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. 101
    Cindy in Ferndale says:

    Beautiful, Beautiful :o)

  2. 102
    Georgia Jan says:

    Bless you two on this your wedding anniversary.

    My sweet man and I just celebrated 32 years this past Thursday, June 11! (We were way too young…)

    Memories abound and God's faithfulness reigns!

    Love y'all,

  3. 103
    Kristib says:

    How precious! Happy anniversary you two!

  4. 104
    ocean mommy says:

    Tears. 🙂

    You did good Curtis, you did good!

    Happy Anniversary!!!


  5. 105
    Anonymous says:

    Happy anniversary Curtis and Amanda! Much love to you both overflowing to your family and ministries.

  6. 106
    Lauren says:


  7. 107
    Kandy says:

    that is soo soo sweet!! Keep him around! 🙂 lol.

  8. 108
    Lauren says:

    too sweet! Yes – next time post a warning that we're going to need to kleenex! Happy Anniversary to you both – and 7 x 7 more beautiful years together!

  9. 109
    Stamp Your Art Out says:

    Our minister said something very true at church this last Sunday. He said that he's learned that the amount of return on romance is in direct proportion to the number of women you make "jealous". I think you got your mileage out of this one. Good job! :0)

    From a siesta with an awesome miesta herself

  10. 110
    Catrina says:

    Marriage is awesome! I'm a big fan of it 🙂

  11. 111
    shannon says:

    what a man- what a man- what a mighty good man!!!! 🙂

  12. 112
    Leslie says:

    I'm all for the cloning idea!!!! That is very sweet! Happy Anniversary!

  13. 113
    Linsey's Mom says:

    I loved the part about paying rent by returning some toothbrush holders. For our wedding over 13 years ago, we got china service for 22! 22 people – we would NEVER have that many at one time! Especially not to be served from our China. We took 12 settings back to the store and had a fabulous shopping trip! Plus, we still had some left to help with the rent! Ah, to be newly married a poor – that is the stuff that makes memories.

  14. 114
    Rachel says:

    I'm getting my husband to read this!! How sweet! Bless you guys!

  15. 115
    Emmy says:

    Ok SO precious! Happy Anniversary! So precious! : )

  16. 116
    michellemabell says:

    Oh this is just too sweet!!
    And to read your post Amanda, about him accidently telling you he loved you in a voice mail…just too precious.
    Happy Anniversary to you both!

    Your sister in Christ,


  17. 117
    Tara says:

    Happy 7th Anniversary! We love you both and are glad that you got married too! God knew what He was doing!

  18. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Happy Anniversary Amanda & Curtis!

    What a great son-in-law you've got Beth and Keith.

    God Bless all of you!
    Devonne from Idaho

  19. 119
    Lisa says:

    Okay, this may be the first time I'm at a complete loss for words…. But I think I can manage a couple anyway to say PRAISE GOD for marriages like Curtis and Amanda's. Chivalry is alive and well!!!

    Happy, Happy Anniversary, you precious people, you!!!

  20. 120
    A Woman of Righteous Confidence says:

    Happy 7th Anniversary you two! Here's an interesting bit of trivia…our son and daughter-in-love (her name is Amanda too!) were married in The Woodlands, TX on the same day as you were. You were the big news on Christian radio that day!

  21. 121
    Annalou says:

    Oh my goodness! How precious! Amanda… he's a keeper! :o)

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

  22. 122
    Carrie says:

    Wow, too cute! I love the originality!

  23. 123
    Ann says:

    How absolutely sweet! You two sound like you are definitely "a match made in heaven!" (I find it hard to believe that your Dad didn't like Curtis) 🙂 By the way, I read the dedication to Curtis in your Mom's study about John. That was so touching! I think it sounds like both of you are very special and blessed! Happy Anniversary!

  24. 124
    Moose Mama says:

    Very sweet! You come back and read this Curtis, when you are having a rough patch. It takes work…but it is soooo worth it.

    Congratulations and blessings to you both!

    Melana in Wyoming

  25. 125
    jennyhope says:

    Ok that was so sweet. I love how you added that her dad didn't like you…lol

  26. 126
    Warm in Alaska says:

    Happy Anniversary! Loved the post, Curtis. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Warm in Alaska.

  27. 127
    roxanne worsham says:

    Happy Anniversary to two very special and dearly loved people!

    To all the single siestas out there; wait until the Lord presents to you the gift He has for you in a mate. It is so worth it!!! My husband is far more than I deserve and I praise God for him!

    Thanks for sharing this very intimate and beautiful letter.

    Always praying for your entire family.

    Blessings upon blessings!

  28. 128
    glorysuzy says:

    God bless you both!

  29. 129
    Rachel says:

    Whew! Curtis, that was awesome! What a special gift for your wife to receive on your anniversary!

    Happy Anniversary you two!!

  30. 130
    Rachel says:

    Also, I bet Mr. Moore likes you now. 🙂

  31. 131
    Kim Noel says:

    I got all teary reading this. Congrats on your anniversary Amanda and lots of love!

  32. 132
    ~Trina~ says:


  33. 133
    Kristie says:

    Blessings on "year seven." My hubs and I are moving on to "year 9" in about 3 weeks…and against the odds, just let me testify…year seven WAS the worst year for us–we thought we were going to just give it up altogether at one point that year…but GOD IS SO FAITHFUL…and He really did leave us good instructions…when we began to follow them, He began to move on our behalf…and now–we don't just love each other–we actually FEEL like we love each other, too! "Year 8" has been AMAZING for us…it feels like a fairytale all of a sudden! Thank You, Lord…please bless Curtis and Amanda with your amzing peace, power, and love in their marriage this year!

  34. 134
    Pat from Kansas says:

    Happy Anniversary. Good job Curtis. Honoring your wife in front of other women is wonderful!
    I can still recall when my husband and I sang at a wedding for a young couple in our church and I heard my hubby tell this young groom "Boy, if you think you love her now, just wait about 10 years and you'll know you love her even more".
    Such things are cherished.
    God Bless this day and many more to follow!!

    Pat from Kansas

  35. 135
    sammie says:

    Happy Anniversary to a very special Siesta and her Miesta! My thoughts exactly. Happy Aniversary Amanda and Curtis.

  36. 136
    Anonymous says:

    Do you have a single brother?!
    I am a single woman looking for one good husband!!

  37. 137
    Anonymous says:

    7 year itch? That's when we had our first child 🙂 Don't believe those old wives tales. You two are great.

  38. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Curtis is a keeper, just like my husband of 18 years (on July 4). He didn't even get mad when I swept out the garage using the soft bristled brush he uses to wash the car. (Well, it looked like a broom to me!). He just went out and bought another car-wash brush. And I didn't get mad when he barbequed the side of the house with his new grill. Aahhh…this is the stuff of marriage.
    Blessings on your anniversary!
    Betty – Laurinburg, NC

  39. 139
    Angela says:

    How sweet is that?! Print it and frame it. My husband and I have our 15th anniversary in October and I have similar notes from him. I treasure these. I still have one he wrote while we were dating that he hid in my car for me to find. 🙂 Happy Anniversary!

  40. 140
    Honea Household says:

    I was kind of worried about "Year 7" but we are smack dab in the middle of it, and it's been one of the best!!!!!

  41. 141
    Honea Household says:

    Happy Anniversary, by the way…

  42. 142
    Carolina Light says:

    Marriage can be such a blessing and it is so very refreshing to see someone appreciate its beauty. And know this – it grows more beautiful with the years.

    To Curtis and Amanda: May God's blessing abound in your home.


  43. 143
    Kathy W says:

    I too am starting the morning crying over Curtis' sweet words for Amanda! Happy Anniversary and may your love only grow sweeter through the years!

  44. 144
    Retta says:

    Guys this is the greatest complement a husband can give a wife…to not only feel this way but to further express this kind of love and adoration and not just to her but in front of all her female friends.

    Amanda, hunny, you're truly blessed with a keeper. I pray i follow God and He leads me as He has so faithfully you…to the right one He has created for me and I for he.

  45. 145
    julie says:

    What a precious message for a precious woman! It only gets better and better, even when it gets harder and harder. Congratulations Curtis and Amanda!

    Julie in Tomball

  46. 146
    Anonymous says:


    My hubby and I I just celebrated 15. The first years are the real test of your true love for each other especially when you have only a few pennies in your pocket (so to speak). We spent the first 4 months living in a tent on the east coast. I figure if we made it through those sunny and sometimes "stormy" days and nights where we could've really gotten zapped by lightning season, we can face other storms in life (which we have had our share of) especially now that we are truly walking this journey of life with the Lord.

    When you put Him in the equation of your marriage, 1 year or 50 years together is worth it all!


  47. 147
    GentillyIzzie says:

    AW that is so sweet!! I was so not prepared to cry this morning!! Amanda you did good pickin him sister!!

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    Anonymous says:


  49. 149
    Lis says:

    I have tears streaming down my face, what a precious man! Happy Anniversary to you both!

  50. 150
    Natasha says:

    I didn't expect to tear-up this morning *sniff* and get my mascara all smudgy…Lol.
    Wow – God is smiling on the two of you and your love for each other!
    You are so blessed Amanda to have a man that 1)loves God, and 2) that loves you enough to put himself out-there like that….just awesome!!!! Happy Anniversary guys!

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