Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
Because today is my anniversary, there’s really only one thing making the list this week, and that’s my Sweet Husband. Don’t get me wrong, he’s always good, all the time – I brag on him here almost every week – even when things have been difficult.
We’ve been married for three years today. It doesn’t seem like all that long. Yesterday one of my colleagues asked me if this was my first marriage – and I told him that it was – because I waited a long time to find the person who was right for me. Or rather I waited a long time for him to find me. And even then I almost missed it.
This is my favorite photo from our wedding. I think it captures us so very well. One of the things that SH promised me when we got married was that he would always make me laugh, and he does. He also understands me – knows when to push me, knows when to let me have my way, knows when to let things go, and knows when to let me do my thing. He trusts me when I’m gone, and he’s always looking for ways to make me happy.
When I let him know that something bothers me, he does his best to fix it. When we disagree or argue, he’s almost always the first one to look for a way to make it better – neither one of us can stand for the other to be upset. He might have to win the argument in the moment, but I have to be right. It doesn’t make for the easiest of situations at times, and he is almost always the one who is going to bed before I do. He knows that about me; he knows that about him. He’s willing to put his pride aside and make the first moves.
Apparently last year we didn’t make sure that we had a picture together for our anniversary.
I count my marriage as one of my greatest gifts – the best blessing that I didn’t know I was missing. I was OK as a single woman, but life is so much better with someone who loves me unconditionally, who supports every move I want to make, and who makes me laugh on a regular basis. I couldn’t ask for more or better, and I’m extremely thankful for SH.
I don’t know what I’d do without him.