#FBF to 4 and a half years ago, a few months before Sam and I tied the knot. It feels like centuries ago that these photos were taken (and it looks like it too! ….a few wrinkles later…) SO much has changed in our lives…we got married, changed careers, welcomed a baby…we’ve fought, we’ve celebrated, we’ve cried….we’ve had some high highs and some low lows….but here we are….still together. Still in love. More today than the day before….and more than every day before that.
Life is funny. Love is funny. Growing up you expect it be this fairy tale. And I suppose in the beginning it sort of is. But after all the butterflies and first dates, you are only left to discover the person, the heart. And you realize that love takes work, sacrifice and effort. It’s worth every bit of it….but it’s certainly not the cake walk my 20 year old self expected. When I first met Sam I told my sisters I was just not sure….I mean, he was great….he was just “too pretty”. I knew those guys, and they were always trouble. But not Sam. I quickly fell in love with his heart…his love for people, his generosity, his sense of humor, his desire to serve, his creativity, and yes, that smile. There were also things about him that drove me nuts, and trust me, vice versa. But more than those things there was a true honest love that neither of us could deny. We knew we had found it in each other….and we promised to make it forever. Four years after saying I do, I feel like there are still things I am learning about him, about us….and what makes us tick as a couple. You think you know all of those things before you get married and that is so far from the truth. Everyday I am learning. Learning how to be a better person and a better partner to him. I wouldn’t replace the fights and the hard times for anything….because they’ve only made us stronger and love deeper. I think when we are old and grey we will still be finding ways to grow in our relationship.
Through everything, I know that I have his love and support. He’s on my side and I’m on his and we will always fight for each other in any circumstance. We are partners in raising a little life together and that has been more bonding than anything. It’s good to have someone you can always trust, someone who makes you feel safe and protected. That’s Sam to me. I’ve been lucky to have 4 years with this man and I hope I am lucky enough to have 80 more. Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.