26 years ago today I made the greatest decision of my life. 26 years ago when I said yes, I had no idea how my life was going to unfold. In that moment I was in bliss, excited about our adventure and believed it was all going to just get better from here. And it has for sure. But in between these 26 years there has been a lot of ups and downs. For the most part I have always had a great marriage. There has been a few years here and there that we struggled. I look back now and I am grateful for those struggles because they have brought us to where we are today. We have both grown and bettered ourselves. We continue to do so. We will never choose to settle.
I am so grateful for Jeff. I am grateful for his patience with me. Grateful that he loves even my imperfections and is so quick to look past them. I am truly blessed to get to walk hand in hand with the love of my life. I am excited about our next 26 years. I want to travel the world I want to serve and to share my knowledge of healthy relationships with anyone who is interested in listening. I want to watch my kids expand and grow and spoil my grandkids! But most of all I want to spend as much time with HIM as I can. Him that makes me smile. Him that gives me moments of bliss and happiness. HIM that knows all of me.
The world is so quick to say, “We are done”, when things get tough and hard. It is so sad. They are missing out on the best part of marriage, the endurance. Pushing through the hard times, learning hard things about yourself and about your partner. Trying to figure out how you're going to make this work. Being creative. Being energized by the thought of “no one knows me better than HIM”. I have close friends who have been down the road of divorce. It is hard to see when one wants to work on it and try but the other one doesn’t. It's heart breaking. But even in those moments my friends have chosen to not let life beat them down. They get back up and look the world square in the eye and say, “this is who I am” and they take on the world. And they find LOVE again. It's a beautiful thing. Love is a beautiful thing. But it doesn't come without work. It doesn't come without lessons learned and mistakes made. And it certainly doesn’t come without trials.
But after 26 years of marriage, I can say, “IT IS WORTH IT”. To my sweet hubby we have conquered a lot of “world” odds. I am so grateful I can say, “you are my best friend”. I am so grateful to feel that you love me no matter what. And I am so happy that YOU love to be with me. That is where my greatest joy comes from. I know he loves me. I know he loves to be with me. It's such a reassuring feeling. Actually the best feeling ever.
Happy Anniversary Jeff. I love you. Here’s too many years ahead.
"I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be."