Wednesday, April 29, 2015

15 Years

Today Tony and I celebrate 15 years of marriage. How did that happen? It's amazing this chirpy Yankee girl and that good old Georgia boy made it. We met one night when he was on his way to meet friends and decided instead at a stoplight to go in a completely different direction. It was a direction that led him to me, the girl who was flying back to New York in the morning. A very chance encounter. It felt like a movie. 

There's a lot to love about Tony. He's a maverick. A man's man. A cut-up. He's extremely humble and very private. (This post will likely make him cringe. Sorry, Honey. Some things simply must be said! Wink.) He's loyal, trustworthy, and kind. He's the sort of guy who would work overtime to raise money for a sick puppy's surgery. Outside of my Dad, he's the hardest worker I know. He can take anything apart and fix it. (He once built a muffler for our riding lawnmower out of a Mountain Dew can. Now that's sexy. My MacGyver.) Tony is the first to help a neighbor in need, and he's known for his fix-it skills on our street. He volunteers at church. He's a hands-on, all-in, adores-his-kids dad. The kids prefer his scrambled eggs over mine, and they love it when he does afternoon carpool. (Everyone gets an ice cream.) 

Tony is an excellent human being. What I didn't say is he's perfect. Because he's not. And neither am I. And neither is our marriage. There are times we drive each other crazy! We've made 10,000 mistakes. We'll make plenty more.  But we've learned a lot, too, over the past 15 years. And we'll keep learning.

So today I want to tell my husband that I love him, and I'm so fortunate to have him at my side through breast cancer. When you vow to stay together "in sickness and in health," you don't imagine this. We're about to enter into new territory. I know it won't be easy, but with Tony in my corner, I know I'll never fight this battle alone. He's my hero.

What do you love most about your spouse? Tell them today. They need to hear it.

Cheers to us!  Love, Emily

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful tribute, Emily! I remember when you came back from that trip and told us you met someone that you REALLY, REALLY LIKED. Lol. So glad I was there to help you celebrate on Day One, and even happier you guys are still going strong. Sending good vibes your way.