Happy Anniversary, Ryan!

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Nine years ago today, I married my best friend. He was being deployed a few days later, and we wanted to be husband and wife when he left. It was the easiest decision I have ever made! I knew that I wanted this man by my side for the rest of my life. I simply could not imagine not having my best friend as my partner. I am so thankful that we decided to take the plunge!

I am lucky to be married to a man that not only lets me be myself but likes me being myself! All my life, I have been so guarded to let anyone really know me. After all, if I do that they may not like the real me. Since being with Ryan, he has given me the confidence that there is nothing “wrong” with me. No, I’m not claiming to be normal! However, I do know that I’m a pretty likable person. That is all thanks to him.

If it wasn’t for Ryan, I would not have the friendships that I have. The girls that I look to as sisters would not be in my life. Why? I would have never let them in. Sure, I would have gone to lunches & outings. I just wouldn’t have done any of the touchy feely stuff like opening up or committing to a small prayer group. It simply would not have been an option. With his love & acceptance, I was willing to give it/them a chance. I was still scared, but not fearful that I would be shunned. Thank goodness I did! Now, those three girls are my best of friends. Even from far away, I know that in a moment I can call & they will listen. They will be there for me in good times, bad times, embarrassing times, in all times of my life. Since then, I have now developed several other close friends. None of that would have been possible without my husband.

So today, Ryan, I say “thank you”. Thank you for not only loving me, accepting me, & being in my corner but for also giving me the confidence to be who I am. You not only encourage me to be the person that I am but the person God wants me to be. I am eternally grateful for the love, acceptance, support, and joy that you give me each day! I could not ask for a better person to spend my life with. You are the best husband that I could ever imagine! Thank you for picking me! LOVE YOU!!

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