*Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here. This October, I am taking part in a series based on this called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes”, in which we commit to writing from the prompt as usual, but everyday rather than just on a Friday. Read more here.
To my husband,
In a few short weeks we celebrate 3 years of marriage. I can’t quite believe how quickly they have flown by!
I wish I could say they have been easy and wonderful – but you know they haven’t always. We’ve been through things together that I wouldn’t wish on any young couple in their early 20s in the first few years of marriage. Our house has lacked joy in times of grief and difficulties and change, and I wish I could have filled it back up with happiness for you in that time. I’m sorry that I haven’t always been understanding or supportive. I’m sorry that I’ve not always been the wife you deserve, or even the woman you married 3 years ago.
But I thank you that I am the wife you chose. The wife you choose again everyday. The wife you continue to love and accept even as I grow and change (and even when I don’t grow and change but really should!).
Thank you for remaining true and constant through the tough times. Thank you for putting up with the pregnancy hormones, the impatience, the messy house. Thank you for going above and beyond, as you always always do. Thank you for providing for our family and encouraging me in my hopes and dreams.
3 years ago, we started to make our home together, for better or worse. We’ve had a mix of both of those times over the years, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I love you more now than I did that day. Differently, yes, but more. Because through good and bad you have been what I needed most.
You have been my home.
May the years to come continue to bring us closer, as the last few have (although I hope less eventfully!). I am so proud of the man you have become, the father you are.
I love you.