To Amanda, From Curtis

Amanda, here are a few specific things I’m thankful for on our anniversary…

-I’m thankful you chose to spend the summer of 2000 doing missions instead of lounging by a pool somewhere.

-I’m thankful you canceled your flight from Springfield to Houston to drive twelve hours with someone you had known for a week. I would punch myself in the face if Annabeth did that. No wonder your dad didn’t like me.

-I’m thankful you accidentally told me you wanted to marry me three weeks later.

-I’m thankful you cried when it was time to head back to our respective colleges at the end of the summer.

-I’m thankful for AT&T long distance cell phone bills.

-I’m thankful for through-the-night drives to Texas for weekend visits and the C+ grade point average they produced.

-I’m thankful for 14 long months of engagement.

-I’m thankful that when the doors flew open at the back of the church, you were the one who came out.

-I’m thankful for ten toothbrush holders and paying our rent with the money we got for returning them.

-I’m thankful for four years of just you and me.

-I’m thankful for T-ball sets and footy pajamas.

-I’m thankful for the white house with black shutters I share with the world’s greatest wife.

They say year seven is the hardest. Let’s roll it up, beat it into submission, and show it who’s boss. I love you and would pick you all over again.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Prov 31:25


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  1. 51
    Karen E says:

    May God continue to bless your love for each other and grow you both closer to Him!

    Joy to you!

  2. 52
    Lovesgarlic says:

    Hi Guys,

    Happy Anniversary! I wish you another wonderful year.


  3. 53
    Emily says:

    Oh m GOSH…. How sweet is that! Much congrats and many many more blessings.

  4. 54
    Mary Watkins says:

    Awww! How precious.

  5. 55
    tracy l. says:

    I am in puddles.

    Happy Anniversary!

    p.s. Curtis – my husband loved the Elijah series! When are you going to product another?

    Tracy L.
    Richlands, NC

  6. 56
    Joanne (The Simple Wife) says:


  7. 57
    KK says:

    What a beautiful post, thanks so much for sharing.
    Happy Anniversary! Hope you both have a wonderfully blessed day.
    Blessings to your family always,
    Matthew 21:22

  8. 58
    Anonymous says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. Bless you Curtis for speaking such words of blessing to your wife. May God bless you both this year in abundant ways — deepen your commitment and love for each other — protect and watch over you and your children. Thank you for serving God! In Him, -JH

  9. 59
    Anonymous says:

    Okay I am teary eyed trying to type this. What a wonderful way to say Happy Anniversary. And I am thankful he shared it w/ us bloggers. Congratulations and much love to you both.

  10. 60

    Where is the tissue for all this that is so cool I bet Amanda is crying and Lovin her man. How sweet is that there is not many man out there that would do that. Curtis you are an awesome man and a man of God in everyway and a good husband and father. Happy Anniversary!!!!!
    Love to the Jones Moores Fitzpatricks Love you all Carol
    Albuquerque NM
    Dinner– 20.00 dollars
    Movies– 20.00 dollars

  11. 61
    Anonymous says:

    Thankful that Curtis is a Godly man and openly sharing his love! I'm celebrating my 17th anniversary next month and consumed with books such as "Love Dare," "How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong," and "The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage." I'm in for the long run and know that my marriage represents obedience to God. When we hit a bump in the road, God provides the resources to bring us out of the pit. The 7-year Myth is only accurate for those who do not live in the spirit of faith and under the wings of God. "Love Never Fails." 1 Cor 13:4-8

  12. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Thankful that Curtis is a Godly man and openly sharing his love! I'm celebrating my 17th anniversary next month and consumed with books such as "Love Dare," "How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong," and "The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage." I'm in for the long run and know that my marriage represents obedience to God. When we hit a bump in the road, God provides the resources to bring us out of the pit. The 7-year Myth is only accurate for those who do not live in the spirit of faith and under the wings of God. "Love Never Fails." 1 Cor 13:4-8

  13. 63
    mimiburroughs says:

    Wow! That left tears in my eyes…and probably every reader that read it!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for all you do for us through serving our LORD!

  14. 64
    Barbara says:

    Happy Anniversary! Blessings to you both. This week my husband and I will celebrate 32 wonderful years. You have your struggles but God does work everything together for the good! One thing I can tell you for sure it just keeps getting better!

  15. 65
    Annika says:

    Oh my word, what a sweet thing this is. Ya'll are both inspiring people. Happy anniversary!

  16. 66
    Grammy and Olivia says:

    Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

  17. 67
    texatheart says:

    If I had seen that kind of love and appreciation between my parents I might have looked a little harder to find THE man for me. Thanks for sharing that tender sweet side Curtis. I maybe the only one who really needed to see that. There are good guys out there. First the proposal, then the new Bible and this….and tomorrow Beth's birthday —- how can it get much better?

  18. 68
    Cindy says:

    Happy Anniversary! It sounds like a match made in heaven!

  19. 69
    the4leegirls says:

    Keep up the good work Amanda…when your man says something like that you know you must be doing something right! I wish we were all sitting in a coffee shop so you could give us the girly details!
    Humbly His,
    Allison Lee
    …married 11 years with 4 kiddos…year 7 was just as good as the others! It's all about your attitude.

  20. 70
    Michele says:

    Curtis, do you have any single older brothers??

  21. 71
    Julie says:

    Oh what a darling Godly man you have Amanda! Good Job Curtis. I pray you have a blessed, prosperous, and fruitful 7th year!

  22. 72
    Dina says:

    Happy Anniversary! I feel like I personally know you guys through this blog and Baby Bangs. By the way we share the same anniversary-day and year!

  23. 73
    RS Nashville says:

    anybody got a tissue?

    That was sooooo sweet
    Curtis, dude, you did good buddy.
    Amanda, give that man a big kiss.

    RS Nashville

  24. 74
    Amanda says:

    Curtis, you made my day! I love you so much! I still refuse to believe that I accidentally mentioned marriage first, but that's okay because you accidentally told me you loved me on a voicemail. Either way, I'm glad you love me and I'm glad we got married!

    "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Eph. 3:20-21

  25. 75
    DigiNee says:

    Oh my —– how awesome!

  26. 76
    Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful gift for your wife. You two seem like a sweet couple and are so blessed with your sweet babies!

    Happy Aniversary!

    Forever His,

    Phil 4:8

  27. 77
    Linda says:

    How sweet 🙂
    Happy Anniversary you two. May God continue to bless your sweet lives with love, peace, joy and happiness.

  28. 78
    Melinda says:

    Man. As in "what a man."

    What an example for the "if it's convenient, I'll commit" generation. Believing that you will not only tame year 7, but 77 and beyond.

    Thanks for sharing such a blessing.


  29. 79
    Beki says:

    Oh my goodness…how sweet!!! Happy Anniversary!

  30. 80
    Carla says:

    Happy 7th Anniversary! I can remember way back when- 26 years ago. Take it all in and enjoy, it really does fly by. don't forget to kiss ech other and hug each other every morning and every night- it does make a difference. Curtis, that was just too sweet. keep ot up! Carla

  31. 81
    Farmgirl Paints says:

    That was beautiful! Happy Anniversary you too:) I just know you will kick the "seven year itch" myth in the booty!!

  32. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Anniversary! Mine is June 17, 14 years. We are just 7 ahead of you. God is good!

  33. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Way to Go Curtis. Happy Anniversary!

  34. 84
    Joani says:

    Oh my gosh – that is just too sweet. I love it. I think he is a keeper:)

  35. 85
    JayCee says:

    Tears puddling on the floor….how romantic! Now that's a Missouri Man if I ever heard one! 🙂

    Happy Anniversary Curt & Amanda!!

  36. 86
    Rachel in Louisiana says:

    Happy Anniversary to you two!
    What a sweet, sweet post. Curtis, you are definitely a keeper.

  37. 87
    Fran says:

    Well how precious was that???!!!

    Happy Anniversary you two!
    Big hugs…
    married nearly 15 yrs and would do it all again too!

  38. 88
    spicymagnolia says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a special couple you two are and an example in how you love each other.

    Oh, and I'm so curious to hear more about your courtship after reading the first 3 points! 🙂

  39. 89
    Anonymous says:

    a man who announces his love to you for all the blogworld to see is a man to keep for sure 🙂

    Congrats to you both and may there be many more to come!!

  40. 90
    lori says:


  41. 91
    Jill_in_AL says:

    well put, Mr. Jones. Happy Anniversary to you both!

  42. 92
    kelly Jo says:

    Proposal… anniversary…… love is in the air <3

    Okay so that was really sweet!
    However I bet Keith wanted to take you to the wood shed but if I were you I would have been more concerned of the moma!!! I can't remember what tape I was listening to but our "sweet" siesta moma made the comment if anyone hurt or bothered her children she would grow claws and rip their tongue out of their throat and leave them bald headed. LOL boot up your hindend or bald and tongueless (is that a word)
    But I do believe you have won their hearts and we all know how much they love you!!! We need to see some pictures of those babies!!!!!

    Kelly Jo
    Albany Ky

  43. 93
    susan says:


  44. 94
    Donna Sava says:

    Amanda & Curtis…
    I'm sure your wonderful Mom/Mother-in-Law can give you many examples of the good and the difficult in marriage…but since I have the priviledge of being a siesta I want to share!

    My DH and I have been married for 16 wonderful and sometimes challenging years! Year 7 was a tough one for us…not that we wanted out or wanted anyone else…just tough in getting along and understanding each other! Sometimes you just have to laugh at each other and the weird things you will go through…and like your wonderful husband says Amanda…beat it into submission and enjoy every minute. We did not not have our children until year 10 of our marriage so I think you have an advantage…you can live your lives through the eyes of your sweet innocent babies and enjoy each minute so simply…just like they do. Sometimes the simplest things are best.

    As my DH always says…we are SO beyond blessed…there will always be issues…we are human after all. Remember to love each other and find joy in each other! Happy Anniversary and thank you for letting us be a part of your lives!
    Donna (the mom of twin boys)

  45. 95
    tealovingmom says:

    So stinkin' sweet!

    Revel in your blessings, girl!


  46. 96
    Anonymous says:

    wow wow wow wow

  47. 97
    Kathy says:

    Awwww…how sweet! Happy Anniversary!

  48. 98
    Miss Debbie says:

    Wow Curtis what awesome words of blessing to your precious wife Amanda! Guess you know by now you have blessed all of us that have had the privilege of reading it. Happy Anniversary to both of you and many more! We just love your family. The gift of a son-in-law like you is priceless…Thanks for sharing your love for your beautiful wife Amanda with us. Hope you can find some Moonpies to celebrate with there in Texas. God bless you and keep you.

  49. 99
    Anonymous says:

    This is the kind of stuff that matters. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you MANY more blessed years ahead.

    sarah birmingham, lambertville MI

  50. 100
    barbara head says:

    You have to have a few hard times to really enjoy the good times. I remember well having 50 cents in the bank and a week until payday. Thank you, Jesus for K-Mart credit card. We have made it over 45 years together and we are still crazy in love. Happy Anniversary!!!

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