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“I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest — blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine.”
― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre

If it were not for my husband, the laundry would pile up too high, the bills would never get paid, and the tone about our house would be constantly set to serious. My husband brings an unmatched amount of love, light and laughter into our marriage, family, and home. He’s a crazy ultra-marathoner fool, but I love him nonetheless. (He unselfishly finds the time to train for his marathons during work lunch breaks and early morning weekend running sessions as to not disturb our family togetherness, nor my precious need for sleep!)

As a loving spouse, he bestows upon me the frequent mental, physical, emotional and spiritual mini-breaks he knows I need and that are detrimental to my health as a stay-at-home-mother of three children, one with multiple exceptional needs. He makes it possible for me to have ample time to write, read, exercise, and get lost for a few hours if ever the need arises. He gives me all the time that I need, really—whether it be for solitude, to fuel my literary passions, or to fit in just a tiny bit of pampering.  If it were not for him–my husband, my partner, my best friend–I would never have found or felt the love I always dreamed of and prayed for before our fateful reunion one early summer night twelve years ago.

Our life is not perfect, our marriage has and continues to be tested, and our family life is definitely not what some would consider ideal. However, we choose love, each other, and this life together with every new day we’re given–in an unbroken fashion–as a team. He’s far from perfect, and I realize I’m even farther from it. Nonetheless, we’re perfect together.

For choosing to love me despite my litany of unloveable traits and qualities, I profess my gratitude for the man who I love–an incredibly loving, exceedingly hard-working, extraordinarily attractive husband who knows what it means to live out his sacrament of marriage.

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