At this very same time, exactly 365 days ago, I was spending my morning with friends and family for the last time as a single girl.
I had no idea what life would be like from that evening on. All I knew is that I was preparing to marry my best friend, the man who makes my life sparkle (boy, does it sparkle!) and gives everything I do a deeper meaning and purpose.
Thinking back on our wedding day, I realize how blessed we were to be completely surrounded by those who love us so... our "water buffaloes." In my mind, no part of the day could have gone any better, and I relive it in my head more often than I care to admit.
Everyone says that the first year you are married is the hardest, and let me tell you...
It. Was. Hard.
But, it was hard because of circumstances beyond our control - not each other.
And if this will be the most difficult year together? Then I think the fact that I would be willing to live it over and over again, as long as it meant being together, is definitely a good sign.
We have made it through this first year, and even though it has been the most difficult-tearful-torn-up-lonely-aching-physically-painful year of my life, my relationship with G has been what has pulled me through it alive. Not just alive, but with a giggle and a smile.
He makes me glow.
Smiling in a waterfall at the Tabacon Hot Springs.
G, the smile that you put on my face is worth millions to me.
The security and love that I feel when you wrap your arms around me? Worth gajillions.
I love us, and I love my life with you, and I wouldn't trade it for all the money (or shoes) in the world.
I love you with all of my great big happy heart. Feliz Aniversario, mi amor!