When I was 18 years old, I met a boy. I was just beginning my freshman year at UMass Amherst (so was he-- but at Penn State), and though we had never met face to face, we shared a mutual friend who would introduce us. I remember the first time we met, it was Columbus Day, 2006. I will never forget the first time I saw him (I was getting off a bus in Princeton), we locked eyes and I swear it was like my life slowed down (kind of like those cheesy slow-mo scenes in the movies).
From then on, we were nearly inseperable. We dated for the rest of our undergrad years, and most of law school (having gotten engaged just before New Years, 2011-12). I’ll share the amazing proposal story one of these days… We got married 18 months later when we were both 25.
So many have commented on how young we were to have gotten married. But I am oh so thankful to have spent such sweet, formative years with my one and only. How grateful I am that we knew back then that this was IT. That love is a covenant and you choose to love every day. We made that commitment to one another, and that love has only deepened, matured and strengthened over the years.
Today we celebrate four beautiful years of marriage (and almost 11 years together). I am completely blown away that the time has passed so quickly, and yet, as I think back, I can see how full the years have been. We have been on quite a journey, having walked through so much together. We’ve laughed to the point of tears, we’ve cried in the wake of sorrow, we’ve fought and we’ve forgiven. We have both grown, by the grace of God, and so has our love.
To my darling husband, you are my greatest blessing on this earth. I cannot adequately express how thankful I am for you. Four years ago, I married the very best man I knew. You embody everything that a great man is... you are devoted to God, full of integrity, respectful, well-spoken, kind, good- hearted, wildly intelligent yet strikingly humble, wonderfully hilarious and fiercely loyal. I know I am better for knowing you, and for having the honor of living as your companion. You teach me so much just by the way you live. You are a constant source of encouragement and there is such comfort that comes from the support you give. I know how special our relationship is and I truly believe it to be rare. I treasure what we share, and I am proud to be your wife.
I love you so very much.