10 Years Together

A picture Sue created in Microsoft Paint after I proposed to her.

A few days ago Sue and I celebrated 10 years together as a married couple. To think that we’ve made it to the decade mark and our 10th anniversary is nothing short of a miracle. It’s been an incredible journey, one that has included thrills, spills, amazing highs and similar lows.

But… we made it and I’m so thankful that I’ve found and get to do life with my best friend and partner. I am so grateful that we didn’t give up because we are now getting to reap the blessings from our commitment.

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Date Night @ Georgia Tech, 2004/5

When I think about the 10 years that we’ve spent together it’s hard to come up with words that adequately put it all together. In many ways (in most ways) I simply can’t believe that someone as amazing as her has been so committed to being with someone as awkward and as difficult as I am.

In short, I have not made it easy and we both had no idea what the last 10 years would be like. We moved 12 times in 10 years (I might be missing one or two…) from Atlanta to Austin (a few times in that city) back to Atlanta (5 or 6 times there) and now to San Francisco where we’ve changed housing 3 times already (with another imminent).

She’s watched me make some incredibly stupid decisions career-wise and also seen me experience the highest of highs when it comes to employment.

She’s seen me grow and learn and fall and get back up again; she’s been my biggest fan, my greatest supporter, and the most important encourager that I’ve got.

And, she sets me straight and now, more than ever, helps me make the very best decisions as a husband, dad, and a growing business leader and provider.

She’s been an amazing mother to two beautiful and smart girls who are… ah… just so awesome (what words can adequately describe your own children and the love and affection that you have for them?).

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Roenne (8… almost 9!), Arden (4…. almost 5!)

Watching her grow as a mom has been a pleasure and an honor. And, I am sorry that I have had to be your “3rd child” at times when I can’t seem to get my junk straight! Thanks for loving me and these kids as part of your life’s work.

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Hawaii, August 2015

I don’t have a perfect marriage and we’re still learning to love, understand, and communicate with each other every single day of every single week of every single month and every single year. And it’s hard, no questions about it.

But, what we have concluded is that there is no one else that we’d rather be doing life with and that we are as committed as we’ll ever be to see this to the very end. It’s been so much fun and it’s getting more fun every single year.

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One of my favorite pictures of Sue.

I’m so ready and excited about the next 10 years with you, Sue. I can’t even begin to imagine where we’ll be and what we’ll be doing and how you and I will be even closer and more in love than we are right now.

I mean, by that point, Roenne will be officially an adult and Arden will be too close for comfort…! So, we’ll need each other even more (because who else will stay up at night and giggle about random stuff with me on IMGUR?).

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Not an awkward pic of us! Yay!

Here’s to another 10 years… thank you for being my best friend and saying “Yes” all those years ago. It’s been more than I could have possibly imagined and hoped for.

We got this.