Beware of the Ides of March

Beware of the Ides of March

Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.

Caesar:
What man is that?

Brutus:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

“Beware of the ides of March” is a running joke in my family. You see, nineteen years ago, on the ides of March, I married my bride. We chose the date practically – I was in graduate school, and I was on quarter break and could take a nice honeymoon.

The day was marvelous. We were surrounded by family and friends, some of whom we had not seen in a very long time. The weather cooperated nicely. My bride was lovely – in fact, she was so lovely I wept as she walked down the aisle; she was everything I’d ever wanted.

Nineteen years later, through the ups and downs of marriage, she remains all I ever want. On our anniversary, I have made a custom of avowing publicly my love for Tammy and saying why I love her. Since this is our nineteenth anniversary, below are 19 reasons to love Tammy:




  1. She is a marvelously godly woman.

  2. She strengthens my faith and helps me be more like Jesus.

  3. She is kind to everyone she meets.

  4. She can cook with the best of them.

  5. She’s smart.

  6. She’s easy on the eyes.

  7. She is my biggest cheerleader.

  8. She loves to laugh.

  9. She is a superb mother.

  10. She works very hard for this family – she’s the first one out of bed and the last one in bed nearly every day.

  11. She’s graciously packed up and moved every time it’s been necessary.

  12. She’s by my side every step of my health struggles – going to doctor appointments and holding my hand when I’m scared (some of this stuff has been mighty scary), making sure life at home is as easy for me as possible, and praying for me constantly.

  13. Through the ups and downs of our marriage, she has never left my side.

  14. She loves to read.

  15. She enjoys Kentucky basketball as much as I do.

  16. Although she lives nearly five hours away, she seeks to honor her parents in every way possible.

  17. She gives wise counsel when I ask (and sometimes when I don’t).

  18. She can iron far better than I.

  19. She has forgiven me time and time again.

Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:28-29).

I’m thankful that I’ve had nineteen years with Tammy McKinney Imel, and I pray for many more. I pray that you are blessed with a spouse as great as mine. God bless!




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