Thursday, September 5, 2013

4 Years

A year ago, we were in Istanbul hoping for a baby - and here we are, just one year later, with our sweet baby girl in our arms.

4 years of marriage.  It may not be long for many, but I see every year as an accomplishment.  A blessing.  A reason to celebrate. You are my best friend.

You are a strong husband.  You remind me everyday that you love me.  You've embraced me and my many flaws.  You've stood behind me in the decisions I have made and the mistakes I have made.  You make me laugh every day.  And when I am mad at you and you make me laugh, it really ticks me off. :)

You're not perfect and we don't always agree.  Sometimes your stubborn & grumpy.  But you and our family are my greatest & happiest challenge everyday.  You have high expectations for the people in your life because you love us, you see our potential and you want us to be the best we can be.  You deeply care.  And because of this, I work hard to be the best I can be and you've inspired me to live confidently, believe in myself, and not be lazy.

You are wildly spontaneous, yet we share the desire to have our days at home to just be together.  You work hard and you're good at what you do.  You make people laugh, and sometimes I wonder how the hell your mind comes up with some of the things that come out of your mouth.  You're a man who greets others with hugs, not handshakes.  You have a bleeding heart and are full of compassion.  You are generous.  Your huge, warm smile and strong distinctive voice grasp most people you know.  And I know you love me with everything you have.

Not long after we met, you expressed to me your biggest dream in life.  To be a father.  What a gift for me to see that dream take her first breaths.  You've taken this role with such love and determination to learn.  I see you doing the very best you can every day.  The love you have for her is so obvious when you look at her.  We are so lucky to have you.

You have an ability to calm me down and comfort me.  You are my home.  I feel safe and content when I am with you... but you still manage to push me out of my comfort zone.  You take good care of me.  You make life an adventure.

We have so much of 'us' that the world can't see.  It's our secret.  Just you and me, and I like that.  We have so much to look forward to, but we also have so much happiness in each day.  Marriage is a roller coaster, as everyone says, but I see us both, in front, arms up, screaming and doing our best to enjoy it all.

5 years since I said 'yes'.
2 miniature dachshunds.
4 years of marriage.
Countless adventures.
1 new home.
A beautiful baby girl.
and this is just the beginning.

I will do my best to always fulfill the promises I made to you on that warm afternoon 4 years ago.  

I will love you.  Forever.

Dancing on the bar at our wedding.

Happy Anniversary, TL.


Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! Cheers to you and your sweet family for many more happy and adventurous years to come!

Arielle said...

Happy Anniversary!! Loved your dress:)

Courtney said...

You two are absolutely adorable. Happy anniversary!!!

Sarah said...

This is written so beautifully! Congratulations.

Ashley Brickner said...

So sweet, happy anniversary!!!

Unknown said...

happy 4th anniversary! what a beautiful life the 2 of you have created. cheers to many more years!

Carolyn said...

So sweet! :) Happy anniversary!!!

Lisa C said...

Happy anniversary!

Jenna said...

Happy anniversary to you and TL! Incredible to think how much has already happened in these 4 years and how much will continue to happen throughout the rest of your lives... here's to the next 40 years :) xxx

"B" said...

Happy happy anniversary! What great pictures:)

Unknown said...

You made me cry!!

That was so beautifully written, I cannot believe it is four years since your gorgeous wedding!! Happy Anniversary, you are a wonderful couple, a lovely family of three now :) Xx

Leslee said...

Beautifully written tribute to TL Tracy...Happy Anniversary and Congratulations!!

Caley-Jade Rosenberg said...

What a lovely post Trac - a wife that your man can be very proud of!! x

LWLH said...

Happy Anniversary, you guys are a beautiful couple!!

Kara said...

Happy Anniversary Tracy! You are such a beautiful couple and it has been such a fun thing to watch your love story on your blog. Your family is just so beautiful and special. Cheers to you both for 4 years! My 7th year is the 30th of this month! NUTS!!