On Saturday, it will be our fourth anniversary (I hope you remembered), but since we will be celebrating Easter and surrounded by family I wanted to reach out a little early to tell you how much I love you. To others reading this, full disclosure, you may eye roll or gag. I can’t help it. I’m in love.
Four years ago, we said our I Do’s on a beautiful beach in Punta Cana surrounded by our closest friends and family.
Unfortunately, I was up sick the entire night before the wedding and the day of there were times I thought I wouldn’t make it down the aisle. Having cold cloths on my head and trying not to pass out during my hair appointment wasn’t exactly a highlight of the day but when I got to that aisle and saw you standing at the end of it, all those feelings went away. I saw absolutely nothing but you.
I worried so much leading up to the wedding about having it on the beach. Would there be bathing suit clad people in the background and gawkers around. I’m told that there was some of that, but in the moment, I felt as if the world around me didn’t exist. I was so full of love and happiness.
When you said your vows to me, I somehow didn’t cry even though, I’m definitely a cryer! But I wanted to hear every word you had to say. And you said it so perfectly. Even referencing my grumpiness and lack of knowledge with excel spreadsheets. You get me and know every part of me.
Since that day, we’ve had a journey for sure. We finally moved away from the “crack macs” (if you live in Calgary, you know what I’m talking about), and bought our first home. It’s perfect and completely us.
Then we set out to make a life of adventuring together. We’ve traveled countless times to the U.S., usually to run!
You and I have a plan to conquer this world, one country at a time. I love that we share the same passion for travel and although we have fun on our separate vacations with friends too, there’s no one else I’d rather be on a plane with to a new destination than you. And I know you feel the same (except for when I lock our passports in a rental vehicle).
Now it hasn’t all been good times. We have disagreements, we’ve had tears and struggled through some tough situations. But even when we’re mad or upset with one another, I still feel like I can reach out and hug you. We are each others support system. You make me feel safe when times are tough. I can’t tell you how important I think that is or how much easier getting through the tough stuff is because of that.
I know I annoy you with a lot of my little quirks. I don’t organize my computer files (or anything in my life), I leave everything to the last minute and I collect clutter around the house. But, you’re not perfect either. You drive me crazy when you rub your feet against mine and yet you do it all the time, your perfectionism on the smallest tasks sometimes drives me crazy and you know how to push my buttons and sometimes do it on purpose to get a reaction out of me. But we love each other in spite of these little quirks.
One of the things I love about you the most is your gratitude. There is nothing I do that goes without recognition from you and a thank you. Every supper I make, every time I clean up, run some errand or do the smallest of task, you always recognize it and say thank you. Sometimes I’m not the best at reciprocating this appreciation and so I wanted to thank you for every single thing you do for me. I could write a list a mile long but I’ll just name a few:
- Thank you for being my biggest cheerleader. From running to blogging to my never-ending search for the perfect job, you support every single decision I make and cheer me on throughout it.
- Thank you for making me laugh all the time. They say laughter is the best medicine, and if that’s true I don’t think I’ll ever get sick.
- Thank you for putting up with me when I’m grumpy. I know I can be unbearable.
- Thank you for giving me space to live my own life outside of just us. We both have our own friends and interests and I think that’s an important part of maintaining a sense of self within a relationship.
- Thank you for taking care of all the things I procrastinate on
- Thank you for taking the lead on planning our vacations. It’s only when I travel without you that I realize just how much you take care of.
When I watched the Bachelor (yes you can eye roll here), they said to each other you’re my person. A lot of people mocked that sentiment but I thought it was so sweet because I feel the same way about you. You’re my person. The one person I couldn’t imagine my life without. The one person I can always count on. The one person I want to tell all my good and bad news too. The one person I want to share every life experience with. The one person who knows the real and true me.
You are everything I could have ever asked for. Every time I think I’ve found a limit to my love for you, I find some way to love you more. Happy Anniversary.
Joining Amanda from Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday