I met my husband when I was 15.
He worked his way into my heart a little with each passing day. I'd glance up from my work in math class and see those pensive green eyes, that mischievous smile. I'd see him at soccer games and at theatre practices and at weekend gatherings with friends.
He would often look over at me, contemplative and admiring. The combination of strength and love in his eyes intrigued me.
A year later, we were dating. And - from that point on - we were virtually inseparable. He and I together.
I learned that behind those eyes was a compassionate, hard-working, heroic man who cared about God, about people, about change.
We've been married 8 years this January and I can honestly say without hesitation that I love him more today than before. That heady, intoxicating adolescent love has blossomed into a more sturdy and "grown-up" love. He is my friend above all other friends, my business partner, my confidant, my everything.
Sure, we fight sometimes (but not often). I drive him crazy when I forget to get the clothes out of the dryer and when I load the dishwasher "incorrectly" (yes, there is a certain "way" to load dishes...who knew?). He drives me crazy when I ask him a question and it takes him forever to respond because he is "thinking about it." But overall? We're the best team ever. We balance each other. We dream together. We can spend hours and hours talking. In fact, one of our favorite things to do is get in the car and just drive. We clock miles and have conversations...about life and death, parenting and passion, strategies for making every second of our lives count.
On almost every workday, my 3-year-old looks at her daddy and says, "We don't want you to go to work. We want you to stay here with us." I echo that sentiment. Our 7-month-old looks over at him and beams. He kisses us, says good-bye. And then he texts us when he gets to work, "I'd rather be with you too."
And you know what? Staying at home together would work. We wouldn't tire of each other. We would inspire each other. We are truly an "A-Team." It's kind of like that famous quote from Helen Keller: "Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much."
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