This blog is for Kevin, the love of my life. I can’t believe it’s been four years since we said “I DO.” It feels like it was yesterday…such a cliché thing to say, but still so true. I remember waking up that morning on a flat air mattress between my sisters, praying it was real and not just a dream. I remember the pre-wedding flurry, arriving at the church in a frenzy of bridesmaids and hairspray and waterproof mascara. I remember walking down the aisle to your tear-stained face, never surer of anything in my life. I was so blissfully happy, so certain that no one in world had a love like ours. I’m still certain of that today.
They say the wedding is only the beginning—that your love grows stronger with every passing year. Four years ago, I didn’t think that was possible. Now I totally get it. What we had then was just the tip of the iceberg. I had no idea how wide and long and high and deep and rich and safe and fun and exciting our love would be. Simply put, you are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
I’m just so thankful for you, so abundantly grateful that I get to be your wife. You still put a smile on my face every time you come in the front door. I still go to bed every night feeling like the luckiest girl in the world, to be lying next to you. I just can’t believe I get to do life with you. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again and again: You are the funniest person I know and you make everyday a hilarious adventure. Even the mundane and difficult days are better by your side—still mundane and still difficult, but so much more bearable together.
You have the most gracious heart of anyone I know. You forgive so quickly, almost effortlessly (as it should be, but so often isn’t). When I morph into the rotten & selfish me (the me that would be if Christ hadn’t come to my rescue) you have a way of loving me back, of smothering me with mercy and patience and kisses until I can’t see anything but God’s love and your love. Your heart is a bottomless cup of forgiveness. You’re such a tangible expression of Jesus in that way.
The past four years have been the best years of my life. Not only are you my Carmex holder, kitchen dance partner, cockroach killer and coffee maker, you are my favorite companion, biggest advocate, and greatest treasure.
I am eternally grateful to the Great Matchmaker for giving me you.
Happy Anniversary! I love you!