The things you vow… a letter to my husband

11 years ago I married my best friend. In the most non-traditional way possible, I one day wrapped my arms around your legs, looked up at you from the rock ledge at Lake Minnewaska, and asked you to marry me. I nearly choked on my words, but it burst out of me in the most sincere way from my whole body… from every cell. I knew you were my life mate.

How could I have ever imagined the things we’ve seen and lived together? We spent a long 7 years after marriage, just knowing and loving each other. Then one day our family grew and it was a miracle that changed us both profoundly.

With Julian, we are 3. ❤ In spite of wrapping himself all up in his cord, he soon made it to greet us, and from those deep brown eyes looking up from my arms, we found each other again, in the most masterful and perfect plan!

How could you have known the depth of the things you vowed to me that Wedding Day? Did you ever imagine you would be emptying surgical drainage bulbs, or holding me as I wretch every last bit of anesthesia from my body? You have picked me up from pieces and are holding me and loving me still through the ravages of chemo. You amaze me with the depth of your love and I am eternally grateful. Happy Anniversary my love. May we have so many more!

Wedding photo

9/6/03

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9 thoughts on “The things you vow… a letter to my husband

  1. Happy Anniversary to my amazing daughter and son-in-law. I love you both very much! Wishing you many many more years of happiness!

  2. Happy Anniversary!
    Your marriage is strong because your love of each other is deep and lasting. Julian adds a bond that strengthens your marriage and adds an indescribable depth to your love of each other and to Julian. You are a model family and I love you very much.

  3. Wishing you and Joey a Happy Anniversary, love to you and your beautiful family, thank you for sharing your journey..Xxx

  4. Melissa, your story has touched me deeply. I am a breast cancer survivor of roughly one year. Stage 1, hormone positive. I finished my last chemotherapy session on September 9, 2013. I just want to say that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The cure is tough but you are tougher.

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