So today at 4pm, I get to marry my best friend, my partner in crime and the love of my life. To say that I am excited is an understatement. Since I wrote this post in advance – at the time this is published, I will be sitting in a chair at Magnolia Salon getting my hair done by Candice.
The last 561 days since that first text have been some of the best and hardest days ever. We have been through some crap that most couples would cave at – car accidents (three), hospital stays and a breast cancer scare. We have managed to sell one house, combine our two houses into 1 that we finally after a 2 month delay closed on back on July 14th. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been worth it. We get through everything with a fierce love and loyalty for each other. I have said it time and time again, that the way Jake has taken on this “crazy life” of mine has always amazed me. He is the best bonus dad to our kids – he loves them like they were his own. He has seen meltdowns, tears and puke at 2am. He has had heart to hearts with all 3, been the disciplinarian and the best friend. He has made 2am runs to CVS for pedialyte, and late night family dates to Pelican Snowballs. He has brought some structure & order to our lives – like dinners around the kitchen table, Friday pizza nights and family movie night.
Jake first texted me on January 15th, 2016 with a simple text that said “Hey, its Jacob from match…” That was the text that started it all, at 6:39pm on that cold Friday night – and we proceeded to text for basically 3 hours straight – ranging from what we were watching on TV that night to “the hit” (click the words to see what the hit actually is). There were a couple of nights in the next few weeks that I would “sneak out” to make a grocery store run kid-less for milk, or ice cream and Jake would meet me there. Like two teenagers, we would kiss in the parking lot and just stand there hugging between our cars.
What drew me to him the most was how kind he was. He never said a harsh word to me (and to this day he never has). In looking back at those early text conversations (we actually have them saved in a PDF), I see that progression of our relationship grow from hey, lets go on a date to maybe you can stay the night this weekend.
Then came the word game – where he spelled out “I am in love with you” and made me guess all the letters. I was shocked at how fast it came, less than a month after that first date. It all came so naturally and it was simply amazing.
I will forever be in awe of you – your love for me, for our kids and how hard you work for our family every single day. I love you Jake, today, tomorrow and always.