Today is Pat and my 8 year wedding anniversary. 8 years seems like a long time, but it hasn't felt like a long time. It's fun though to think back on how young and naive we were when we were just starting out. I'm amazed at how far we've come and how much we've grown, both individually and together, during the past 8 years.
Two weekends ago when Pat took me away to Chattanooga, he gave me a very sweet gift. I figured I should spread out my bragging on the husband a bit, so I'm sharing it now. He gave me a beautiful ring from Tiffany & Co. with three rows of hearts to represent our (almost) three children in our 8 years of marriage. I think it is absolutely perfect, and feel very lucky to have such a thoughtful husband.
(Please excuse my slightly swollen finger--after all, I am 9 months pregnant in the summer)
When we got married, I didn't know what to expect. I knew we were moving out west and Pat was entering Army life, but I could not have anticipated the highs and lows we'd face. However, it never really mattered what was in front of us because with the person beside us we knew we could handle anything. I know 8 years doesn't make me an expect, and I'm sure we'll learn so much more in the years to come. However, I think the most important thing I've learned in the 8 years of marriage is how important it is to support you spouse. I know that Pat is always on my side, he is my teammate, and he is my rock when I need him. His encouragement has helped me in so many ways. I hope that he feels I have provided him the same unconditional support and backing that he has given me.
I look forward to the future with Pat and our family. I am a very lucky woman. I've had 8 great years with the love of my life, and I hope for many, many more.