Seven years ago today, my husband and I were married... and two years ago, I wrote this:
Amor vincit omnia -
Five years ago today, in a small rose garden, at the edge of a beautiful pier in Alabama, as the sun began to go down, my husband and I took our wedding vows.
Since that day, we have had some extreme highs, and extreme lows, and a lot of surprises along the way. I would not change any of it. It has made us who we are, and united us in a way that was only possible in our imagination five years ago.
My husband gives me strength when I am weak, no matter how broken and bruised he may be himself, and he gives me laughter when I am sad, no matter how he may be crying on the inside. He gives me all the support I could possibly need, and more than I would ever ask for. He is my best friend, and the love of my life.
Andrew: we have been through it all... and then some - and no matter how dark or empty it felt at times when I closed my eyes, when I opened them, you were always there. You understand me in ways no one does, and I love you more than words could possibly describe.
It's true, love conquers all.
Happy Anniversary, My Love, My Best Friend, and I know we will have many more.
And I look back now, reading that, and know I could not say it any better than I already have. In just the two years since I wrote that, we have been through some even harder times - and yet, here we are - stronger than ever.
These days I feel like we are finally making "headway" - getting our lives back on track. We are home, our children are absolutely perfect... the feeling of stability is finally beginning to set it. I almost don't constantly fear the ground suddenly shifting beneath our feet... and that is an intense difference from just a few months ago.
The ups, and downs have made us who we are, individually and together... and I would not change a thing.
Seven years have passed since we took our vows, and I can't wait to see what the next seven, and beyond hold.
Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart.