When I woke up this morning, I had a flood of memories from this day 8 years ago. When I woke up on June 4, 2005, I was getting ready to marry my best friend, Dana. As excited as I was, I had no idea what the next 8 years would look like.
I had some great ideas of what our marriage would be, but the tough spots have been tougher than I expected and the great parts have been far greater than I ever imagined. I can honestly say that I married my best friend, and every moment has been incredible.
I love everything about my wife. I know I’m biased, but I would say she’s the perfect wife. In honor of our 8-year anniversary, here are the Top 8 things I love about my wife, Dana.
1. Her Smile
Even on the crummiest days, everything seems better when I see Dana smile. I do some pretty stupid stuff and make a fool of myself on a regular basis just to try to make her smile. I love seeing her smile because it makes me smile!
2. Her Kisses
Neither of us are really “affectionate” or PDA-style people. We always try to respond to one another while juggling the busyness of life, but it’s hard. I love that my wife knows when I need her kisses the most. When I’m super stressed or feeling down, she can change my day with her kiss. I love that she knows just the right time to lay one on me!
3. Her Mom Skillz
Any father should really appreciate his wife’s Mom Skillz. (Yes, I just spelled that with a “z.”) If you don’t, take a day to fill in for her and you certainly will. I honestly don’t know how she does it, and I definitely don’t show her enough appreciate for it. She balances life for me and our daughters, and she is the glue that hold everything together
4. Her Faith in Me
In the past 8 years, we’ve been on a roller coaster. We’ve changed jobs and made moves that really took us out of our comfort zone. She’s a planner that likes to know everything that is going to happen, but she has faithfully stuck with me on a crazy ride. In each step, she has had faith in me and trusted me. Even in times when I doubted myself, she kept having faith in me.
5. Her Faith in God
I admire my wife’s faith in God. A big reason that she can follow me into hairy situations is because she has tremendous faith in God. She’s reading this and saying that she doesn’t have faith, but her actions have always spoken otherwise. She has always been an example for me in how to trust God and follow His lead.
6. The Way She Loves Others
You really should be friends with my wife. She loves her friends so much. I love watching her talk with them and spend time with them. She’ll tell you that she’s naturally shy and doesn’t have many friends, but I’ve seen her invest in the people around her and really love them well.
7. Her Value of Family Time
My wife values times together as a family, so she makes it happen. I can count on one hand the number of times we’ve eaten dinner in front of a TV! I really appreciate the way my wife values our family and creates quality time for us–as crazy and hard as it may be!
8. That She’s My Best Friend
The greatest reason that I love my wife is because she’s my best friend. There is no one in the world that knows as much about my failures and insecurities than her. She has seen the good, the bad, and the very ugly sides of me. Through all of that, she’s chosen to still love me. There’s no value that I can put on her friendship and the impact it’s had on my life. I’m so thankful that I get to spend my life with my very best friend.
Dana, I love you and I always will.