One year ago today I married the most wonderful man in the world. That day marked the beginning of something that I knew would be amazing, but never knew exactly how amazing it would be.
Our first Christmas tree together
I have made many mistakes in my life, but one thing I got right was marrying Joe. If that is the only thing I ever do right in my life, it will have all been worth it just to spend my life with him.
Joe and I met through an online personals website. I had just moved to New York City and everything was new to me. I had a new life, new surroundings, and new people - but very few of them I knew very well. I can still remember the first moment I saw Joe. I hurried down the stairs of my apartment and swung open the door, not realizing that Joe was waiting for me on the outside stairs. I looked down and I was met with the biggest, most beautiful smile - and there he was! I'll never forget that moment as long as I live. We had a fantastic, 6 hour first date! We still frequent the coffee shop that we visited that night; it's one of our favorite spots. Our second date was to a local brewery, where we sampled some great beers - something we both love! After that, we were inseparable. It's been almost 3 years since that first date, and I will cherish every moment, always, and every moment that is to come.
When I think about our first year together I think of all the wonderful times we've had, and I can't help but think of what the future has in store for us. I never dreamed I would be 6 months pregnant with our first baby on our one year anniversary, but here we are, and there's no denying the little life inside me. All the special times and memories we've had together this past year, and to know that it will only get better makes me eager for the future and grateful for all the blessings we have had.
As a wedding gift last year, Joe presented me with a small book of poems. The book has no author listed, no copyright date, and is rather old. However, the poems it contains are beautiful and are cherished by me. The book is titled, "To the Lady Whom I Love". A small poem on the first page is so sweet, I thought I would share it, as well as one other poem that I found very fitting:
"The language of my heart
is written in this book
Mark how strong my love is
When in it thou shalt look"
Also, another poem:
A Love Song
Laugh not, nor weep, but let thine eyes
grow soft and dim (so love should be)
and be thy breathing tender, quick,
And tremulous, whilst I gaze on thee
And let thy words be few or none;
But murmur, such as soothe the air
In summer, when the day is done,
Be heard, sweet heart, when I am here,
And I - Oh! I in those soft times,
When all around is still and sweet
Will love thee more thousand times
than if the world were at thy feet.
Happy Anniversary, Joey! You are my dream come true.