Ten year ago today I made you mine, as much as anyone one of us can ever belong to another, I belong to you and you my dear belong to me. I remember how proud I was to have that ring on my finger, the way I would point at things or touch my face to try to show it to everyone, look at me, someone loves me this much!
Even now so many days later I look at you sometimes with your strong voice and your sure stance, the way you use your hands to turn nothing into something, and I feel pride, that you belong to me, that we belong to each other.
A marriage is a string of tiny moments laid out over time, the best ones, the worst ones, the ones we never notice, coming one after another, often before we take the time to stop and live in them. You asked me this week which moments were the important ones, the ones I remember, and I was caught of guard and so I took the easy answer, houses bought, children born, trips that took us far. But this is the truth, the important moments, the ones that have made us this one we've become live without a date in my mind.
They are the Saturdays that we would work and work to make our little house something beautiful, they are the drives in the country when we would dream, then see a sunset so beautiful, so as to think that just maybe this was not a real place to live after all. They are the bike rides where we would ride till we could ride no more and feel so proud of what we've created, this family tucked safely in the trailer behind us. They are the nights when we would finally stop yelling long enough to hear the other's pain and to walk into it, because no matter the pain, this is worth it. It is the first time I realized that when you look at me, you really see beauty.
When I look in your sky colored eyes, I remember better who I was when I met you long ago, because I used to look into those eyes and think all my dreams resided there. Over the years I learned to look into the Father's eyes to find my future, to love Him first, and He has taken this obedience and blessed it. The more I love Him, the more I love you, the more I identify myself as His, the more I belong to you.
My life is full of gifts, there are days when I pay attention enough to see that everywhere I turn is blessing upon blessing. But if there is a gift next to my savior that stands above the rest, it is this belonging to you. It is the safety I feel when I crawl into to bed at night, it is the understanding of what you feel before you speak, it is the freedom of being loved by someone who is half of the whole.