It’s so crazy to think that it was already 9 years ago, today, that I said “I DO” to my best friend, the man of my dreams. It seems like just yesterday I walked down the isle…I wasn’t nervous at all that day because I knew…I would love him forever.
As a little girl I always dreamed of what my wedding day would be like. Who would I marry? Would he be “tall, dark, and handsome”, like the fairy tales always said? Well, I must say that my dreams are nothing compared to my reality. I mean that in the best way, of course. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest girls in the world. I married the most caring, humorous, handsome man that I know. I mean…look at him. (I skipped right over “tall and dark” and went straight for the handsome!)
Speaking for me, our connection was instant. I had never met anyone like Ray…immediately, I wanted to just be with him all of the time. So finally, I gave in and we began “officially dating” in June 2001. If you ever want the real story on how we met, please ask me… don’t ask Ray, because it’s filled with some nonsense. I know you’re thinking, “Ray tell a nonsense story?” (I’ll save that for another blog)…Nonetheless, my world has never been the same…and I love him for that.
One of the first things that I noticed about Ray was his outgoing personality. He is always going out of his way to meet new people, or just make someone laugh. He really caught my eye with his rendition of Billy Jean. My Ray has some sweet Michael Jackson moves, in case you didn’t know. I always look forward to weddings and Christmas parties because there is bound to be some MJ played…and I love him for that.
Some things don’t change, he’s still that same guy. He is the one person that can put a smile on my face after having the worst day ever. He’s the person I love to be silly with, and I could spend an entire night just laughing with him (or at him). He has helped me realize it’s ok to be yourself. To laugh at yourself, even when you don’t want to…and I love him for that.
These past nine years have been amazing. But, they haven’t all been easy. We have gone through some junk…and Ray has loved me through it all. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world because everything our marriage has endured, has only made it that much stronger. Ray knows me better than I think I know myself sometimes. He knows when I need a hug, when I need an ear to listen, when I need a drumstick, or when I just need some quiet. He loves me when I’m at my best, and he loves me even more when I’m at my worst….and I love him for that.
These past 9 years have been better than I ever could have hoped. Thanks to Ray, I laugh more, love more, learn more, and cry more (totally kidding!) I look forward to spending many, many more years with my best friend. “I go where you go”…and I love you for that.
Happy 9th Anniversary!