One year ago today, I married my best friend and the absolute love of my life. And, I can honestly say that these past 12 months have been the happiest I've ever had.
I've never believed in "soul mates" - I think love is a choice and you can make a relationship with anyone work. But, Zach fits me like a perfect glove. And, I'm consistently amazed that our weirdness so beautifully compliments each other.
Zach and I met 5 years ago, and it was love at first sight (well, for me, at least.) I always knew we'd be a great pair... the timing was just never right. So, we were friends who watched The Office together every Thursday night instead.
I kept my love for Zach (not so) hidden in the 3 years that we were friends before he officially asked me out. Little did I know, he always liked me too... he just wasn't ready for a commitment.
At the time, it was super frustrating. I knew we had chemistry, so I got impatient waiting for the inevitable to happen. But, looking back, I realize those 3 years were crucial to the success of our relationship. We both had a lot of growing up to do before committing to each other.
Now more than anything, I'm glad we had 3 years of a friendship foundation to build our relationship upon. Today Zach remains, more than anything, my dearest friend: someone who I can laugh and cry with, who is patient with my flaws, and willing to admit his own.
After a full year, I still love being around him! I really can't get enough. We just spent the last week together in New York, and I never once got sick of him - which I think is a feat in itself.
So, I know that we're still in the honeymoon phase - blissfully in love with each other. And, I know life won't always be so easy. I hear that hard times will most definitely be in our future.
But, today I enormously thankful: thankful for a husband whose heart it so kind and generous; thankful that his sense of humor can diffuse the most serious of situations; thankful for his consistency that allows me to trust him wholeheartedly; thankful that he believes I can accomplish my dreams - almost more than I do; thankful for his patience in dealing with my never-ending anxiety; and thankful for his generously administered supply of kisses.
Dear Mr. Piepmeyer, I'm so very happy we chose each other.