It’s been almost 9 years since we first met and almost 2 since we got married. How time has gone by so quickly, I have no idea. What I do know is that when I first met you I was completely smitten. I knew you were the one for me. You were charming and funny and handsome and confident. You were easy to be around and always so much fun. You still are.
My feelings for you haven’t changed since that first day…and also they have. In the last 9 years our relationship has gotten so much deeper. You push me to be the most vibrant version of myself as I can be and never let me settle for “good enough”. You support my dreams (even when they change a little bit every day). You know me well enough to know when I need a cup of coffee before you talk to me in the morning. And you know when I just need your hand on my knee. You’ve taken the time and effort since we met to get to know me better than anyone has ever known me.
And I’ve learned who you are in a way I’ve never known anyone before. I can tell how you’re feeling by a twitch of your lip (annoyed), or a crinkle of your eyes (about to laugh). I know what to expect with you, but somehow you also still manage to surprise me.
The last few months we’ve spent training together for the triathlon has been a hugebonding time in my mind. To push ourselves so hard for such a good cause, and doing it together has been such a cool thing and makes me feel so close to you. It’s amazing that this far into our relationship we can still do things that bring us closer together. I hope that’s always true.
When I look forward in our lives I see a family. I see you rocking a newborn in the soft glow of a nightlight at 2 in the morning. I see Little feet pattering through the kitchen, and you following behind with the vacuum cleaner and a big smile on your face (gotta love a man who loves vacuuming AND kids!). I see the busy years of the kids’ extra-curricular activities and rushed family dinners. I see school events, graduations, weddings. And I see you and I, old geezers…and your hand still on my knee.
Thank you for being my partner, sounding board, best friend, trouble maker, support system, builder-upper, and my love. I wake up grateful for you every morning (even when you haven’t given me coffee yet). I love you more than I can tell you. Thank you for being mine.
All my love,