@lina010: I didn’t count them but I figured that I would put mine here for you to see. 🙂
When we first met, I said I didn’t want to be in a relationship, to date or to even be friends. I was terrified of being hurt. But something told me that this was meant to be. I knew that you were special the first time you put your arms around me, it felt like I was home. I fell in love with one little kiss on my shoulder. Head over heels, shooting across the sky in love with the boy from high school who drove too fast and rarely spoke to me. I fell in love with the cute guy in art class that stared at me but pretended to look past. I fell in love with you. In case, you are wondering who that guy was. 🙂
My love, the road I traveled to find you was a long and difficult journey. But it is one that I would travel over again if it meant that I would stand here with you today to begin my life.
Paul, being with you is the best adventure that I have ever known. My heart beats faster because of you every day. You give me goosebumps and butterflies, all at the same time. I’m flying and falling. I am soaring so high with happiness that sometimes I can’t breathe. And I am loving every moment of the ride. They say that when you get married, you marry your best friend. I have best friends…… (The kids have their photos & hold them up) I do NOT want to wake up every morning for the rest of my life next to them! I want to wake up every morning next to you because you are my very best friend. You are more than that though.
You have been my inspiration to dream and believe that love is possible. I found the greatest love with you. You are the half of me that I never thought I would find. You are the most wonderful, honest, loyal, sentimental and loving man that I have ever met. You are amazing because you are just you, just Paul.
You have taught me to unwind and settle my center. You are my greatest strength and my greatest weakness. You accept me with my many wonderful attributes and very few flaws. Okay, all my flaws. You have brought a calmness and peacefulness that I have never known in my life. You love the package deal of me. You opened your heart and your arms to our children and became a grandfather. That made you all the more wonderful. When I see you with them, I fall deeper.
Life’s path may not always be easy but I believe that there is nothing that we couldn’t do as long as we do it together. We are stronger together than apart.
Everything in me tells me that it is right to commit my life to building a future with you. With you, I have all that I’ll ever need in a husband. You are everything to me. You are more than enough. You are my all.
My love, there are millions of words that could say all that my heart feels and most are not adequate enough to say it with any eloquence. The only ones that come to mind that could ever simply explain are the ones that I will tell you for the rest of your life. I love you, Paul.
When I say I love you, this is what I mean:
You are the one that I waited my whole life to find. You are the one that I was meant to be with. I offer you me, all of me, without fear. My joy and tears, my courage and my brokenness, my successes and failures, my humor and despair.
I promise to laugh with you and at myself.
I give you my future to become a part of yours.
I pledge to hold you in times of heartache and laugh with you in times of joy.
I vow to listen to you, respect and consider your thoughts and feelings.
I commit that I will view your challenges as if they were my own.
I swear to always love you and to see you for the phenomenal person you are.
I will cherish every moment that we have together and to be there for every moment of your life.
I will honor our marriage and bear witness to you.
I promise to communicate with you the deepest part of me and do it with complete honesty and faithfulness.
I commit to you to do my best for you in every way.
I offer you nothing less than the rest of my life.
You are my closest friend, my lover, my life, my rock and my sideways 8. And after today, my husband.
All of this is what I mean with each time I say the words, I love you, Paul. Because I do.