My joy for today is 9 years of wedded bliss.
A few days ago, my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary!
Chad and I went to the same high school, started dating the summer before our senior year of high school, and got married the summer after we graduated from college. So we have actually been a couple for 14 years. Wow, that’s crazy.
A few weeks ago, Tucker had a very painful neck. He woke up crying, treated it very gingerly throughout the day, and had trouble laying down because it strained his neck. Besides that, he was symptom free, but of course, thoughts of meningitis, brain tumors, and deadly diseases swirled through my head. I debated taking him to the doctor or to the ER all day, discussing it with Chad on the phone several times. As soon as Chad got home, he took over the Tucker problem. He played with him, tickled him, told him jokes, and amused him continuously, all while testing his range of movement and pain levels. After his Daddy took over, I was convinced he was fine. Chad put him to bed that night and I was totally relieved of the worry and anxiety that had nearly incapacitated me all day. I would be a mess without my man.
Like many husbands, Chad is a “fixer.” Sometimes, this causes tension because if the problem is only emotional, it is difficult to fix quickly, and that frustrates him, and at times frustrates me when he is focused a little too much on fixing instead of listening. However, without my “fixer,” my world would be destroyed. He is my partner in life, in parenting, in finances, in love. The day with Tucker’s neck pain is a perfect example of how we complement each other. I was being overtaken with my emotions about his pain, the possibilities of what could be wrong, and the choices of action. Chad came home, “did” a bunch of stuff, and solved the problem. I cannot bear to imagine my life without him.
For our anniversary a few days ago, we didn’t do anything too special. I am thankful to be beyond the point in our marriage that we feel we need to do something amazing to celebrate. We used a Groupon for a couple’s massage at an interesting spa, picked up food from a favorite local Italian place, came home and put our kids to bed. We agreed to not give each other gifts, but that usually means that Chad does actually get me something little, which I love. We gave each other cute cards, and then Chad had two gift bags for me. One contained two boxes of doughnuts and the other bag contained a very touching gift. I had mentioned a few months ago that I had happened to pick up an amazing water bottle from a gas station. It just had the perfect rate of delivery of water, as well as an ergonomic mouth piece. I just loved it, but could never justify buying such fancy water. My second gift from Chad was 10 of these water bottles. I was so impressed that he had remembered something that I had mentioned in passing so many months ago.
There is no way to summarize in this post my love for this man, who is my life partner, the author of the love story of my life, my faithful cheerleader, my most active blog follower and editor, and the father to my children. I can only simply say, thank you Lord for giving me the gift of my husband. And thank you Chad for choosing to love me every day. You bring safety, stability, love, happiness, and overwhelming joy to my life, and to the lives of our precious children. I love you more than words could ever say. As you said, looking forward to the next 70 years together.
Enjoy your joys for today.