10 years ago today I married my best friend. A man who adored me, which is beyond my understanding. Looking back over the past 10 years I reflect on all that we've experienced together. My graduation from college, a trip to West Virginia for white water rafting, we built a house, we went to California and drove up the Pacific Coast Highway from L.A. to San Fransisco - one of the most beautiful experiences we've ever had together. We have welcomed 3 beautiful children into our life together - which is by far THE most beautiful experience we've had together. We've experienced grave illness when Dan's Dad had a massive heart attack 5 years ago. He's still with us and we are thankful for that. We've had friends come and go...some have gone to be with the Lord, and some we've just grown apart from. But, we're still here. Our marriage is a constant in our life that is influenced by so many variables.
With each new experience comes newer and sometimes greater responsibility which we all know makes marriage a challenge. I feel so blessed that after 10 years, and 3 kids, we can still laugh together and love one another. I love Dan for much deeper reasons than when we married 10 years ago. I love him for the way he (usually) understands me, for the father he is - I am so blessed that my girls have a daddy that loves them with all his being, I sometimes see him hugging them and I can see the energy surrounding them, it's magical. I love Dan for his knowledge - he's a smart guy! I love him for his caution, and his ability & willingness to analyze and research almost everything - even though it drives me crazy sometimes, I'm so glad he has the energy and the insight. I love him for keeping me in check and telling me to just let it go. For his constant reminders that I have the bar set too high and it's alright to lower my standards. Most of all, I love him because he sees something special in me that I have never been able to see in myself . Dan has taught me love. I've learned a lot, but I still have a lonnnggg way to go! I love Dan for his patience with me.
Looking forward...the next 10 years will bring even greater challenges and responsibilities. We'll have 3 teens in our house! I pray that we'll still have our parents in our lives, and that we'll all be healthy, safe, & sane!
Danny Jahn, my jigar I love you! It's been a wild ride and we haven't even reached the summit. I'm so glad I have you in my heart and by my side to keep it real! Hang on! I suspect the next 10 years are going to be pretty bumpy, but I think the best is yet to come.