I have been married to the love of my life, my high school sweetheart, for seven years, today. As I write these words, my heart feels full, proud and blessed.
Seven years of marriage has brought us so much joy; the biggest joy of our marriage being our daughter, Piper Grace. Piper was born into our love story in January, 2015. Our love story is one that began so many years ago.
Just as I did last year, I will be sharing our love story with you again, today. It is my favorite story, and one that I cannot wait to tell our daughter, one day.
My husband, Nick, asked me to be his girlfriend in 6th period English class on November 19, 2003. He was playing his guitar when he asked me. I said yes, and when the bell rang, I ran down the hall with my friend jumping and giggling. I thought it was the happiest day of my life.
Nick dressed up and brought me flowers to work when he picked me up for our anniversary celebrating one year of dating. He was old enough to drive, and I was allowed to go with him. He was wearing cologne and drove us in his mom's red car. When we got in, he had a CD playing our song. As I sat next to him in the car, listening to our song play; watching him drive me to dinner; holding flowers that he had bought for me in my hands, I thought it was the happiest day of my life.
On October 19, 2008, Nick drove me to the beach during sunset, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.
On September 19, 2009, the double doors in the Church opened, and I saw Nick standing at the end of the isle. I squeezed my fathers arm as he and I began to walk toward Nick. All of my family and friends were there. My dad gave me away to Nick. We exchanged vows, and kissed. We became husband and wife. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.
On May 15, 2014, we found out we were expecting a child. I wrote him a note telling him that there was a surprise for him in the oven. I put the positive pregnancy test in the oven and closed the door. When he got home, he read the note and gave me a hug. I asked him what he thought it was, and he said "meatloaf" with a big smile on his face. I told him it wasn't meatloaf and to go check it out. He opened the oven door and look at the test for a few seconds. Then he looked back at me and said "are you serious?!" I shook my head and cried happy tears and he came and hugged me. He had happy tears, too. He said, "Is everything okay? Should I sell my truck? Are we going to be okay?". I just laughed as he went through his turn with the panic stage and reassured him that it was all going to be okay. I thought this was the happiest day of my life.
On January 21, 2015, After a hours of labor, I was rushed for an emergency c-section. Our baby was in trouble, and we were so scared. I starred at my husband and just kept saying in a weak voice, "I want my baby, I want my baby, I want my baby." I had to have said it about 50 times. I said it until she arrived, until I heard those beautiful first cries. I know people say this all the time, but it was truly the best sound in the entire world. My baby was here, she was breathing, she was safe. Piper had beautiful dark hair, and full cheeks. Her cries were strong, and music to our ears. Once she was taken back to be weighed, I looked at my husband and cried "that's our baby, that's our baby". He had tears in his eyes, and was choked up saying, "yes, yes." I thought that was the happiest day in my life.
Each of these instances are just a glimpse of the love we share. I have considered each of these moments, and many more unmentioned moments with Nick, to have been the happiest moments of my life. While it seems to be typical for people to consider their wedding day the happiest day of their life, I absolutely wouldn't stop there.
As you can see, I thought many of the special days mentioned previous to our wedding were the happiest of my life. I didn't know then how much more there was. How much more I could love him.
Love is so mysterious. Just when you think that you couldn't possibly love somebody any more than you do in one given moment, your love then grows. Nick has shown me more love in a moments feeling than some people get to see in a lifetime. I am complete because of him. I thank God daily for our love; for giving him to me so early in life. I pray daily for a long life with Nick, the one who always makes me smile. The one who makes me feel complete.
Happy Anniversary, Nicholas. The best is yet to come.