Tomorrow is our anniversary. We have been together for 15 years now. I met him at Lifestyles gym on the FIRST day that I was working out there-
He has a different story on how he approached our conversation. The truth is I was working on a leg lift machine and an identical machine was right beside me. He came over and asked me which machine I thought was better. I looked up at him (yes, I thought he was cute!) and responded, "They are both the same machine." HA- all these years later and he says I did not ask you that. He claims he was being "friendly" and just came over to say Hi.
We talked for TWO hours that Saturday in the gym. It was not the usual "pick up" lines or "I think your cute" talk. We talked about our children. He had two boys- Matt and Seth and I had three little girls- Taylor, Gentry and McKay. I remember, he was wearing gray sweat pants with a hole in the knees. He was very kind. I loved that he listened to me talk about my little girls. We both were "in love" with our kids.
It was time for me go pick up my little girls. I had made a new friend- not thinking of a "love connection!" My divorce was only final 2.5 months prior to meeting him- and I was NOT looking. I drove home and felt there was a reason that I met him that day and I called a girlfriend and told her about meeting the "nicest" guy.
Now 15...FIFTEEN amazing years later----- WE are a blended family. Happily married (yes, we have our bad moments!) but I truly married my BEST FRIEND, each other's CHEERLEADER. Funny, but we are pretty opposite in our personalities. I think we balance each other. NOW... we have grown together. I love our large family and ALL of our children. Our family of NINE keeps growing with the addition of Kayla, Maxson and Spencer.
I just want Ty to know (yes, he reads my blog!) that I really appreciate HIM and am thankful that he helps me grow as a person. I think marriage is really hard at times. I need Ty to help me along the way on my journey to be a better me. I try to do the same for him. TOGETHER we LOVE each other and embrace each other's weaknesses.
I still get butterflies in my stomach when I see him and I want to hold his hand. I love him MORE now- and I think it is because we have had "bad times" that we GREW closer. I've learned marriage is give and take and TRUST me in our marriage... GIVE more GIVE more...oh, GIVE more and you will truly get more. I knew that on the days where I was "not so happy" that if I just LOVED more or did something nice (yes, there is times I did not want to do this!) it would always come back to our marriage in a good way.
I have learned to BE QUIET...hmmm. Yes, in my younger days I would just say exactly what I felt. Now, I know that you can't take back mean things. You may forget but others often don't. So when I'm upset over something, often I walk away and THINK about my reaction and response. THIS has greatly helped our relationship.
Anyway, I am JUST thankful for this beautiful JOURNEY that I am in with my sweet husband. I tell him that I adore him in every way. He tells me that he "WINDOWS me." That is us in a nutshell.
Also, my husband aways says..."HAPPY WIFE, HAPPY LIFE." So true.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY babe- you know that I love you always and forever!!!!!