Five years ago today, you and I became husband and wife. I remember as if it were yesterday. I was nervous because I gave you no other option LOL. Yet, I was still excited and full of love. We didn’t know what will become of us, but we knew that our life and love was special and that we belonged together. I’m sure many thought of us foolish for taking such a big leap of faith and after only a year together. Now, five years later, I can say that going to Hilton with you that afternoon was the best decision I have ever made. Marrying you was the best leap of faith of my life.
After countless days of being married, I realized it’ll never be perfect. It is a choice that we make every day. It is a choice of choosing to return to each other again and again even when times are hard; especially when times are hard. It can be a choice of focusing on the dark or the light. A choice of being stuck with the need to be right or being heard. A choice of acting from love or fear. A choice of resenting or forgiving. A choice of giving or receiving. Finally, a choice of letting go or holding on.
Thank you for never quitting on me and letting me go, no matter how many times I’ve given you the opportunity.
In our beautiful marriage, we have challenged, struggled and cried together. We’ve pushed each other to the limit and continued to ask for more. We’ve fought while still trying our hardest to remain a team. We also inspired, supported & laughed together. We have moved through grief and loss together. We have waited when we were impatient. We have shined light on the darker parts of ourselves. We have forgiven. We’ve created, birthed and continue to work hard to raise two beautiful, kind, a little crazy & empowered children.
Before we move forward with the rest our lives together I’d like to thank you:
Thank you for being the best provider.
Thank you for listening when I needed to be heard, for respecting my values and opinions. Thank you for being a shoulder to cry on when I felt like my inner being was falling apart. Thank you for understanding when I needed time to myself, or that sometimes I would just want you to be nearby when I needed you. Even if it’s staying on the phone for hours.
Thank you for always telling me that I’m beautiful.
If there’s anything I should thank you for most, is that you taught me so much about myself. I’ve learned how to be more patient, how to listen more intently, how to sacrifice, and see what Love truly is – that it’s not just a feeling, but a choice. Overall, you taught me to be a better person, Thank you.
I understand now why God placed you in my path and why he chose the timing that he did. Living literally a world apart, I think often of all of the moments that had to align for us to meet again and all the challenges we had to go through to test our love and commitment. I am grateful for our years together, our adventures, even our mistakes and for every day after that I get to spend with you.
Our marriage I will work for and fight for everyday if it means having you by my side. You still are, and always will be, my dream come true, my answered prayer.
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For the laughter and for the tears and for five-times-many more years: I promise to always choose you, honour and respect you, to listen and be forever faithful. I promise to love you everyday and grow together, Forever.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
In love with you still, always,