Hello, My Love~
Fifteen years ago I could barely sleep. My bridesmaids slept in the same room as me, but I could not fall asleep. I painted and re-painted my fingernails after I spent time soaking in the tub. I kept trying to relax and let sleep take over. We woke up so early to make it to Atlanta. I couldn't wait to be your wife. We were all dressed in white. I can't remember very much of what was said on this day, but it really doesn't matter. I remember kneeling and looking across into your eyes. I knew then, just as I know now, that I had found my home in your heart.
We've had some really rough times, haven't we? I should probably focus solely on the good and wonderful times, but I think that those times wouldn't be as sweet to us if we didn't remember what we've walked through. In our first three years of marriage we had three babies! It was fun to reminisce with you before you fell asleep. I remember how shocked you were to find out that we were expecting our second baby. You called me from the airport as you were on your way to basic training and I had just learned that I was carrying Lance. We were both excited and more than a little surprised. By the time our third test came back positive we just didn't even speak to each other...remember? It makes me laugh now, but we were so stressed out.
Fifteen years have taken us to another country, landed you in a war, tore us apart and then mended us back together again to form something even stronger...tighter knit. Struggles have thickened our skin and taught us about what true love and commitment are. Depression that could have robbed us both has been won over and pushed back into the dark by the Light of Redeeming Love over and over again. We have learned to accept each other's faults and found patience and beauty in the struggle. We have grown and continue to grow together as we navigate these years with our children.
Fifteen years sounds like a long time doesn't it? Especially when we know what happens in our community far too often. You and I come from a long line of faithful and committed marriages and fifteen years is a drop in the bucket! We don't quit. I hope that we continue to hold on tighter when the struggles come. It takes work to keep it together. I appreciate the effort you put into making our date nights special and the ways, big and small, that you remind me of your love for me.
I am so honored to be your wife and so grateful that we get to spend this anniversary together. I mean, really together...as in: you and I will be in the same state, same town, same room, same time zone!! That in and of itself is the greatest anniversary present.
I love you with everything that I am~
P.S. Please don't get too banged up tomorrow playing football. I'd really like to be able to dance with you a time or two. XOXO