Every time I write something I try to use the perfect words. I don't think that there are any words that could describe properly what I want to write about today. You see, today is my anniversary! 9 years ago today I married a very charming and handsome man! We were sealed in the Bountiful temple. We knelt across the altar, looked into each others' eyes, and knew that our lives were intertwined, not only for the rest of this life, but for eternity. We looked forward to our future together and the joy in our posterity that is always mentioned.
Here we sit, 9 years later. We recognize that joy in our posterity -- 5 children who belong with us, who complete our family unit and make us whole. Today we celebrate the day we took that first step, and we also celebrate the innumerable days that will follow that we are overwhelmingly blessed for making that decision.
I just want to share a few thoughts about my precious husband.(I know that doesn't sound very manly, but he is absolutely precious to me in every sense of the word.)
My husband is AMAZING! Just the fact that he puts up with me on a daily basis should probably earn him some kind of an award. But he doesn't just put up with me. He cherishes me. He offers me his unselfish service on a regular basis. He is gentle with me and my tender heart, respecting my emotions and all of the hardships they may stir up.
He makes me smile. He makes me laugh. He not only allows me to be my ridiculous self, but he loves me for it.
He is chivalrous, in fact, I could probably count on my fingers how many times I have opened a door for myself in the last nine years. He always does that for me, not because I lack the ability to do it myself, but because he believes I should not have to. He is an absolute gentleman, and he shares this example with my children. Because of this my daughters will know how they deserve to be treated, and my son will know how he should be treating precious daughters of God.
He has NEVER yelled at me...ever. He cares about my feelings more than his own pride.
He has a knowledge, understanding, and testimony of God and his role in God's plan for our happiness. He holds the priesthood, and I know that because of that our entire family is blessed on a daily basis.
He is incredibly good-looking! This is not because of his bright blue eyes, or his rosy cheeks, or the way his muscles bulge from his arms while he is playing guitar hero -- though I do LOVE all of these things. He is so good-looking because his countenance shows through all of those things. Because the person that he is is no less than astounding!
These examples only demonstrate a part of who he is and what he means to me. Nearly everything that is good about my life can be attributed to him in some way. I am more grateful for him than words could ever describe.
*Oh, and did I mention that even now, 9 years later, he still gives me butterflies in my stomach? I would definitely call that a successful marriage!
Happy Anniversary Love!