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If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you’ve probably seen this picture from my 10th wedding anniversary trip to the west coast with Deanna. She’s not really a fan of this particular pic, but it’s one of my favorites because of our smiles. Pure joy. Complete happiness. We are in love.

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Here’s a more recent pic of my Love. We stayed up an extra day after our district conference in Keystone last fall. I love her. I mean, REALLY love her.

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We’ve been on the journey together for a long time. We started “officially” dating when I was fifteen; she was eighteen. I was a sophomore; she was a senior. This pic is of her graduation day from the School of Mines. I was smitten from the moment I met her in the line at a lunch buffet in Pierre, SD.

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She’s the definition of beauty for me. Nobody melts my heart like Deanna. How lucky am I that THIS girl is my wife?

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And she’s always been a diva. Haha! And I mean that in a good way. She knows what she likes and what she wants. 🙂

AND she has always been selfless, thinking about others before herself, even her little rescue dog, Wilma.

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Here we are as a young couple… and that’s our baby-girl, Bella. What a joy! 🙂

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Bath time with Bella. She has always loved her kids with her whole heart. Family is her life.

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Her smile can — and does — fill a room. Every time. Everywhere we go.

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Life is always an adventure with her. ALWAYS. And full of surprises. The kinds of surprises that I’ll never forget. And she always keeps me guessing — when is the next one coming? She’s simply the best.

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I can’t forget her eyes.

See? 🙂

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We’ve been best friends for years. She is my light and inspiration. And I’m not just typing words. I mean it.

Happy Pi Day. I want to go to infinity and beyond with you.

Happy 18th wedding anniversary, tomorrow!

I hope this is just the beginning of many more lovely and awe-inspiring years together with you. Love you with my life!


Shawn Michael

Husband, father, musician, pastor, Internet junkie, and Foursquare District NextGen Rep for the Gateway District