Today is the anniversary of our very first date as "boyfriend and girlfriend." It was the first time that we tentatively held hands, and had our first peck on the lips. Okay, so maybe it was more than a peck, but don't tell my mom and dad. I have an image to maintain!
Really, who woulda thought we'd end up here, 14 years later.
I wonder sometimes, when I am feeling down, if he had known then what he knows now would he have stuck it out? Or would he have run screaming the other way?
We have been through the ultimate test of our relationship over the past few years. It is understandable that many couples faced with these challenges do not make it. Our lives are so much different than they would have been otherwise, if we had had full term healthy babies.
In the end though, I think, even if he had known, he would have taken me on anyway. The bond we have is up to the challenge. We compliment each other, respect each other, and really like each other (most of the time). We connect on an emotional level, in a way that I can't imagine connecting with anyone else. We enjoy each other's company (most of the time), and after all these years, I just really like to talk to him. I think he likes to talk to me too. We laugh at each other's jokes, and act goofy with our kids.
When we have a moment to breath, take a step back, and look at the bigger picture, it's completely clear. We are insanely and completely in love with each other, with our girls, and with the quirky little family we have created.
After all, what's NOT to love???