Once upon a time...girl met boy. She was unsure of her place in this world...and he was painfully shy.
One day, the boy got up the nerve to ask out the girl and they went on The. Worst. Date. Ever. The girl swore she would never go on a date with the boy again...but, then he asked her out...again. The girl felt bad and couldn't bring herself to say no, so off they went. To a haunted house, no less.
Since then, the boy and girl have been through a lot.
They fell in love...against all odds...and nine years ago, today...they married.
Since then, they've dealt with moving many times over, difficult pregnancies and babies that wouldn't sleep. They've dealt with the death of loved ones, lonely nights and poor choices. They've dealt with working too many hours, tears over painful fights and surgeries gone wrong. They've dealt with an angel that never made it to earth and an angel that miraculously stayed. They've dealt with cars breaking down, the house being flooded and mess making toddlers. They've dealt with watching a child's life be saved over and over, while they stood there...helplessly crying and praying. They've dealt with people trying to push them apart and people saying that they'll never make it. They've dealt with hospitalized kids, a billion dirty diapers and broken bones. They've dealt with jobs being lost and jobs changing. They've dealt with pets dying, rainy days that ruined plans and more month than money. They've dealt with each other's crappy moods, attitudes from their kids and car accidents. They've dealt with only having each other to lean on... and times when they seemed miles apart.
They've dealt with it all. Together.
Since then, they've cherished sticky kisses, the smell of newborn babies and watching their mothers hold their children. They've cherished stolen kisses, dancing to music no one else can hear and holding hands. They've cherished five perfectly wonderful children and one waiting for them, in Heaven. They've cherished making it on their own, proving how strong they were and drawings hanging on the refrigerator. They've cherished every "I love you", every "I miss you" and every "I forgive you". They've cherished Sunday mornings with the entire family snuggled in one bed and pizza/root beer floats/movie evenings. They've cherished their children's first steps, their first days of school and the first time they said, "I wuv eww". They've cherished buying their first home...and their second...and their third. They've cherished their date nights, no matter how few and far between and playing for endless hours at the park, with the kids. They've cherished all that they are, all that they have and all that they will become.
They've cherished it all. Together.
For nine years, they have dealt with life...and cherished it. They've been shown how short life can be and how quickly it can be taken away.
This girl, loves that boy.
Happy Anniversary, Josh. I am nothing, without you.
Hey...I love you. ;)