Today is the 4th wedding anniversary of DH and I. It's funny how things come full circle. When we decided to get married, he was about to leave for Army basic training. I was back in California, getting everything prepared and ready for my journey to Fort Leonard Wood, MO. I would be driving out there with my father-in-law, to see and marry my fiance for the first time in ten weeks.
It was a hot, sweaty day, and DH was/is none too pleased to be in his Class As. I was set on having him in his uniform though, and he obliged me. It was the second wedding for both of us, so it was a very small, intimate affair. The only people there were our fathers, my dad's wife, and his battle buddy. I can't imagine doing it any other way. Under that gazebo, just my husband and I, we were able to focus our attention on what really mattered - how much we loved each other and how much we wanted to make that commitment to one another. There was no big wedding party, no crazy extended family, no drama, nothing to detract from the real purpose and meaning of the day.
We've only been able to spend one anniversary together, our second one, but we don't throw ourselves pity parties because we know that we have a lifetime to spend together. Luckily, I'll be in between BMT and tech school for this anniversary, so I should be able to call him.
The video above is one of my favorite childhood memories. Unfortunately, the ceremony scene isn't included and I can't find it anywhere on YouTube. If you've seen that part and heard the song, you know what I'm talking about. :)
DH, I love you, plain and simple. We've been together for six years now, and even on our worst days, I know that we're better together. We've endured both of our enlistments, a unaccompanied tour to Korea, an Afghan deployment, two cross-country moves, financial highs and lows, and dozens of other obstacles that have faded with time. Together, I know we can do anything. I love you and thank you for the woman you have helped me become. You probably never thought of yourself as a teacher, but you have been just that. Six more weeks and we'll be together again! <3