Today, 13 years ago we started something amazing.
This weekend we had a lot of time to talk and thik about how we got here and one thing was really clear- This life, these kids, this house, these jobs, these events aren't possible without each other.
In the last couple years I've seen and heard of many friends whose marriages are ending and it makes our day-to-day even more meaningful. Each time, I've made a point to stop and think about what we are doing right and what I could be doing better.
Perhaps the thing that comes to mind most is that we take time to talk, listen and laugh together. It doesn't seem like much, but love is about putting someone else's needs and happiness in front of your own. When I listen to Emily and learn what is important to her and what she needs, it's the first step to making her life a priority.
The funny thing is that Listening is the thing we're doing well and the thing I need to work on. She's awfully patient with me and has a much better memory than I do. There are times when I drop the ball and don't remember the important things she's said. Thankfully she doesn't mind repeating things for me occasionally and I'm getting better at remembering (or writing it down).
I hope that listening to and knowing her is a strength for the next 13 years.
Thanks for being my wife Emily!