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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


I can’t forget her eyes.

See? 🙂


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