What do you need to celebrate?

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Just Married! Paul and Melinda Batz, October 18, 1986

If we are lucky…at least once in a lifetime, the moon and the stars fully align.   And the bright lights of hope and promise shine directly upon us.  And we are completely filled with unfiltered love.

That first moment for me was 25 years ago today, when Melinda Sue Moen said “I do” to Paul Hunter Batz.  Yep, today’s the day…and we’re fixin’ to celebrate!  Watch out Maui, here we come.

We are celebrating a pizza and beer style romance. We wake every day with a “you get out of life what you put into it” strategy.  We raised three kids with a work hard, play hard, give hard and rest hard attitude.

Looking back, I wonder if Melinda really knew what she was signing up for… Today, we are business partners!  To get here, we have navigated through four jobs, two business partnerships and some book writing along the way.  We’ve remodeling three homes, and blended that with volunteering and philanthropy, all while cultivating love with family and friends.

Clearly some days are better than others!  25 years is a long time for any partnership — that’s more than 9,130 days, with hardly any weekends off. Every marriage — or business partnership — has moments that test character and commitment.  If nothing else, we’re heading to Maui on November 1st to pop some champagne and celebrate our stick-to-it-iveness…

Now, we need your help!  If you’ve ever been to Maui, tell us your favorite things to do — we intend to rest hard…but we also intend to play hard as well.  You know, its time to seize the day — building the memories of the next 25 years. Please ‘leave a reply’ and shower us with your advice.

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