Seven years ago today, I walked down an aisle in front a church full of people and made a commitment for life to my best friend. Did I fully realize what I was getting myself into? Probably not. I was young and in love! And even though I had no doubt that Patrick was the person God intended me to marry, I am sure I didn't have a complete grasp of the enormity of my decision. But God has been faithfully guiding us through the years and teaching us both in the process. It has been a full and abundant seven years! We've had two graduations (me-Bachelor's, Patrick-Master's), two houses, work promotions, family situations, a dog, six cars, the loss of a grandparent, a trying (emotionally and physically) pregnancy, two beautiful little girls, and thousands of moments that make each day special. We have been so blessed.
I am grateful for so many things in our time together, but Patrick himself tops the list. He is the best! I cannot begin to tell you how many things I love about him, and he is constantly giving me new reasons to adore him. First off, he is the picture of what a godly husband looks like. He leads our home spiritually first and foremost. He starts everyday in the Word, reads and prays with us, and every action in his life is a reflection of his love for the Lord. Colossians 3:23 comes to my mind when I think of him. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men." Patrick works harder than anyone I know, not only at his job but in every aspect of his life. He is a man of such integrity, and I have the utmost respect for him. Speaking of working hard, he is good at literally everything. He is a handy-man who can fix anything: cars, house stuff... you name it. In seven years, I don't think I have ever called a repair man to come out. Patrick does it all! And he can play the bass, he's athletic, he can cook, he's smart, he makes me laugh, he is the most reliable person I know, and he has the heart of a servant. The man makes me coffee every morning, and, every night, he starts my bathtub!:) He's a gem!
And then, if that's not enough, he is the most amazing dad. Growing up in a home without alot of affection made me wonder how he would be when we had children. Every doubt I ever had vanished the first time I saw him hold our daughter. He smothers them with kisses. He compliments and encourages them daily. He plays for HOURS on end with the girls. He reads to them, teaches them, tucks them in, bathes them....He is wonderful. Patrick wakes up at 5:30 every morning to work-out and run just so that not a minute of his time when he gets home from work is wasted. Lily, Evie, and I anxiously wait on him to walk through the door each evening, and when he is home, everything seems right and complete. He is the highlight of our day.
I can honestly say I love him more than the day I married him. God willing, I want to be standing by him on January 4, 2053, saying the exact same thing. The past seven years have gone by so fast. I have realized that life is, like they say, short but sweet. And you, Patrick, are one of life's sweetest blessings to me. I love you. Happy Anniversary!!