Fifteen Years of Soulmate Joy

Michelle Stimpson & Bill Stimpson

I’ve been following my joy around since the early 90’s, and his name happens to be Bill. We got married 15 years ago today! I remember the day before our wedding, he consoled me after I had a meltdown from being so overwhelmed. He then proceeded to iron my outfit for our rehearsal dinner and help me pack my suitcase for our honeymoon; two tasks which I couldn’t seem to do on my own. That day he picked me up when I fell, and as the years go by, life with Bill has only gotten sweeter.

After all the preparations were made and everything was set for our big day, Bill said, “Wait! We forgot something!” He continued to say that it might be helpful to have barf bags in the church pews because people might get sick from us being so cute together up on the altar. Good one! This young twenty-something dude was always thinking.

In our first apartment together, complete with hand-me-down mismatched furniture from gracious family members, we said that our marriage was like a “24-hour slumber party.” And 15 years later that couldn’t be more right-on, as we still can’t seem to get enough of each other.

Feeling grateful

And so this morning as I wave out the window to Bill as he drives away to work, my heart is full with gratitude. Watching him cruise down the road, I think to myself how cool it is that I married the sweetest guy: my best friend, my soulmate.

I married the guy who fixes my computer and sews a button on my jacket. I married the guy who makes our meals and builds our decks. The guy who can whip up a fancy new drink in a heartbeat, and the guy who watches chick flicks with me and cries at all the right moments. The guy who hides funny notes and pictures of goofy animals around the house for me to find and always smiles wherever he goes. No wonder why his mom calls him “Sonshine”!

At the end of a typical day, Bill comes home from work and heads right to the living room couch to meet up with me so we can share the happenings of the day with each other. And he listens to what I have to say with all his heart, even when it’s about the most trivial of details.

He makes late-night runs for me to Super America when I must have Peanut M&M’s. He greets me with a smile in bed every morning even if he isn’t fully awake, just to let me know he’s there. He chases me around the house and speaks in cartoon voices and constantly makes me laugh. He gets teary-eyed when I tell him about how much I love my work and how happy I am. He shares my dreams and my enthusiasm for life. He cares so deeply about me and my world and engages with me in deep and spiritual life-affirming conversations. He calls me the sweetest names from “Princess” to “Snickers” to “Daffodil.” He protects me and sees beauty in all things. He runs my bath water and washes my car.

Hangin’ together

We pal around together and love being at home, just the two of us. We’ve created a pretty simple life together…dreaming, visioning, creating, and being.

One fun memory comes to my mind that perfectly describes Bill. I made an S.O.S. call to him one day from my cell phone in a department store dressing room. I needed to find a new dress for an upcoming event and I couldn’t decide which one to go with. Within 15 minutes he was planted on the “guy’s” chair outside of the dressing room waiting for me to model each of the cute black dresses I had picked out. Yep, that’s my guy.

Bill helps me think bigger and believe in myself. He is the guy who all babies and dogs want a piece of. He’s the guy who cheers me on in following everything that brings me joy. With him I feel respected, valued, affirmed…and loved like crazy.

Together we recently created a vision board with our combined dreams and wishes for the future. At the bottom of the board is a great quote by Ginger Rogers: “When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other; they look in the same direction.” Ahhh…perfect.

Five years ago on our 10th anniversary we renewed our vows, just the two of us, at the base of the magnificent Redwoods in Northern California. It was so incredibly silent in the forest, that we felt compelled to whisper. Afterwards, I had a song all cued up ready to play for Bill in the car. Every word of the song still rings true today. It’s Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up”:

You raise me up so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.


So today I raise a glass in celebration of 15 years of love, laughter, fun, and pure joy. This world is a brighter place because of my Bill, and I am consciously grateful every day for the gift of being able to call him my “partner.” And it gets better…and better…every day.

Bill Stimpson & Michelle Stimpson


Note: Wanna see a hilarious story from our honeymoon?! Check out Just Another Day On The (Nude) Beach. :)

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29 Responses to “Fifteen Years of Soulmate Joy”

  • james says:

    I second the toast….Buck is as good as they come, no question about it.

  • You two are so amazing – a shining example for us all. Happy Anniversary!!!
    P.S. LOVE the wedding photo.

  • Sarah says:

    That was just lovely, and it was wonderful to read something so positive!
    Love you guys and happy anniversary!

  • Connie says:

    COMPLETELY BAWLING my eyes out…

    I’m so THRILLED to have you both in my life.

    Happy Anniversary to a couple that exemplifies the meaning of love. :)


  • Joe says:

    Dear Michelle and Bill,
    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!! You guys are the best! I enjoy your blog.

  • Nancy says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Congratulations on 15 wonderful years together! I loved reading your blog about all of the little things that Bill does for you along with the true love that you have. And the way Bill makes you laugh with all of the goofy things he does. It is always so great when you know someone has met their soul mate!

    Enjoy your day today and many more years together!

  • Marla says:

    That blog post, my dear, is just about the sweetest thing I have ever read. Congratulations to you and Bill on 15 beautiful years and may the next 15 years be even better for the two of you!

  • Lori says:

    You guys are such a beautiful couple! I couldn’t be happier and more filled with joy over the love you share together.

  • Michelle says:

    Just beautiful, Michelle. Just beautiful. God gave you Bill and you to Bill because you are both so awesome and deserve the best.

    You are a great role model, in how to love and be a great friend. How to be transparent and say what’s on your heart.

    Love you both!

  • Julie says:

    This is a beautiful tribute to Bill! It made me cry and laugh.
    You’re a lucky gal!

    Happy Anniversary!


  • Tunie says:

    Happy anniversary, Michelle (and Bill)! Clearly, you two were meant to be together. I found your blog entry, celebrating this “keeper,” very touching and couldn’t shake the feeling that fairy tales do come true! What a priceless gift each of you is to the other… thanks for another inspiring entry on your blog.

  • Lana says:

    I toast both of you; you are both an inspiration…
    Love and congratulations!

  • Marilyn says:

    Wow, that made me cry. So SWEET, just like Bill! And the picture was priceless. Bill looks like such a little boy!!

  • Hinda says:

    Dear Michelle,

    Thank you so much for sharing your “Love” story. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on 15 years of being in joy with your soulmate. You are indeed blessed to have found each other. And, might I add, that Tom and I are blessed to have found you and Bill!

    Love and hugs,

  • Lori says:


    I LOVED reading about you and Bill, you guys are SO perfect for each other. You’re such an inspiration to SO many! Enjoy celebrating!


  • Ruth says:

    Michelle, Thanks for sharing. Yours is a wonderful love story! I feel great just getting a glimpse of it.

  • Maren says:

    Oh, I was teary after the first paragraph! Interestingly enough…I know Bill that way too–he is a constant, tender (and manly) man…you both deserve each other and I am so pleased you are one of the couples that takes each day to appreciate one another!

    ‘To another lifetime together!’

    Love you,

  • Megan says:

    I just read your blog and am trying to type between wiping away happy tears. :-)

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Wow…15 years…congratulations on an accomplishment too few are ever able to celebrate and appreciate in today’s world.

    Your blog was beautiful and inspired me to find a way to celebrate my own marriage today. What a testimony to love and really when all is said and done…what else is there to capture and continue joy in life?

    So much of what you wrote resonated with me and made me count my blessings twice.

    Many blessings,

  • Char says:

    You two just seem to fit so well and enjoy married life together! I wish you many more happy and wonderful years together!

    You should be proud of yourselves, in this day of disposable marriages you are living true to your vows!

  • Lisa Saline says:

    What a wonderful dedication to your marriage. Some people spend a lifetime to find a mate like yours. Congratulations.

  • Jane and Mike says:

    We love you guys for being you!!!
    You both are blessed to have one another. :)

    We celebrate your 15 years of marriage with you! Wheeeeee!!!!!!!

    Mike and Jane

  • Ken Foster says:

    Now that was moving. What a beautiful tribute to a life well lived. Happy Anniversary and here is to another 15 years filled with even more love, joy and happiness. You are both in my heart and prayers.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you, Michelle, for sharing parts of your love story. You two are a JOY to know.

  • Stephanie says:

    Michelle, That was beautiful! I love the part about Bill leaving notes and funny pictures for you around the house… I think sometimes we are too busy to be goofy like that anymore… it sure makes life more fun! You and Bill are a wonderful example of how a marriage should and can be. It has certainly made me think about my marriage and being grateful for the little things. Beautiful!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Shar says:

    Happy late Anniversary Michelle and Bill! I am trying to catch up on the blogs!!! Michelle, you look beautiful in the pic…and what a handsome dude you are Bill! Congrats to you two and many many more years of slumber parties to you!(Brent and I call our life that too!!) I love you two, Shar

  • Janice Kern says:

    Can I have Bill when you're done?

  • A heartfelt thank you to my readers and friends for all the LOVE posted here! I am overjoyed by your virtual hugs.

  • Anna Bjerken says:

    I’m so glad that you are my ‘sister’! I am also glad that you and Bill are so happy and in tune with each other!!
    Happy Anniversary!! You are perfect for each other. I love both of you so much!!

  • Mom says:

    Beautiful tribute to both of you. He could not give that kind of love if he did not also receive it. Love Mom S

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Michelle Stimpson Hi and thanks for visiting - so glad you're here! This blog is especially for cool people who want to experience joy and live a life of purpose. Welcome!

Here you'll find great stories that will inspire you and remind you that life is good, and there's an abundance of joy all around us. Simply put: When you follow the things in life that make you come alive and bring you joy...the magic begins to unfold.

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Michelle Joy Stimpson
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Life Coach, LifeShine

Bill Stimpson: Partner-In-Crime

Bill Stimpson Hi! Not only will you see me “show up” in many of Michelle’s stories and posts here, but I also serve as Michelle’s editor, helping her clarify intentions and make her posts shine.

One of the great joys in my life is being involved with this blog! It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on the things that bring me joy. It also feels great to be sharing so many of these joys with you - in hopes that you, too, will find ways to focus on your own joyful experiences.

Here's to an abundance of joy in your life!

Bill Stimpson
Hubby & Associate Editor

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