It was weird walking over to that grave marker a few days ago. I had not been there for a few years. The National Cemetery is such a peaceful and beautiful place. One of the few veterans benefits that I have ever used. Just seeing my name on the marker was a bit surreal. Walking over to it brought back so many memories of the first time I was here so many years ago - today marks twenty years when my first wife Ellen passed away.
What I most remember about Ellen was her zeal and zest for life. And her love for the Lord. She was a wonderful wife and mom who brought joy into our home every day. I remember that day when her heart and kidneys failed at age 39. I will always remember the courageous ways that she faced adversity in those last four years. Our twenty-three years together shaped me so much as a man and as a follower of Jesus. I will always be thankful for the way that God brought us together and the impact she had on my life.