Our wedding day.
While we were optimistic, we didn't know what joys and triumphs we would create in our new life together.
Neither of us knew of the trials, the disappointments and struggles that we would encounter as we forged our own path.
Looking backward, it seems almost dreamlike...everything blurs...amid the chaos that 7 children have brought into our lives.
I remember each struggle, each loss, each surgery I endured to make it possible to bring the children that we have into the world.
I (of course) remember each birth, and I am sure you do too.
How grateful I am that you were there next to me with a loving hand to hold, and strong arms to hold me up through the hours and days that we were told we would never have children (or that we would just have one, or just two).
I am grateful for the photos, the snapshots of our hearts, and the digital downloads that have captured moments, both poignant and mudane.
These are the moments that define our lives...our life.
We are not rich in the things of the world, but when it comes to having loving arms to hug and hold us, we have more than most.
We have learned, together, so many things...and we are still learning, daily, hourly...and sharing with each other.
I am ever grateful for the choice I made to spend my life with you...and for the choice you and I both make on a daily basis to make our relationship grow and become stronger, rather than wilt and fade away.
It's not the big things that make that difference, it's the little things, like overlooking a late dinner, forgetting about the socks on the floor, and all of the other oddities and inconsistencies we both have, that, if we allowed them to, would drive wedges into our hearts and our relationship.
It's the finding time for walks late at night, the phone calls in the middle of the day just to talk, and the iPods and the stamping that make our love live and grow.
Thank you for loving God first and living your life in a way that allows others to come to know Him.
Thank you for providing for our family, and enjoying the journey with me.
Thank you for being my best friend.