Wednesday, May 23, 2007

9 Years With My Best Friend

9 years ago today I walked down the aisle and said "forever." Where do I start? How do I begin to explain how I feel about this man I married? Just thinking about writing this has me teary eyed. I am so grateful that I chose this amazing person to share my adventure. I met Russ 11 years ago. 11 YEARS AGO! It seems like a few months ago. I was 19 and he was 20. The story of how we met is lots of fun. Maybe I will tell you that one soon but not today. Today is for my Russ.
Dear Soccer Boy,

How do I thank you for who you are? I can't possibly express what you mean to me. With all my heart I adore you. If I could choose any man in this entire world I would choose you all over again. Not because you are what is familiar or comfortable- although you are. :0)

I would choose you because of who you are. You are beyond amazing.

Before we even went on our first date I saw who you would be. I knew even then what you were capable of doing. After only a couple of months I knew it would be you and me forever. The night you asked me to marry you there wasn't a moment of hesitation. I was yours 11 years ago. I have been yours ever since and will be forever.

We were seriously babies when we fell in love. Growing up with you has been the best decision I ever made. I have had the privilege of watching you become this incredible man. You are becoming everything I dreamed I would have in a husband. You are so involved and precious with your girls. I could not ask for a better Daddy for my babies. You treat me like a princess and challenge me to become more than I thought I could be. You have backed me up in pursuing my dreams and opened up doors that I never would have seen without you. You are honestly far beyond what I imagined for my life. I am so honored to be your helpmate and partner.
I am crazy in love with you. Sometimes my heart still flutters when I think about you. I can't wait to spend time with you and tell you what's in my heart. I admire and respect you. When I see our future together I see wild adventures. I love that about us. Life is never boring with you Soccer Boy. Life is always an adventure. Together we are learning not to live afraid. We dream big, HUGE EVEN and then we watch it happen.

Amazing, that's what my life is. I could not ask for more. I can't imagine better than life with you. Thank you Russ. Thanks for choosing me, loving me, caring for me, pushing me towards greatness, putting up with me and adoring me the whole way. You are the greatest blessing in my life.
Love Always, Chipmunk

I made you this video babe. I hope you have fun seeing it all over again. Love ya!


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The McKenzie Crew said...

aaaaaawwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!How cute:)

Happy Anny Guys:)

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!!!

Nan said...

love love LOVE the pic of you guys on the swing/bench with your bare feet in the wedding dress. my fav!

and the nose-picking one made me laugh out loud - how fun!

so, where did you go on your honeymoon?


Laurie said...

Rusty is one of my most favorite people. And I'm so glad he married you.

I wish y'all nothing but the best.

ps: I caught a glimpse of myself skinny. Can we go back 9 years again?!?!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!! Happy Anniversary! And wishing you many blessings in the years ahead!stephanie

Natalie said...

That was too sweet! You guys are a fabulous couple and you sure have done some amazing things together!

Zac and Jenny said...

You are my team leader on the "No More Junk in the Trunk" blog. I happened to decide to lurk on your site today... and I'm so glad I did. What a beautiful letter to your husband. Even though I've never seen either one of you before today, I feel like I know how great you both are by that wonderful letter. Congratulations on your special day. Best wishes for many many more years of happiness. -Jenny (aka Fat-Back)

nikki said...

Love the video!
Happy Anniversary

Suzanne said...

Aw, now you've got me all choked up! Congratulations, you're a great couple.

Courtney said...

Hey Angel! I'm just a lurker admitting my presence! Your daughters are ADROABLE!!!! Happy anniversary!!