Thursday, November 18, 2010

Comfort & Joy

What brings me comfort and joy?

The answer is one word: 


I am incredibly lucky to be married to my best friend. We celebrated our 11th anniversary this past April, though we've been together for a total of 16 years. I met him when I was a senior in high school. We moved in together a year later, much to the dismay of my family. People balked....whispered behind our backs....created false stories about where I really was...took guesses on how long we'd make it. But look at us now....I suddenly feel like breaking into that song by Shania Twain - 
Looks like we made it
Look how far we've come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew wed get there someday

They said, I bet they'll never make it
But just look at us holding on
Were still together still going strong
Yes, we've had our ups and downs, and plenty of tears have been shed. But we've always come out of it stronger and for the better. And really it's easy when you are married to your best friend. 
Together we've created these two most amazing little people. Two amazing children that I'd walk on coals for. Two children who are my whole world! It took a long time to get there - to become a parent - but once we got there, we couldn't have been happier. Life was complete. Our circle as a family was complete. 
When I think of my life without my husband and children, it brings tears to my eyes. It literally pains my heart to think of my life without them. I'd never be complete. I wouldn't be the woman/wife/mother I am today if it weren't for them. 
When I am down, I can count on my husband to make me laugh. He's got such a knack for being so crazy and saying the most crazy things are times when I just need it. He finishes my sentences - we share the same thoughts - we share the same crazy, sometimes twisted sense of humor. (If you are reading this honey, think of the bringing  home lost animals" lol) He works so hard to provide for our family, giving me the opportunity to stay home and be the mom I always wanted to be. 

And my children, they can make the worst of times, completely disappear. They cheer me up - they give me kisses and hugs - they color fantastic pictures for me. But really the greatest thing they do for me is love me. They love me as I am - unconditionally - mistakes and all. 
They love me! 

At this time of year, when the holidays are on our doorstep, I am ever so thankful and comforted by my family. 

What brings you comfort and joy? What makes you happy? 
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