A year ago we had a lot on our minds. There were people, programs, vow books, photographers, red shoes and cupcakes to worry about. Every single worry and frantic trip to Michaels/The Container Store/Sam's Club was worth it because that day was the best of my life thus far. There are far too many days when my heart aches to do it all over again.
However, after being your wife for one year now, I am blessed by the simple things. Falling asleep on your chest. Sharing a bowl of popcorn. Trying a new restaurant. Learning to tango and foxtrot. Your predictable "drive safe" instruction whenever we part. Saturday morning pancakes followed by a long run and the farmers market. Making cookies, mountain biking and baseball games.
I love that we have no drama. That when the world is spinning around us, our marriage is the unmovable core. It's definitely been a crazy year. We moved to another state. Attended weddings and a funeral. Became landlords. Adopted a kitten. Explored a new city and started new jobs. Found a new church and new small groups. Went from a modern condo to an apartment with a lot of character. Left our friends to find new ones.
Almost everything has changed. In this year, I have learned that we're still us no matter where we live or who we are friends with. I've learned we're even stronger in our marriage when we're surrounded by positive, encouraging people who share our passions and values. I've learned that although I love downing a bottle of wine with you while watching endless episodes of Dexter, I'm super excited for our next steps in life no matter what God has in store. I've learned that following our own passions provides an incredible opportunity to cheer from the sidelines.
It was a year of changes, learning, adjusting and a whole lot of fun. Thank you for choosing me every day.
I love you with all that I am and will ever be.