How quickly it goes by and how strangely slow at the same time.
Twelve years ago, Kyle and I stood at an altar before our friends and family and pledged our lives to each other. And not a moment has passed - not a second - in which I questioned that decision. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Kyle is the man God made for me. And I for him.
I can't begin to tell you how much fun I've had with Kyle over the past 12 years. Truthfully, every year since I've known him. And I met him at UofA's freshman orientation, summer of 1995. I was 17, about to turn 18 in a month and a half. And I was not expecting to meet my future husband during a weekend orientation event. But I did.
I remember when my little sister Rachel turned 17 and I thought, "Wow, that's the age I met Kyle. It seems so YOUNG! How could I possibly have felt as absolutely SURE as I did?" And yet I did. It's just one of those things you know deep down in your bones and there's no getting over it. He was for me and I for him.
Kyle captivated me from the first moment - with his good looks, his beautiful smile, his gorgeous brown eyes, his wit, his humor, his artistic gifts and creativity, his understanding and compassion, his strength and leadership, his love for the Lord, his steadiness, his intelligence...I could fill pages with his amazing attributes. And twelve years later, he continues to captivate me. For all those reasons and then some.
He has been patient and steady to my fire and drive. He is thoughtful and considered when I would flare up and act. He is wise. He is unselfish and generous. God has done amazing things in our lives together...we've both grown so much spiritually, for starters. We've both learned even more fully how to surrender the course of our lives to the Lord and been so fantastically blessed as we've done so.
We have been blessed with three amazing, beautiful children who delight us continually. We are blessed with lots and lots of laughter and joy, even though life is not always easy. We have been blessed with wonderful jobs and bosses and so many amazing friends that it is utterly humbling. We are fortunate to have found a church full of like-minded believers who have become our family and our friends as we strive together to walk closer to the Lord. We have been blessed with beloved family members and sisters-in-laws and nieces and nephews who've stolen our hearts and become the friends of our children.
We have learned to wait on the Lord together and seek His will together. We have learned that marriage is wonderful. Especially when you marry your best friend and fall more in love with them every single day.
I love you, Kyle. More than you can fathom.
I'm honored to be your wife of 12 years and your soul-mate.
Happy 12th Anniversary!