I didn't post my menu yesterday because, honestly, this week it's nothing but convenience foods following my surgery. I'm feeling much better, but still not able to prepare full meals yet. On Friday Rick and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary, that is today.
Eight years ago, at 10:00 a.m., I made the most significant walk of my life. With a 6 year old on one side and a 4 year old on the other, I walked down the aisle toward the man who would forever change our lives. It was a crazy wedding in some respects, but all I cared about was devoting my life to a man who loved God as much as me and who I knew loved me above all others on earth.
When I woke up this morning I was so grateful to by lying next to that man, a man I love more today than I did 8 years ago. I thought about how today could be such a different day, how I could be waking up alone with so many regrets, with so much sadness. Sure there have been bumps in the road, and we have even been faced with "that" decision here recently as to whether it's all worth it. With God's love, care and forgiveness we made the decision that it sure as heck is, that there is nothing more important than being together and raising our family together. We have never been as happy as we are right now, or as close as a family, and I am so grateful!
We have been told that the 8th anniversary is the year of new beginnings. And, that rings true for us. Nothing tragic has happened in our marriage. But we have learned how complacency can creep up without our knowledge and small wedges grow large over time. Making our marriage the most important thing in our lives, under our relationship with God, is paramount!
So, this morning when I woke up next to Rick I was happier and more content than I have ever been in my life. I felt so alive and so happy and so grateful for this life I have, and for this marriage I treasure, for this man I claim as my own.
So, my sweet Rick, I want you to know today that I love you more than anything in this world. I thank you for loving me, for choosing to love me, for the children we have together, for the children we raise together, for your devotion to us in your career and your leisure time. There is no man on this earth I would rather be with and to be alone, without you, brings tears to my eyes to even imagine. You are the true love of my life and without you I am nothing. I love you so much! And to think ... the best is still yet to come! Happy Anniversary Babe!