happy five years

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Dear Alex, 

Today we celebrate five years of marriage. I have to say that this past year has been our most difficult one yet. We have been through a lot...between having two kids back-to-back, moving from Denver to Miami, getting adjusted to living with relatives, and working out communication issues...it was rough. I think we have fought more in the past year than in all our years together. We've said things we didn't mean and thought about throwing in the towel. We have both cried and screamed and wondered what the heck we're doing. But one important fact remains, we love each other. Marriage isn't always rainbows and butterflies. There are hard and dark moments. We both made mistakes and acted in ways we never should. But I wouldn't trade it for the world because we have emerged from this year a more united couple. We've realized our mistakes and are doing everything we can to make them right. We are learning to be more patient and the power of a sincere, "I'm sorry." And even though it was a hard year we never went to bed angry with each other. I love the fact that we can always end the night cuddling in bed together as we drift off to sleep...unless of course one of the children found their way to our bed to spend the night. 

So thanks for this past year, my love. There's no one else I would rather be married to. Thank you for the gift of my children. Thank you for working so hard and letting me stay home with them. Thank you for loving me despite all my flaws. Thank you for being a good dad, always willing to entertain them, change diapers, and facilitate bath time. Thank you for always encouraging me to do what I love. Thank you for always thinking that I'm beautiful. You are my favorite.

Love forever and always,

Your Wife.

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