FC: Celebrating Mike & Christie's 20th Anniversary | Memories of Yesterday | Dreams of Tomorrow
1: 20 years ago...
2: My Love, I have to believe in reincarnation . . . having been really good in a previous life is the only way to explain how I could possibly deserve you. What started out as a cute guy turned into the love of my life and my best friend bundled into one. As teenagers, we were quite likely a bit insufferable. Just ask our parents. As we grew up, we grew closer. I discovered how funny you were behind that quiet, serious exterior. Even then, I knew you were “the one”. In our twenties, we took off. Amazingly, I married my best friend and a few years later, look what we made together! Kendall is the ultimate proof of how good we are together. As I continued to enjoy my love and my best friend by my side, I was able to watch and see what a wonderful father you are too--the complete package. As we moved into our thirties, we settled down but never settled. And here we are in our forties and it just keeps getting better and we keep getting stronger. Looking back at the last 30 years, I can’t wait to see what the next 30 holds . . . and the 30 after that. Thank you for living with my peculiarities (sox – that’s all I’m saying), humoring my insanity (the cups and lids must match), comforting me thru my insecurities (too long to list) and above all else, loving me unconditionally. My heart is forever yours in this life--and the next. Love, Christie
3: My Love, Thirty-two years ago I thought girls were very interesting to look at, very mysterious, hard to understand and very scary to engage in conversation. I am glad I got past the scary part – the rest remains true. Initially what really attracted me to you was your drive, your eagerness to go after what you wanted, remember when you tracked me down at the lake at Camp Clover Hill to hold my hand?.. yes.. that’s just one example and I knew I was in trouble from that very moment but every day I’m thankful that you were successful in your hunt. I love you for who you were and who you’ve become over our thirty-two year relationship. You are kind and loving to everyone in your life – family, friends, co-worker, and new acquaintances. You set an example for me to follow to hold life’s challenges in the right frame and respond positively. You selflessly give your heart to our daughter and are a large part of the woman she is growing to become. You care for me in ways that I cannot or do not care for myself. You are my source of warmth on cold nights. You are my confidant and co-conspirator for plans great and small. You make me whole by your presence. I LOVE your sense of humor, your spirit, your ability and willingness to make order out of the chaos of life every day. I admire you for your womanly comforts and ability to calm my humors. I love your beauty in and out. I and so thankful I chose you as my wife, to spend every day besides you and the best part is that I am sharing my life not only with my wife, but with my Best Friend. Thank you for being part of my life and letting me share in yours. Love, Mike
4: Love begins in a moment, grows over time, and lasts for eternity.
7: It doesn't matter where you go in life, what you do ..... it's who you have beside you.
9: In June of 1997 a beautiful little baby girl was born.....
10: Miss Kendall
15: Mom and Dad, Gosh where do I start? I love you guys. You lead me by example every day. In all of your actions you show me everyday what love looks like, what caring looks like and what compassion looks like. Thank you for that. You guys guide me no matter what. You respect me and treat me like the young woman I’m becoming in your images. You have both blessed me with such a wonderful life and given me everything I need to succeed in life. It’s now up to what I do with it. You have made me a beautiful start and I promise to continue living to my fullest potential. I promise you’re not wasting your time haha. I’ll live to the standards you hold me to because it’s who you have made me to be. Through everything I have been through you always show me the good in the situation and show me how to make the best of everything. No one gets to choose their parents. Some are born into families that they don’t want. I want this one. We are able to laugh and cry and have fun together no matter where. We don’t need others to make us laugh; all we need is each other. In being a family that is whole and unbroken, I have learned to love unconditionally, and while that might cause boy drama for you, it has helped me open my heart to those who need it. You two are forever my role models. You put so much time and effort into raising me and I hope I’m not too much of a hand full ;). I love you guys and nothing will change that. You have made me proud to be your daughter and I hope you feel the same way. So don’t embarrass me ok? I love you! Xoxo, Kendall <3
16: Dear Christie and Mike, I’ve been filing through my brain to think of my favorite story about you two. It has to be ...Back when you two were trying to get pregnant, I was at your house in Kansas City for a weekend visit. I was putting on make-up as Christie told me you’d seen a doctor because of your concern about not getting pregnant. The doctor asked how often you were having sex, and you told him everyday! His thoughtful advice was to cut back I think he told you not to have sex more than every 2 or 3 days, to give Mike a chance to build up some much-needed deposits in his sperm bank, rather than depleting his precious supply with daily withdrawals. Of course, this made perfect sense, and it was not the good doctor's advice that makes this my favorite story. It was Christie's emphatic complaint, “This is really cutting into our sex lives!” Mindful that you two had already been married for five-six years, I was both astonished and impressed that it was still your pattern to have sex everyday. I’m sure my wide eyes gave away my reaction, and I probably stammered a bit when I answered Christie with something like, “Well, honey, I’m so glad to know that you and Mike enjoy each other like that so much” After 20 years of marriage, you two lovebirds still have the chemistry. It is extra fun that Kendall is old enough to be mortified by the knowledge that her parents actually have sex, and they are likely to continue. I say, keep it up, well I mean continue to embarrass the kid. Even more impressive than your pattern of intimacy is the teamwork that you two live day-in and day-out. You’ve done well together in so many ways, and I’m thrilled to see you in action as husband and wife, as parents, professionals, and as my loving, supportive family. You are thoughtful, generous, warm, fun, talented, smart, and good neighbors. You are two of my three most favorite people, and the third is a delightful blend of you both. Congratulations on 20 years of marriage! From the bottom of my heart, I LOVE YOU! Mom, aka, the Queen Mother
17: “Congratulations to Mike and Chris on your 20 year anniversary. We want to share with you just a few memories that we think explains why your marriage has been so successful. First, while completing your undergraduate degree in Business at MU in Columbia you both worked to pay your own way. Because you wanted to make good grades and to save money you rode your bikes to school each morning. You attended class and then studied together at the Union. We know that Chris helped Mike in courses she was good in and Mike did the same for Chris. A lot of studying and helping each other paid off because you both graduated with excellent grades. The next thing after graduation from MU and marriage you moved to Kansas City to start your life together. While in Kansas City you purchased your first home. It was an older home but you worked together to fix it up. ou painted it, decorated it and remodeled the bathrooms and kitchen. You made it into a very nice home and when it was time to sell you made a nice profit. Also while living in Kansas City you both realized a need to further your education. So, while working days you attended night school and received your MBA’s. That was a tremendous accomplish. But, the real accomplishment in Kansas City was the birth of our granddaughter Kendall. You had the sweetest and prettiest little girl we had ever seen. Chris you were an excellent Mom and Mike you were an excellent father. The next thing we remember was your move to Seattle Washington. It was sad for us because we would not see you as often. But, for you it was a move to a place where you would settle and be a family. As Kendall advanced in school you both have shared in her education and supported her in outside activities. With all your attention and guidance Kendall has become a beautiful and accomplished young woman. We are so very proud of our granddaughter. Mike and Chris we are also very proud of your accomplishment in the business world. As we think back on the twenty years we believe all your successes are because you work as a team. You support each other in whatever you do. With all our love, Mom and Dad Lay.
18: The Lays
19: Mike and Chris Congratulations on 20 years. Never enough time to do everything you want, but you guys have sure done a lot. Many great adventures from Columbia to Kansas City to St. Louis and now Seattle. How do you know who to cheer for? Family and pets, no regrets. Who is raising who? We have had a few memories together in your first 20 years, but cannot let the 2 coast limit making new memories in the next 20. Cheers!!!!! Love, Andrew, Meghan, Donna and Scott
21: The Legaults | Dear Christie and Mike It goes without saying we are so happy we moved from Maple Valley to Issaquah, that Kendall and Marieve met in school as that gave us the opportunity to meet and become best of friends, I guess our friendship was just meant to be! We truly appreciate you guys, your generosity, your kindness and your humor. When we're together, we always have a good time, lots of laughter and lots of wine too!!! And yes, sometimes we run out of pie but we will spare no effort to find some somewhere, somehow!!! Being friends with you is easy and we appreciate that so much, we can be ourselves and relax no matter if we are on vacation on a beach somewhere, camping on Vancouver Island, shopping in New York, on a soccer field or in each other kitchen, we get to experience friendship as it should be; easy! Dear Christie and Mike, congratulations on 20 years of marriage and we look forward to celebrating many more with you. Love, Isabelle and Pierre xox
22: The Melancons
23: Friends to our Family, Life Long Friends to each other.. Our common ground with Mike and Christie started with our children at a very young age. We enjoyed watching our kids play together and enjoyed sharing the experience of raising children together. Along the way, we found that we really enjoyed spending time with Mike and Christie and enjoy seeing how much they are committed to each other as a couple and Kendall. Our family loves being friends with yours and we love seeing a couple so in love with each other. Jeannie and Steve
24: To Christie and Mike, We have been a part of each other's lives for a long, long time. I've known Mike for almost 35 years and Christie for almost 30. Mike and I grew up together. . .and have been the best of friends ever since he welcomed me to his 3rd grade class at Parkade Elementary. I'm not sure how Mike avoided becoming a fellow band-geek, but we went through Cub Scouts together, Boy Scouts together, played soccer against each other, and commiserated about girls we liked late into the night during camping trips. Or rather, I commiserated and Mike talked about Christie. . .because Christie was THE girl in Mike's life. I have known Christie since the 8th grade. . .a wonderful friend and force of personality that I have always loved spending time with. In the beginning, I thought Christie might overwhelm my mild-mannered friend, Mike. . .but Mike and Christie were each other's soul-mate from the very start. Christie convinced me to take part in a program called "Missouri Business Week" that her Mom (Jan) was running. I convinced Christie to move to Seattle sight unseen when Mike had a job opportunity there. Mike honored me with an invitation to play a part in his wedding with Christie. . .and Kristin and I returned the favor when we asked them both to play a part in our wedding. Mike and Christie are the ONLY couple that Kristin and I have ever gone on vacations with. We've taken trips together to Tulum Mexico, Vancouver Canada, and the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. We love each other's company. . .sharing laughs and stories over good food and wine. We try to see each other at least once a year. . .sometimes in Seattle, sometimes in San Francisco, and sometimes in Chicago. Mike got me a job at Bank of America when I was trying to make a career switch. I dragged Christie into two start-ups that I tried to make successful. Mike and Christie made the "ultimate offer" when Kristin and I were thinking about making a significant life change. . .and Kristin and I still hope to call the Pacific Northwest "home" within the next 3-5 years. As I said, we've been a part of each other's lives for a long, long time. Congratulations on your 20th wedding anniversary, Mike and Christie! Kristin and I look forward to celebrating your 60th anniversary with you when the time comes. Love, Kristin & David
25: The Diggs
26: Good times....
29: House Projects
30: They have changed over the years, but the sparkle in their eyes is as bright as ever, and the love they have for each other is even stronger.