Today marks 9 years I have been married to your daddy. Nine years of marriage that have flown by too fast!
Daddy and I met the very first day I arrived at Oklahoma State University in August 1999…wow I feel old typing that! We didn’t technically start dating until that October but I knew the night I met him, he was someone special. We never exchanged numbers or anything but happened to run into each other at a party that October night. I saw your dad across the group of people and we made eye contact. A few minutes later he walked up to me and told me I was beautiful. We spent the entire evening talking and laughing. We went with some friends to Wal-mart (I know, romantic right?) and we played in the toy aisle forever! I still have my Star Wars toy we bought that night. We went to Whataburger and ate with friends and then watched the sun come up at the lake. As our friends dropped me off I didn’t know if I would see him again. I knew we were meant to be together so on my way to class that morning I left a note on his Jeep. And the rest is history!
We were young and in love but we also spent a lot of time talking about things….politics, religion, family, kids, careers, etc. We had SO much fun together! Your daddy was not only my boyfriend at the time but he became my best friend. I met your dad shortly after my mom passed away and he was such a gift from God and I believe put in my life at that time for a reason. He truly helped me grieve my mother’s death and was such a pillar of strength for me. For the first time in a long time I felt I had someone protecting me.
Over the past 12.5 years we have endured a lot of sad times as well as happy times. We have experienced deaths….some so sudden the shock still stings and some not so sudden yet equally painful. We have suffered a miscarriage as well as the trials of infertility. We have celebrated mommy’s graduation from Oklahoma State University and Daddy’s graduation from Cleveland Chiropractic College. Most importantly, we were abundantly blessed with your arrival. We prayed for years for a baby and we got such an amazing double blessing.
Through all the ups and downs your daddy has been my strength and my comfort. He loves me unconditionally. He tells me I’m beautiful, stunning, awesome, incredible all the time. He is truly the best Daddy! You boys adore your daddy and rightfully so. He is always bragging about you and telling everyone what new things you are learning and funny things you might be doing at the time. He wrestles, takes you on your balance bikes, tickles you, teaches you new things and most of all he loves you with every ounce of his heart. When I met your daddy I knew he would be the best father to our children! I was right.
As I look back on 9 years of marriage I think about how I felt when I married your dad and how I thought I couldn’t love him more but I honestly fall more in love with him with each day that comes. I pray for you boys to one day feel this way about your wives. I pray you love unconditionally. I pray you find yourself in relationships that allow you to be yourself, that allow you to grow and evolve, that make you enjoy life and that you find someone you fall deeper in love with over the days and years that pass. I hope you look to your daddy on how to be a husband and father. He is the best role model around!
So today my loves know that I love your daddy with all my heart.
Until next post…