Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Today we should have been celebrating 39 weeks pregnant, instead we get to celebrate 3 days of life! We are so blessed.  While we are celebrating Eleanor's new life, we have another big celebration today!  Despite not having any plans for this big occasion (other than a Pediatrician visit) this may be my favorite anniversary yet!
*This post was also written before Eleanor joined our family*

Today is November 9, 2012...4 years since the day we said "I do!"

How is it possible that 4 years has passed, and yet, how has it only been 4?  Marriage is a crazy journey, and no matter how much I tried to envision what it would be like on that day in 2008, I could not have known just how much was in store for us.  So many highs, and a few lows.  But through it all, today we are closer and more in love than ever.

Speaking of love.  I thought I knew what love meant then.  Now I know, I truly had no idea.  I thought my love for Alex was strong then, and today it is stronger than ever.  I can only imagine what it will become over the years, especially when our baby girl enters this world.  I can imagine the love I will experience for Alex that day will surpass anything I have ever felt before. (*It's true)
The love we share comes from above.  It is only through God's grace and mercy that we are able to walk through life together.  I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it, Alex truly exemplifies unconditional love.  I understand the love my heavenly Father has for me better because of the love Alex shares with me.  If Alex can love me THIS much, I can only imagine how much God loves me.
Alex sacrifices so much for me.  I know that in some way, every single day he compromises his own desires just to fulfill mine.  I am truly a blessed woman to be loved by such an amazing man.  I cannot imagine a more perfect person to spend my life with and I often wonder how I became so lucky.  It is amazing to me that we found each other.  I know God made us for one another and purposed us to be together.
I hope that I am as giving and helpful to Alex as he is to me.  I hope he knows how deeply and truly I love him, with my entire being.  When Alex and I met he was the most amazing man I had ever met, but today he is so much more.  I have so much respect and love for who he is and who he continues to become.  His faith is so strong and is constantly growing.  He cares so much about the man God wants him to be and about how to be the best husband and father possible.  I want just an ounce of his strength!
While we have walked down many roads together, this year begins a journey that is so different than anything we have experienced before.  This year I get to become "mom" and he gets to become "dad."  Together we will be parents to Little Miss Eleanor and together, with much prayer, we will learn exactly what that means.  I know there will be many lows in our future, but so many more highs, and together we will conquer them all.
I just can't wait to meet her, but even more, I can't wait to "meet" Alex as a father.  I am so thankful that he will be the father of my little girl.  I wouldn't want anyone else beside me or leading our family.  
It is so important for us to keep our relationship intact despite our new roles as parents.  While Eleanor's needs will come first for a while, the hierarchy in our family should remain: 1. God 2. Each Other and 3. Eleanor.  I know it will be difficult, but I write this as a constant reminder of our commitment to this promise.  So that next year and even 50 years from now we will be just as in love, and even more so.  Eleanor gets to life with us for just 18 years, but Alex and I have the rest of our lives together.  And I can't wait to see what God has in store for us!

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life!

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