Monday, May 25, 2015

19 years



I've been married to this man for 19 years today. Nineteen years of learning, laughing, compromising, adventuring, hearing, being heard, working, traveling, rejoicing, growing, moving, These years have passed in a blink but have created a depth of history I'm so proud to share with him.


He is an adventurer. He likes to test his physical limits. He is passionate about sport and his beloved Missouri Tigers.


He is unabashedly himself. Admitting his fears and celebrating his strengths. He's optimistic. Calm in crisis. Fiercely loyal. Committed to learning how to be better. Both at work and play.


And in our marriage. He's worked at it for nineteen years and we've worked hard together to make our partnership strong, close, committed, and supportive. Communication takes work and we've put the time in and are damn good at it these days. That sentence makes my eyes fill with tears of pride and satisfaction. I blink those away and just think of him. All that is him. 


A husband. A father. A family man.



He's a keeper. I love him so.

-dana

18 comments:

Kar said...

Absolutely beautiful words! I wish you many more to come! For someone to move you to write words like that, you are blessed with a wonderful partner in life. Have a wonderful day together!!!

Hugs!
Kar

Julie in WA said...

Congratulations! But where is a picture of the two of you together?!!! Thanks for your testimony of healthy marital love and respect!

Jennifer said...

Happy anniversary! 19 year + still loving each other = lots of hard work to be proud of!

Terri said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful tribute post to your husband, marriage and family!

Jackie said...

Awww, happy anniversary!!

Kim said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, they only get better as the years pass when you love each other.
Wishing you a life time of happiness together.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Congratulations! It must be the moth for marriages made to last!

dolores said...

Happy Anni kiddo...and the others are right...takes two for marriage...you have to stop being afraid of the camera...you are beautiful!;)

Jacque. said...

As usual, you put your feelings into words that are very poetic. Congratulations to both of you.

AnnieO said...

Congratulations on 19 years! That it is heart-filling and affirming work is the true measure of a good marriage:). Here's to many more anniversary celebrations 🍷

Jo said...

Happy anniversary to you both x

Ranch Wife said...

What a beautiful tribute to not only your husband, but to what it takes to build a strong, loving marriage. Well done and congratulations to both of you.

angela said...

You are so blessed, wonderful husband, beautiful girls. Congratulations on your anniversary and hope you have many more!

Kelly O. said...

Marriage really is hard work and dedication. So glad you can reap the fruits of your labor and enjoy life to the fullest together. it is a true blessing.

Kathy@KayakQuilting said...

Congratulations! So happy for you both! My husband and I are approaching our 38th birthday and it seems like a blink of time.

diane said...

And now you've made me cry. A loving marriage is a treasure. Your girls are so blessed to have two parents who love and respect each other.

Heide said...

Happy belated, What a wonderful Tribute to your marriage.

Suze said...

I just found your blog today. I, too, am a quilter. I lost my second husband almost two years ago. My first husband walked out after 23.5 years of marriage and I literally almost died. Now, that I am a widow and have widows as friends, we notice when couples don't make eye contact or hold hands or show affection in some way. We miss the non-sexual touch of our husbands. Often one of us will tell a couple how nice it is to see the closeness expressed in a relationship. Way to go in knowing what you have and appreciating it!