In March of 1998 I met the woman that I would marry. Our story is a bit of an interesting one. We met through a radio station singles line, where you could register and leave messages for free, but had to call a 900 number to retrieve messages. I had just started, and she was about ready to give up on it. She was the only person who called me back, and we talked on the phone for a few weeks before meeting in person. I found out later that she almost stood me up, and after that date she wasn't planning on seeing me anymore. Well, things changed, and she did go on a second date with me. Things developed very quickly. Two months later we said "I love you". A month after that I proposed to her. Then four months later we were married. First contact to wedding day was only seven months.
That was 10 years ago today.
These past 10 years have been pretty wild. We've lived in five states during that time (Tennessee, Utah, Illinois, North Carolina, and Georgia). We've added two children, two cats, and a dog. There have been very lean times and greatly blessed times. We've had plenty of arguments but have also grown closer. She's taken on some of my interests and personality traits, and I've taken on some of hers. We've truly become one person in two bodies.
Today, on our 10th anniversary, I can honestly and truly say that I'm madly in love with my wife. We still kiss, snuggle, and spoon. We flirt, hold hands, and truly enjoy being with each other. Is it always perfect? Heck no! There are times when I've been furious at her, and she's been at her wits end with me. But we've grown closer than I though could ever happen with anyone, and I am serious in saying that I'm more in love with her now than on our wedding day.
We're getting ready to go away for the weekend to Charleston, SC. The kids will be taken care of by her sister and parents, and we're going to have four days together without any other distractions.
I love you, Stacey. With all of my heart. You have made me happier than I could ever imagine, and I am so blessed that God placed you into my life. The first 10 years have been great, but that's only the beginning!