It’s April 5th. It’s a special day because I celebrated this day for the past 10 years of my life. 10 years ago I met the most incredible women (girl at the time) and in hindsight, it would change my life forever.
We’ll, not that young. 10 years ago she was a little older than that.
“Katie Witmer” (that’s her maiden name for those who don’t know). She was everything I wanted and I just couldn’t have her. I was a young, punk kid who fell in love. I don’t want to dive too deep into the beginnings of our relationship because I’ll save that for a later post ;)
I was debating whether to write this blog to her as a letter or just write it to her readers. I get the cool privilege of talking one-on-one with her whenever I want so I thought it would be cool to tell you my side of why Kate is so awesome.
In the early stages of our relationship, she made it known that she was completely hooked on me. There was a sense of adoration and loyalty. There was a desire to spend time together. It wasn’t just a relationship, it was more (perhaps that’s why we clicked). The time we spent together was unbelievable. It laid a very solid foundation to our relationship. To this very day, that hasn't changed. I give her credit for all of this. (Keep in mind that I was 15 and she was 17)
It doesn’t stop there. Kate is selfless and compassionate. She was/is there whenever I need her. When people say “you are my rock”, I mean it, that’s her. Solid in every way. If you take a look at a timeline of our relationship (and you will when I write that post) throughout the good and bad times, she’s weathered the storm.
She’s “got my back”. The instinctive nature to protect your loved ones. She’s got that too. Whether it is a bad day at work or a car on the road that cuts me off (she’ll reach over and honk for me!) she’s “got my back”. Similarly, she’s my number one fan. She takes the time to know my heart, what I want to do in life and my goals that I’d like to reach. Those goals become hers as she takes ownership in them. Her sincerity is warming.
She’s cool! Maybe I say that just because we mesh so well but she really is. It’s the times when we go on dates to concerts and sneak into VIP sections because we don’t care! (or that we just didn’t know that it was VIP) Or when we have our movie dates at home that come with popcorn AND beer (can’t have that in a movie theater). Or when we yardsale in the spring and we find awesome vintage things that get us into bigger projects around our house. The list goes on. She’s pretty cool.
Did you guys know she’s an incredible mom!? Holy cow. I’m sure all husbands out there are like “How am I going to be as a dad?” and “How will my wife change in becoming a mom?” Sure, I had them but boy was I blown out of the water. Katie is loving, nurturing and gentle. Her relationship with Emeline is heart melting. Don’t tell anyone but I get emotional sometimes when I see her interact with Emeline. As you can tell, coming from the 14 year old days to now, she has become such an incredible woman. It excites me to think of having more kids with her.
I could go on and on but I have to run before she changes her Blogger password and bans me forever! It’s been fun but let me end on this:
You are my rock, my love, my all. You make me beyond happy and I love seeing us grow as a family. Your strength and resilience is breath taking. Your compassion and selflessness is admirable. You’re incredibly beautiful and I couldn’t tell you enough, but I love you. You say it’s just another birthday but it’s more than that. It’s a reminder for me (and many others) that you make a huge impact in my life and I couldn’t write enough to say it all. Happy Birthday!
Never stop loving you,