I’ve done a lot of wonderful and honorable things in my life. There is much to be proud of and much to celebrate. But, looking back on my life the thing I’m most proud of is finding you and building the family we have together for the past 16 years.
Unfortunately, many people get married and forget the love in those young hearts that brought them together. Couples grow apart, find reasons to be selfish, or blame society for why it doesn’t work. Others refuse to acknowledge their weaknesses and seek ways to blame others for their failures.
But, some of use recognize that marriage was the best thing that ever happened to us. Since meeting you my life has found true purpose. I fall asleep wishing you were with me and wake up lamenting the dreams have ended. The very thought that we will be together again sends flutters of anticipation through my heart.
Every day I question what I did in this to deserve the blessing that you have been to me. I love you more today than I have ever loved you or anything else before. It’s a love I didn’t think could exist. Just one of the many things to which you’ve opened my eyes since meeting you. It’s a love that is undefinable with words. I love you not only for who you are, but for who I am when I’m with you. Even when the sun is obscured by stormy clouds, you provide much needed sunshine in my life. When I’m down and out, you’re always there to pick me up or take care of me.
I’m grateful for the support you give me as I endure the many pressures, stresses, and distractors that come with deployments. Your willingness to sacrifice time with me as I go where the country needs me does not fall on unacknowledged appreciation. Raising a family alone, especially during these teenagers years, is not an easy task, but you tackle the challenge with zeal and determination.
I can’t imagine being anything but your best friend and your husband. I love and miss you dearly.