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Phil and Amy Carter, 20th Anniversary

To My Princess,

On April 24, 1995, we were married. Like any couple, we dreamed of times we would share and places we would travel. We dreamed of our children and how we would raise them. We dreamed of our home and how it would look. We even dreamed of our pets and what we would name them. 

We dreamed of so many things as we gazed into our future. I can still remember looking into your eyes so many times back then and seeing everything I ever imagined in a wife and so much more than I ever expected to find. I knew then that I did not deserve this blessing from God. I asked you then to write your dreams down, and I promised you I would spend my life making them come true. Together we set out into this great big world to conquer them all. 
We have spent most of our days inseparable along the way. Our every thought has been of each other. Our every motivation has been strengthened by our love. Every day I am thankful for you. And still I find myself looking into your eyes. 
We have come to the close of our first 20 years together. We have traveled the world in service to God as missionaries. We have lived in the wilds of the African plains. We have set foot on the soil of more countries than we have fingers to count. We have been blessed with three beautiful children. And we have made a loving home in every country and state where God has sent us. 

In all of this, I still look into your eyes the same way I did back then, and I remember that I did not deserve you so long ago. I pray I have been a worthy Christian husband and a Christian father. I pray that our relationship has glorified God and made Him proud. I pray that you have always been happy in your decision to say “Yes” that day near the lake when I knelt before you shaking like a leaf in a storm. 
Today, 20 years later, I am reminded that I promised to make all your dreams come true. I am also reminded that I made your father a promise to always take care of you and keep you safe. Year after year I still read over your list of dreams in my heart, and I recall my words to your father. And I ask myself, “Am I deserving of this wonderful, beautiful, godly woman?” I hope that I am. 
My promise to you for these next 20 years is that I will never grow weary in making all your dreams come true. 
I promise to always love, honor, and cherish you all the days of my life. I promise to put you first, above myself. I promise to spend my days seeking to make your life happy by being a worthy husband and dedicated father. I promise to give all I have and all that I am to you and our family. 
I promise to fulfill my vows to God and to your father by taking care of you and keeping you safe. I promise to always strive to be the man you are proud of and the servant of God who is deserving of His wonderful gift entrusted to me. 
I promise to always treat you like a Princess. 
You are forever my Princess. Happy Anniversary.

Your Adoring and Hopelessly-in-Love-with-You Husband, 
— Phil

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