Sunday, January 10, 2010

4 Years

This last Thursday, my husband and I celebrated our four-year anniversary. It seems unlikely that it has been four years already because it seems just like only a few months ago that we were standing in front of the Kerr Cultural Center having our photos taken at sunset. What a gorgeous day; what a fun day. I have never felt so completely surrounded by love than on that day. Our friends and family made it amazing. I am truly blessed and so very lucky to have the life that I have.

Looking back on the last four years and all that Ryan and I have done and actually feels like it has been longer than four years. In that time, we have gone to Australia, Tahiti, San Francisco, New Orleans, Thailand; survived three bouts of cancer (his) and one go at radiation; leaving a job I had for 8 years and starting a new one (me); and gained so many new friends. We won't even mention all of the concerts seen, CDs bought and books read in that time.

I just cannot imagine my life without Ryan. Perhaps part of that is because he and I will be together for 14 years this year. He has been there for me for all of the major stuff one experiences as an adult: my first apartment, first job, first time I quit to move on, first car bought on my own, first home, both of my degrees...everything. He has been my biggest cheerleader and supporter. I don't think I would be as successful as I am without him lifting me up on those days when I just don't think I have it in me.

I know that not many people have the love and relationship that Ry and I have. It is a rarity. No it isn't perfect -- we aren't perfect people so we have our problems. But, we always rise above them stronger and better than before. We learn from one another, we respect one another, we help each other. Most of all we love each other completely. I still get butterflies in my stomach when I look into those beautiful brown eyes. And, holding his hand makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Being in his arms while he hugs me is still my favorite place to be.

Some days I wonder why God felt that I was so worthy of such a gift. Seeing Ryan smile at me across the table, I also know he wonders the same thing. That's what makes us work...we both treasure what we have received in one another. Oh, I love him.

Thank you, MM, for four years of adventure, wonder, miracles, happiness, and silliness!