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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I first saw her in Patty Cobb cafeteria on the Harding campus. She took my breath away. She still does. I kept spotting her after that -- sometimes by accident; at other times on purpose. I saw her alone at a seminar on evangelism at the College Church. (I never said anything to her. What's the right pick-up line for an evangelism conference? Perhaps some -- BOONE, QUILE, ELLIOTT -- can leave suggestions in the comments.) I saw her at the Lily Pool devotionals. I watched her play volleyball (in tight jeans, as I vaguely recall). Twenty-seven years ago today we were married at the Westside Church of Christ in Searcy. Dwaine Powell, my former roommate, performed the ceremony, meaning that the oldest person on the stage was 22. The truth? It's been hard at times. We both had "issues" to deal with; we spent too much time mad at each other; we went years with little sleep (during Megan's ten years of life); and we couldn't find each other in the fog of grief for a couple years after Megan's death. AND YET . . . we now have the marriage we always wanted. We got here only by tying a knot in the rope and holding on during some of the hard years. But even during the hard years, she took my breath away. May 11, 1978 was a very good day. This one is even better.

29 Comments:

  • Happy anniversary, Mike. May God bless you.

    How about, "Let's break the ice by organizing a campaign to Antarctica."

    By Blogger Ken Hines, at 5/11/2005 04:05:00 AM  

  • Congratulations and God bless you.

    By Blogger JD, at 5/11/2005 04:36:00 AM  

  • Happy Anniversary! Are you sure it was Diane that took your breath away at Patty Cobb?

    "The marriage we always wanted" is a great line! Very hopeful for those who are struggling, especially in the early years.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 5/11/2005 04:55:00 AM  

  • Happy Anniversary you two!

    By Blogger Candy, at 5/11/2005 04:56:00 AM  

  • Mike:
    I remember the date very well. I was one of those young 21-year-olds at the front of the church with you. I remember every day after NT Survey (where I sat right behind Diane) you would ask me how she wore her hair, what did she wear, did she speak..... Ugh. The things we do for our roommates. But seriously, you and Diane are two of my favorite people. Congratulations and may God continue to richly bless you. And as you serenade a big of "John Denver" to Diane tonight, imagine me sitting beside you like we once did singing harmony. Well, maybe not.

    By Blogger Buzz, at 5/11/2005 05:13:00 AM  

  • Happy Anniversary!

    By Blogger Ed Harrell, at 5/11/2005 05:17:00 AM  

  • Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate!

    You two certainly deserve a day of celebration!

    !!!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY !!!!


    My! How I love and admire you two!

    May our gracious God richly bless this day for you, Diane, and the boys!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 5/11/2005 05:52:00 AM  

  • Congrats to Diane for putting up with you for this long! :)

    Was Staff in your wedding? How about DB? Where is Dwaine now?

    Happy Aniversary, brother!
    I love both of you very much,
    DU

    By Blogger David U, at 5/11/2005 06:11:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Chad, at 5/11/2005 06:33:00 AM  

  • Happy anniversary. Give Diane our love. We love and miss you both.

    By Blogger Chad, at 5/11/2005 06:37:00 AM  

  • "What's a nice Campbellite like you doing in a place like this?"

    "Let's get together and develop a new hermeneutic."

    [Hands her a foyer brochure on heavy petting...] "We could be on the fast tract to love..."

    By Blogger Terry Austin, at 5/11/2005 06:40:00 AM  

  • Mike, I didn't realize you were married 4 days before I was at Westside. (I wasn't paying too much attention to anything else during those last weeks before graduation/wedding/start the rest of your life ready-or-not, which I wasn't)

    Anyway, Happy Anniversary!

    Buzz Ball singing harmony? That's a scary thought.

    don

    By Blogger don, at 5/11/2005 06:42:00 AM  

  • Don - Buzz and I were Time of Day wannabees. We had "snap" and "crackle." Just no "pop."

    By Blogger Mike, at 5/11/2005 07:11:00 AM  

  • Oh my, Mike Cope...it's much too early in the day for me to start crying! What sweet things to say about your wife. Happy anniversary to you both.

    By Blogger Jana, at 5/11/2005 07:24:00 AM  

  • Congrats. I love to hear stories like this. Real and hope-filled.

    What do you think about these pick up lines?

    "Hey baby, what's your mission?"

    "Have we met before? I could have sworn I'd seen you in Kampala, or was it Jinja?"

    "Preach to me baby, I'll convert!"

    OK, I'll stop before I start offending people.

    By Blogger Fajita, at 5/11/2005 07:29:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I've have responded to your "invitation" to leave a few suggestions but have not put them in the comments due to their length. I have also added a few other types of pick up lines that you might enjoy.

    www.joelquile.blogspot.com

    You asked for them Mike!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 5/11/2005 07:55:00 AM  

  • Friends - You've got to go over to joelquile.blogspot.com and read his full list of Christian pick-up lines. But here are the ones he wrote in response to my request this morning:

    Joel's Top Ten Pick Up Lines At An Evangelism Conference:

    10. Are you lost?

    9. You know Jesus? Really? Me too!

    8. Do you know the difference between making out and witnessing? (she replies: "no") Do you want to go witness with me?

    7. Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?

    6. Is it a sin that you stole my heart?

    5. My name is Will. God's Will.

    4. I don't want to covet. I'm going to make you mine!

    3. I picked David over Goliath!

    2. Wanna go knock some doors?

    1. You put the "cute" in persecution!

    By Blogger Mike, at 5/11/2005 08:08:00 AM  

  • Mike-

    I look forward to the day when I have a wife that deserves, and receives, such fantastic words.

    Congrats.

    By Blogger Matt, at 5/11/2005 09:35:00 AM  

  • "Hey, honey, I'd love to immerse myself in YOU for change..."

    "Wanna know about the five steps to LOVE?"

    "Did you know the name 'Diane' come from the Greek word for 'Hot Foxy Mama'??"

    Congratulations, Mike & Diane. Seems like just yesterday you guys looked like this! Enjoy your celebration!

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 5/11/2005 11:15:00 AM  

  • Love that picture from Matt. You guys have never pretended to be perfect and somehow it makes you more so. Happy Anniversary!

    By Blogger SG, at 5/11/2005 11:25:00 AM  

  • All I've got to say is that our "inappropriate content" block wouldn't pull up your blog today, Mike. I guess it was all the tight jeans and pick up lines in the comments!

    "Sorry kids, you can't read Preacher Mike's blog... it's actually a blocked site!" Ha-ha-ha!!!!!!!

    Love that Diane! One of my favorite people!

    By Blogger Amy Boone, at 5/11/2005 11:51:00 AM  

  • Happy Anniversary, bro. You and I seriously married over our heads. Hug Diane for me.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 5/11/2005 01:21:00 PM  

  • If I posted my pickup lines, you'd understand why there were seven years between my first and second marriages ....

    Happy anniversary, Copes!

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 5/11/2005 01:26:00 PM  

  • Little ditty about Mike and Diane
    2 American kids growin up in the heartland
    Mikey’s gonna be a preachin’ star
    Diane never saw the backseat of Mikey’s car (until they were married, of course).

    Suckin' on chili dogs outside the Frozen D’s
    Diane's sittin' on Mikey’s lap
    He's got his hands where they are supposed to be
    Mikey say "Hey Diane they might run me off when I start to preach
    But if you’re behind me, girl, I’ll preach how I please.”
    And Mikey Say

    Oh yeah life goes on
    Long after the thrill of the invitation is gone
    Oh yeah say life goes on
    Long after the thrill of the invitation is gone, they walk on

    Mikey sits back reflects his thoughts for the moment
    Scratches his head and does his best Billy Graham.
    Well you know Diane, “we oughtta run of the city”
    Diane says "Baby, you mean Abilene?"
    Jacky say a

    Chorus

    Gonna let it rock
    Let it roll
    Let the Bible Belt come down
    And Save My soul
    Gettin' rid of 16 as quick as you can
    Changes come around real soon
    Make us women and men

    Little ditty about Jack and Diane
    Two american kids doing the best they can

    By Blogger Fajita, at 5/11/2005 01:42:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    OK, Joel Quile is out of control! Happy Anniversary! Love you guys. I pray for many more years of happiness and holiness! Be blessed.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 5/11/2005 04:30:00 PM  

  • Some of these comments are a little out of control!! But really, I'm so happy for you guys. You're a testimony to what I want my marriage to be like. I know you've been through lots of hard times, but you've stuck it out, and that's what I admire most about you. Give your sweet wife a hug for me. I love you guys soooooooo much!

    By Blogger Heather A, at 5/11/2005 06:21:00 PM  

  • I would totally wear that outfit Mike's wearing in Matt's picture. Are those low-rise boot-cut flare jeans and western belt from Gap? Man...stylin' and profilin'.

    Congrats.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 5/11/2005 08:11:00 PM  

  • Mike, where were you when Bob Dylan was hitting on Diane under the tree?

    I'm extremely bitter that work obligations preclude me from matching Quile's time-guzzling, pick-up line litany.

    The best I could do at 1 a.m. was one for each MPAA rating.

    G: "I was so excited about this evangelism conference that I went ahead and saved this seat for you."

    PG: "I hate to be the one to tell you, but that guy you've been dating is a eunuch...not that there's anything wrong with that."

    PG-13: "Think no one has the gift of tongues anymore? Open wide."

    and R: "Would you marry me if I became a missionary and..."

    I better stop. If Amy says the other stuff wouldn't make it past our filter, the end of this one sure won't.

    Congrats, Mike and Diane.

    By the way, I double checked the anniversary gift-giving pecking order for you: it's always silver on the 25th and guacamole at 27.

    By Blogger Grant, at 5/12/2005 12:15:00 AM  

  • You mentioned the Patty Cobb cafeteria at Harding. When I was @ Harding they renovated and renamed the cafeteria after Charles H. White. They unfortunately made the sign read only "White Cafeteria." This promted some student to add a sign under it on cardboard which read, "Where do the black students eat?" Needless to say, they renamed the cafeteria the "Charles H. White Memorial Cafeteria" as quickly as possible.

    By Blogger Trey Laminack, at 5/17/2005 04:25:00 PM  

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