10 years I wouldn’t trade for anything

I have to be honest, mostly because I put it in writing, I have not really made anniversaries as special as I should have. Angela and I have let many go by with nothing more than a card and perhaps dinner. For financial reason we are not able to do very much this year either but I will not allow it to go by without making it as special as possible.

My main way of making this anniversary special is by looking at how I can can become a better husband. That was part of my purpose in posting my regrets. But today I celebrate!

Today I celebrate 10 years of loving, growing, learning, struggling, dreaming, questioning, striving, failing, succeeding, hoping, crying, yelling, laughing, wanting, needing, trying, slipping, lifting, standing, walking, running, sleeping, waking, apologizing and looking forward to the next 10 years with my best friend. With that in mind I would like to share with you my favorite poem of all time as I dedicate it to my wife.

Love

I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help
Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.

Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

by Roy Croft

Angela, I love you more today than ever before and will live my life proving it to you. I could not be who I am without who you are. It’s taken me 10 years but I think I finally realize the husband you deserve and look forward to being just that till the very end. Happy Anniversary!