Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If I Knew Then ...

We talk about 20/20 hindsight and things we would change if we only had it. We think about things that would be different and lament, "If I knew then what I know now."

But on this day, I say, "I would do it all over again."

Randy and I celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary today. On March 28, 1981, a couple of farm kids from Kansas walked down the aisle of the Pratt United Methodist Church and began a new journey.

I think about what I wouldn't have if I hadn't said, "I do." I wouldn't have Randy. We wouldn't have had Jill or Brent to take us on this journey we call parenthood.

We wouldn't have a beautiful new granddaughter named Kinley who continues a legacy of love, laughter, hope and dreams.

I am immeasurably blessed. So on this special day, here's a song. All the lyrics aren't perfect for this Kansas couple, since we haven't spent much time riding buses in Chicago.

But isn't that a metaphor, too? Love isn't perfect either. But I wouldn't trade it, "If I knew then, what I know now ..."

Love only comes once in awhile
Knocks on your door and throws you a smile
And takes every breath
And leaves every scar
Speaks to your soul
And sings to your heart

If I knew then what I knew now
I'd fall in love


  1. Happy Anniversary! And I'm thinking Kinley looks a bit like her Grandma! Loved the glimpse back at those two kids!

    1. Thanks, Mrs. E! We definitely think Kinley looks like her mama.

    2. Well, if Kinley looks like Grandma Kim then she must look like her great grandmother too. Your wedding picture is beautiful, and you do look like your mother in that picture, Kim. Thirty-one years! Even longer since those little blond girls sitting in the pew at the Byers Methodist Church that I remember!! Happy Anniversary.

    3. Thanks, Lynda! It's hard to believe it's been 31 years (and a lot longer since those little blond girls sat in the Byers church). Thanks for the anniversary greeting!

  2. Happy Anniversary, Kim and Randy! I hope you have a great day and many more healthy years together.

    1. Thanks, Robyn! We spent the morning working baby calves - 3rd morning in a row! I'm hoping for "healthy" years, too!

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