First and foremost I’m grateful for my family, which now includes Darling Husband. Every single day, I feel so blessed to have him in my life and to be lucky enough to call him “my husband.”
He has changed my life for the better in so many ways, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it sometimes.
Especially when I think back to my life four years ago…. which was just the moment in time when I was about to meet him, and didn’t know it yet.
Four years ago today I was preparing to have Thanksgiving alone at my apartment. I was in my mid-40s and everything was going wrong in my life. My dogs had recently passed away. My house had gone to foreclosure and I was being harassed by bill collectors. I was having serious financial problems. My parents had passed away, and the rest of my family lived on the other side of the country. I couldn’t afford to fly out to see them. Making things worse, I’d just been dumped by a major jerk. I was so depressed and felt like there wasn’t much to look forward to in life.
But at the last minute my sister was able to get off work (she is a flight attendant and rarely has holidays off). Her husband was on a hunting trip with his brothers, so instead of going to see him, she flew into town and we had Thanksgiving together. It was such an unexpected surprise, it meant soooo much to me and I’ll never forget it.
By the end of the weekend, my cousin had sent me money and pressured me to join eHarmony. I was dragging my feet the whole way, but on the Sunday after Thanksgiving I signed up. The next day when I came home from work, I’d been matched with Darling Husband. He was literally my first match.
And everything changed from there. He just rode into my life like a knight in shining armor. He was a gentleman and he was very taken with me from the beginning. I tried not to be skeptical, but it was hard because my heart had been broken so many times. He was so romantic, and that was just what I needed in my life at that time: a good, old-fashioned romance to help me believe in love again. He took me out on beautiful, well-planned dates, brought flowers, surprised me with little presents. By Valentines Day, we were head over heels in love and talking about spending the rest of our lives together. He even gave me a diamond bracelet after we’d only been dating three months!
We ended up getting married on the two-year anniversary of the day we first met face to face. This Christmas is going to be our second wedding anniversary and four years together as a couple. We are so compatible and well-matched (thank you, eHarmony!!)…. we have never had a real fight to speak of, just a couple of small disagreements here and there. We just love each other every day, are grateful for each other, and have fun.
And, as if all of that weren’t wonderful enough, Darling Husband is very financially secure. After we got married, he revealed to me that he has a lot more money than I ever realized. Not that that matters in the big scheme of things… I would have married him if he had nothing. But it’s ironic that not only was I blessed with the love of a good man, but my financial worries are behind me.
Four years ago today, I never could have imagined all of this. I wouldn’t have believed it. I thought my life was over, and I had no idea that such a happy future was just around the corner. I can’t imagine my life without my husband now.