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To my husband, on our eighth anniversary.
Today was like any other day, but you made it special. You woke up early to surprise me with my favorite latte. I know it’s not easy for you to wake up early, nor is it preferred. You spent time making my favorite breakfast. I know you don’t normally take time to make breakfast on a weekday, nor do you eat breakfast. Love showed up today in those efforts that you made to create a special morning for me.
You knew I would be spending my morning bringing the kids to therapy, explaining new concerning things to their behavioral therapists, and making phone calls for our kids. You recognize that caregiving takes its toll on me. Love showed up in the way you made my morning better before I had to face these things.
Love shows up in the way you’ve been our family’s provider, comforter, supporter, and leader. Love shows up in the way you take over when I am overwhelmed. Love shows up in the way you step in to help, take time off of work for important appointments and meetings, and devote time for date nights, quick getaways, or to just be together. Those moments when we occupy the same space but don’t feel the obligation to talk or do anything. Those moments fill me up just as much as planned dates. You know that. You show up. Love shows up.
Neither of us anticipated the life that we were given, but seeing you rise to the occasion as a husband and father will always be one of the greatest blessings of my life. We both know that it will never be easy. One thing I do know is that our devotion to one another grows with each passing year. We have been THROUGH IT. One of us is always there to help the other up when we fall. We are stronger together. Love shows up in the ordinary, every day moments. Sometimes we need to look a little harder for it or step a little outside ourselves to offer it, but it shows up.
Eight years and a lifetime to go, and I cannot imagine doing this life with anyone else – nor would I want to. My love, my friend. Happy Anniversary.