Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nine Years

Today is our ninth wedding anniversary. Most days it feels like our time together greatly exceeds one year short of a decade, though I suppose this makes sense, as we'd known each other for four-and-a-half years before we were married. But on occasion, something he says or does surprises me, or he gently touches my cheek in the same timid and hopeful way he did when we first began our life together, and it feels like our relationship is brand new again. In those moments I am reminded that, really, we are just getting started...that the journey ahead of us is long.

He makes me laugh, listens graciously when I tell the same stories over and over again, unloads the dishwasher without being asked, and lets me sleep in on the weekend. He tolerates my need to constantly organize and declutter, the frequency with which I change out our throw pillows, and my obsessions with young adult novels and movies. He supports my professional endeavors and personal passions, works hard to provide for our family, and trusts me to steer our ship through the occasionally rough waters of our life together.
Mountain climbing in Montana, summer 2002
Blues Fest in Chicago, summer 2003
Honeymooning in Mexico, winter 2004
Housewarming party in Michigan, summer 2005
New Year's Eve in Nebraska, winter 2005
Tailgating at Soldier Field, summer 2007
Halloween, fall 2007
All decked out for a wedding, summer 2008
Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field, winter 2008
Wedding singing (?), summer 2009
Visiting our future home, spring 2010
Another wedding, summer 2010
Yet another wedding, fall 2011
Weddings seem to be where we take couple pictures, spring 2012
Christmas party, winter 2012
My heart will always belong to him.