4 yearsOne week after Adaleigh's birth, Nick and I celebrated 4 years of marriage. We didn't go on a fancy date or give expensive gifts... instead we gave the little ones extra hugs and kisses, and reflected on the last 4 years over a simple lunch.
In 4 years we have grown into a family of four, found success and happiness in our careers, and are currently waiting to move into our first custom built home. We have laughed and loved, yelled and cried... but we have done it all together. We have survived our first deployment and months apart during training. We have battled through the challenge of infertility specialists and miscarriage, and have been blessed with 2 beautiful, healthy children.
Nick and I have spent the last decade together. One-third of my life with the man I love. I have watched him grow into an amazing man, and the greatest father anyone could ever ask for. I'm grateful to have him, but I'm even more grateful that my children have him as their father. He is patient and loving, and there's nothing he loves more than his family.
Four years have taught me the challenge of marriage, and the need to work and grow together every single day. Our relationship has rarely been easy, but that has made us so much more appreciative of what we have and the effort we've put into growing our amazing family. Our story isn't perfect... we aren't perfect... but our love is everything we've ever needed and more. I hope more than anything that our children feel the love that binds our family together, and never once doubt the love we have for each other. I hope to teach them that commitment and faith will always overshadow any bumps along the road.
Our family will always be what I am most proud of in life. Every day that I wake up next to the man that I love is truly a blessing.