Today is my anniversary and although it’s Motivational Monday and I would usually be here sharing some words of motivation to get the week started, I’d like to take a break from the regularly scheduled programming to take a minute (or twenty) to gush about the beautiful man I share my life with.
Edit: Our anniversary. (Sorry B.)
So, I’m sorry in advance for the sappy content that is to follow, but.. On this, our last anniversary before we trade it in for a wedding anniversary on an entirely different day:
Today I love you because. An Ode.
(Disclaimer: Not an actual ode. More like a fancy list?)
Today I love you because at the same time as it feels like I’ve known you my whole life and we’ve been together forever, it also feels like it can’t possibly have been this long. Surely we only just met a few months ago!
I think those feelings speak to how easy we are, how on the same page we are and how we change and grow and move forward so seamlessly that we lose all sense of time.
Today I love you because our home is so filled with love and laughter with you at the head.
Today I love you because you bought Fynn and Milla into my life. Now, I can’t remember my life before the magic they’ve bought with them.
Today I love you because of what a wonderful father you are and what a wonderful stepfather and role model you are to Alex.
I feel like the luckiest mum in the world to have you by my side on this crazy parenting journey.
Today I love you because of the person I am when I’m with you.
You make me want to be better. You make me stronger, you believe in me so fiercely that I have no choice but to believe in me too.
You’re not a puzzle piece that I was missing, you’re like the frame around the picture of my life that holds it all together. Complements it. I’m whole without you, but with you, I’m complete. Ready to hang on the wall and admire.
Today I love you because of how different we are to the people we were when we first met.
Different in the most amazing ways.
We’re forever changing, evolving, growing, and with that, our relationship changes, evolves, grows. It’s beautiful, it’s rare and it’s exciting.
Today I love you because of the way you roll your ‘r’s when you’re tired and the way you use ridiculously big words that no one can understand when you’re stressed or nervous.
Today I love you because you start watching movies and then stop because you know I’ll love them and you want to watch them with me. So you find something else to watch alone and wait for me.
Today it was The Greatest Showman. And you were right, I loved it.
Today I love you because of the way you look (and sound) when you laugh. When you really laugh, with your whole body. I can’t help but laugh too. It’s my favourite thing in the world. (Outside of our children…. And the moon…)
Today I love you because of the late nights we spend planning our future, laughing, figuring out ways we can do things better, how we can make life easier. How we can love each other better. How we can be better parents, make their lives more fun.What we can do differently each day so that we can make sure that when they no longer need us and they’re living in their own homes with their own families, they can look back on their time with us and say “I knew I was loved.”
So that they can say, “Our home was always so full of warmth and joy.”
Today I love you because you see magic in me and you love all the parts of me I used to look at as flaws.
Today I love you because we’re able to talk when things aren’t going well, when one of us isn’t trying hard enough or feeling happy enough.
I love you because you taught me how to fight fair.
You showed me that fighting is ok, that giving up isn’t.
Today I love you because every time I make lemon chicken, you tell me it’s the best I’ve ever made and I tell you that you say that every time and we all laugh. It’s one of our things and those things make me feel so loved.
Today I love you because of all of the amazing adventures you take us on.
For all of the times you’ve pushed me outside of my comfort zone and the person I’m becoming because of that.
Today I love you because you help with the chores. You never complain, you never wait until I ask.
This home is ours, and we maintain it together. We’re a team in every aspect of life. The best team I’ve ever been a part of.
Today I love you because you know the constant state of overdrive that my head lives in and when things are getting bad and I’m drowning in that, you find mindless shows for us to watch that you hate with all of your being but we snuggle and watch and laugh and banter until I feel a little calmer. You found a way to turn TV time into quality time.
It’s such small thing but it means so much.
Today I love you because of all the small things you do. For me and for our family. It’s the small things that become the big things when you look back over your life and you make sure all the small things are wonderful.
Today I love you because you feel like home.
In your eyes, I find love. In your arms I find sanctuary. In our home I’ve found the place where I belong. All of me. On all of my good days and all of my bad.
Today I love you because of the way we come together when things are tough.
Hard times are such a test of the strength of a relationship and we’ve had more than our fair share.
We always get through, even when the rough road is long and it feels like there is no end in sight. You’re right there next to me and we always come out the other end stronger. Closer than before. Happier.
Today I love you because of the way you look at me, because of the way our kids look at you, because of the nights that I fall asleep smiling wondering what on earth I did to deserve ending up this happy.
You have seen every part of me. The good, the bad and the ugly and you love me so completely, with every part of you and I have never felt so safe, so loved, so happy or secure.
Today, and every day, I love you because of everything you are and everything you’re yet to be. Because of everything we’ve achieved and everything we are yet to achieve. Every adventure we are yet to go on, everything that we are yet to be.
I don’t regret a single moment of my life. I feel like every step I’ve ever taken was leading me to you.
I can’t wait to share your last name, and the rest of our lives.
Happy Anniversary ❤️