I wrote a song to my wife as a tribute to ten years of marriage. Now at nineteen years, I'm wondering where time has gone! Anyway, I think the words to this song are just as appropriate today as they were in 1999. Built To Last To My Wife, On Our Tenth Wedding Anniversary Joel L. Cress; © 1999; All Rights Reserved Within my sight a lovely apparition, That struck a mortal wound deep in my heart; Your excelling beauty fashioned in Christ Jesus Made me pray that some way we would never part. Despite the hopes and dreams I had beforehand, My wildest expectations far surpassed... For God had formed a treasure for my keeping A destiny of love thats built to last. Our early years remind me of our pleasures, Of precious moments drifting endlessly: From evening strolls and pleasant conversation, To gentle, passionate heights of ecstacy. You filled my heart and mind with ways to please you; You fixed my gaze upon a goal held fast An ever-focused, firm determination, That by Gods grace wed build a love that lasts. The moving hands of time have brought some changes; Life is far more complex now than then; Yet through each passing moment youve stayed with me: A loving wife, a Christian, my best friend. As God has grown this couple to a family, With fascination I hold this truth hard cast You are an overwhelmingly good mother, Dedicated to build a love that lasts. As the moments fly, with fearful trepidation I selfishly trap time within my clasp. But alas! The more I try to slow the passing, Time slips like sand so quickly from my grasp. But as the heights of hopes of our tomorrows Descend to join the reminiscent past, I have learned this truth through every situation By God our love was truly built to last. Happy anniversary, Judy. I love you, dear!