I've come to look forward to writing this letter to you each year... an opportunity to pause in the middle of our daily rush and chaos and think about you... think about us.
I continue to be amazed by you. You and I both know this life we lead is not easy - and that "statistics" say we are in an uphill fight - but I can't think of anyone I'd rather face that fight... face this life... with.
I still find, curled in your arms, safely tucked against you, my home. I still find myself grinning as you sneak a kiss in the middle of the night sometimes (even when you think I'm asleep ;) ). I still find my refuge in you. My future in you. My friend, and ally, and lover, and friend. I still find, dear husband, myself drawn to you and grateful for you - even after almost seventeen years together.
Thank you for being mine. Thank you for continuing to stand and fight with me. Thank you for nudging me, holding me up, protecting me, letting me be me (even when my own ways in the world are sometimes difficult for you to swallow)... thank you for loving me.
Thank you for being "that guy"... that guy that I am still so proud and honored and amazed by. Thank you for being to stubborn to give up and to strong to let me.
Thank you, my love, for the amazing daily gift that you are to me and to our family.
You are much more than a hero... you are my hero. And I, my love, am gratefully honored to be your wife and partner and friend.
Proud wife of an OIF Veteran
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