From the River through the Mountains to the Beach

On an October evening in 2002, I first laid eyes on a very attractive lady. Nearby was the Ohio River which was snaking it’s way through the city of Louisville. Little did I know at the time that our own river would traverse a different path than the Ohio.

Instead of flowing into the mighty Mississippi River, our path would climb into the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. On September 18, 2004 this lady and I stood on the side of one of those mountains to join our lives together in marriage. On that day – 8 Years Ago Today – we became Mr. and Mrs. Gantz. Frank and Suzie (technically it is Suzette) became Fruzie’s. No longer two, but one flesh.

We did not linger on the mountain, but followed our path which now has settled on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. Only God knows if the path ends here or takes another direction. It certainly has looped back and around more often in 8 years than we would have thought.

I guess when you choose a 4-locations honeymoon, you have to expect some twists and turns along the way. 8 years ago we began that honeymoon in Gatlinburg. Then we moved it to Orlando, then to Ft. Lauderdale, then to South Beach.

The Ft. Lauderdale stop was abruptly ended when a hurricane rolled into town. A year later on our first anniversary, we decided that we would complete what we missed in Ft. Lauderdale. However, another hurricane in 2005 ushered us out of town near the end of our trip.

So, what are we going to do to celebrate our 8th? We are going back to Ft. Lauderdale. If at first you don’t succeed…

This time we only have to drive about half an hour south of our home to get there. Before we were traveling from Louisville.

We are looking forward to some evening beachside dinners and strolls and some relaxing on the beach during the day time hours.

Just like our geographical journey, our marriage has faced some changes in scenery. My career shifts have left us dizzied at times. Yet through each bend and turn, we have faced the challenges together.

We have experienced more than our share of change during these eight years. When I look back to where we were and to where we are now, I am thrilled. We have much more depth to our relationship. Our love for each other is light years beyond what it was then. And we really loved each other then.

God has been so good to us. We have much more of a spiritual union now than we ever have. Unlike the physical bodies that aren’t nearly as strong or toned as they were before, our souls are stronger than ever. More than ever I want to be a Christ-like husband who loves his wife and gives his life for her.

Thank you, Lord for a wonderful wife, and thank you Suzie for being a wonderful wife.