Today marks our 11th anniversary, The Mister and I. Eleven years ago today, we said "I do".
That number is simultaneously unbelievably large and incredibly, incredibly small. In some ways, those years have flown and it seems unbelievable to me that it has been so long since I married this wonderful man whom I love, and who has loved me, so very much. In other ways, it seems impossible for me to imagine that there was a time in my life, that there were 26 years, when I didn't know him.
Our marriage has been filled with depth. We have had wonderful blessings and unbearable losses. We have tested its strength and found it to be solid and capable of holding many joys and sorrows. Eleven years ago I couldn't have imagined what the next eleven years would bring. I know now that I also can't imagine what the coming years will bring. I only know that I am ready to spend my lifetime next to this man who knows me and loves me as well as anyone ever could.
Tonight will be like others. We will hold hands. We will profess our love. We will laugh. We do those things every day. But I will spend long moments giving thanks for this life that we have built together.
The Mister chose the song we danced to at our wedding reception. "Now I Know How the River Feels" by Diamond Rio. Such a beautiful, perfect song for two people who traveled a somewhat rocky road searching for the loves of their lives. I am so glad, to paraphrase that song, that I have finally found the place I was always meant to be.