Our love story isn't the perfect romantic novel that you'd find in a Hallmark movie. We may have some scenes from 'Dear John' written across our pages but I have to admit, our story is my favorite love story.
Two kids met randomly at a friends house and spoke a few words to each other and in those moments they had no clue where life would take them. Had you told them on that very first day that they met that they'd cross mountains for each other, fighting for their love, years following, they wouldn't have believed you. Had you told them they'd experience moments together that literally brought them to their knees in agony and puddles of tears and others full of laughter, knee slaps & pure joy where they had to look at each other and say, "Man, we really do have the best life," they probably would have laughed in your face.
You see, these two kids didn't even know what true love was even in those first moments they said to each other. At ages 15 and 17, they were just going through the motions of what it meant to be boyfriend and girlfriend but little did they know what life had in store for them. Rather than just a high school love story, these two had a lifetime ahead of them where they would need to literally fight for their love because they couldn't live without it.
Almost 15 years together and today, 9 years married, I can assure you this lifetime love has always been worth fighting for.
In 2009, most called me crazy but I had to follow my heart. Buying a one-way ticket to Seattle "just to talk" to Nick was probably one the best decisions I've ever made. In those moments, I knew we were living a "make it or break it" scenario and truthfully, I needed us to make it. Nick has this way of making me feel whole even when my world is crashing around me. He can read the emotions on my face and he has a way of knowing what it is I need even before I do. And I cannot even begin to describe the pure joy I feel when I see him with our children. There's a glow around him when he's in his role as "Dad," and those are moments I long to keep stored in my favorite memory box in my heart forever.
Today marks 9 years since we said "I do," and I'm in pure shock at how fast and full these nine years have been. From having four children together to dedicating time to building our dreams, and restoring our hearts as we grieved together to making our first house feel like home, we've always made the promise to never give up on each other and to make it work no matter what the cost. And boy am I glad we've stuck to our vows and climbed those mountains because I couldn't imagine doing this life without him by my side.
The vows I read to him 9 years ago still ring true:
"Why wait any longer for the world to begin
You can have your cake and eat it too
Why wait any longer for the one you love
When he’s standing in front of you" -Bob Dylan
He's always been there and always will be.
Here's to the next best 9. Love you babe.