I vowed to honor, love, cherish and obey in the good times and bad, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health
until death did us part.
I took those vows 14 years ago today and even though it hasn’t always been easy (wow, especially the last 2 years); they are vows that I would say all over again to the love of my life. The man who God literally dropped down from Heaven to me 15 years ago and the ONLY man who I would EVER want to do this life with.
Dennis……I didn’t know it was possible to love you more today than the day I walked down that aisle to pledge my love and life to you. I had NO clue what life was going to throw at us (and at times it has felt like too much). But, no matter how tough the journey has been, no matter how difficult the climb and no matter the tears we have both shed…..IT HAS ALL BEEN WORTH IT, with you!
Life was easy…..life was calm…..life was peaceful for the most part! We worked, we played, we laughed, we loved and then like a thunderbolt from Heaven we decided that we wanted to be parents and God gave us our most precious gift. This little girl who was fearfully and wonderfully created by our Heavenly Father out of love…..but…..WOW! Who knew the rollercoaster the past 10 years this would be? God did, and He knew that I couldn’t do it alone and that you couldn’t do it alone, but He knew that together……together because of the love He gave us for each other and the way we both love Him that NO MATTER what life threw at us; He would equip us with whatever we needed. He has and I know He will continue to do just that. Equip us for this continued journey and allow us to find joy no matter our circumstances. Because, you see, I know He gave you to me because He knew you were the ONLY man who could handle me and handle us and He knew that no matter what, you and I together with His guiding hand would be able to do this…..
Today, we celebrate so much. Today we celebrate the good times, the memories, the love but also looking back and seeing God’s hand. His hand of guidance, direction and mercy. His hand of grace in the trying times and His hand of peace in the sad times. We celebrate the miracles we have witnessed and the milestones that might not have been. We celebrate the way He brought us together and the love that was formed. We celebrate the brokenness and the healing. We celebrate the bad choices and the good ones; the lessons learned and the tragedies averted. We celebrate finding God’s best in each other and accepting the things we cannot change. We celebrate our life together, our individuality and our being one.
I love that you allow that independence in me…..that individual person that is so different from most people. I love that you accept those things about me that A. you will never tame or change and B. that you really wouldn’t want to. I love that you love me for ME. OCD, germaphobe, control-freak, wine-drinking, Type A personality who sometimes doesn’t give a flying-flip about anyone or anything if they get in my way…..the girl who loves you and our daughter more than anything in this world. The girl who is completely different from the one you married due to life’s circumstances……the girl who you love, accept and never judge. You allow me to be me……even though that person I once was is no longer……you love the girl who evolved over this 14 years. I love you for that…….I love you for not trying to change me back to who I was but evolving with me. Because, you my dear husband, have done just that! Thank you, thank you for being my rock……my steady hand……my heart……my hope……and my very BEST FRIEND.
Happy Anniversary, my love……let’s do this for 14 more years and longer. As I told you the day we were married…..you are the love of my life and I am so very thankful God created you just for me!
I love you!