You walked by me, and I stopped breathing. Only when I caught my breath, did I realize that I was about to change everything in my life for the better, find you, and never let you go again. Now, today, on our tenth wedding anniversary, I look back on the nearly twenty years since we had met, and it stretches across a timeline of breathless moments caught by you.
We’ve had difficulties as all couples do, but for our ongoing recommitment to one another, each hardship has woven us into a more knit union. Each challenge was like a song sung together to find greater harmony. When we were sad, we have listened to the lyrics, and when we were happy, we have just enjoyed the music. But it has always been our mutual song; a harmony we perfect each year. And after a decade married, my Love, listen to the symphony we’ve composed!
C.S. Lewis wrote, “There are far better things ahead than behind.” The father back I look into my life, the more I treasure the hardships I had faced, because each one brought me to where I had been ready to see you. Even when we had met, it had not yet been the time. We had both needed to grow a little more, before we grew together. When two people care about each other, they will always look for a way to make it work, no matter how hard it is. We’ve worked very hard to respect our individual selves and by coming together as a couple… set them free.
Others remark how wonderful our children have become, but they don’t realize how hard we’ve worked to learn how to dance together, to weave two wholly independent sheets of music into one elegant melody. The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or heard, but must be felt from the heart. Even others can now feel our strength together, as we have felt it since we had met.
All those years ago, when I finally saw you I had wanted to sweep you up and run away to start our life together conjoined. But there had been no need to rush. When something is meant to be, it will happen at the right time, with the right person, for the best reasons. We were meant to be, and for the most incredible of purpose; which, as we continue to build and grow together, continues to be revealed.
Looking at our garden we had built together, seeing all of the hard work to assemble, and the daily maintenance to protect and nurture, the overflowing gush of blossom comes as no surprise; though it still steals my breath. When I awake in the morning, and look out the window of our life, it amazes me what we’ve accomplished together, and fills me with wonder and excitement at what will come next. More challenges will certainly and gladly arrive to us in the future, but only to further reveal our purpose, to harmonize our melody and to flood our garden with beauty.
Happy 10th Anniversary, Darling.