they can damage a car. Hitting the pit holes can cost you money, which in our case was typically money we didn’t have. Like the pot holes in the road, it is best to pay attention as you travel the road of life and do your best not to hit them.

    • In one place you wrote “pit” holes. It may have been a misspelling, but some of those pot holes have definitely been deeper than others.

      Anthony Psalm 57:2

      Sent from iPhone.

  4. And whether they are “pit” or “pot” holes, they were experiences to learn from! Acceptance, because God accepted us when we were dirty, rotten sinners. Marriage is all about acceptance and unconditional love among other things! Happy Anniversary! Miss you guys!

  5. Congratulations Anthony – well done! Thank you for honoring your marriage vows.

    • I have to admit, having a wife say, “I’ll kill you” helps to curb the temptation to be unfaithful 😉

      Anthony Psalm 57:2

      Sent from iPhone.

      • Valerie Baker

        Whatever you weird-o…. I don’t recall saying that, but do recall telling you how it would break my heart and that I would cry!

  6. Congratulations to the both of you! My wife and I can relate to the pot holes and the pits that we experience many times in our marrage relationships. Thank You for your committment!


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