5 Years Ago…

Aaron and I celebrate our 5 year anniversary today, and 9 years together. I don’t usually post such things, but I wrote this for him. :)
because he was kind, and put my foglight covers on, even before I knew him…
because he told me funny stories over the Internet…
because we saw the US become mortal in one day….
because he let me drive his stick shift in a race, of all things…
because we used to roam New England just to discover…
because he shoveled my car off in the morning when I parked on the street…
because he learned to love cats, even crazy ones…
because he understood my stranger anxieties…
because he loved the outdoors…
because he snorkeled despite getting seasick on the way…
because we watched the Subarus scream through the woods… pssssh! psssh!
because he met the family, and thought they were nice…
because he finished his degree when he could have let it go…
because he made exercising and eating mindfully part of his life…
because he bought a kayak to go with me…
because he unhooked the fish I caught for me…
because he proposed to me on a hike, next to a lake…
because we promised to help each other realize our dreams…
because we said a sudden goodbye to a friend together…
because he rode behind me when we trained…
because we crossed the PMC finish line as a team…
because he got creative in cooking…
because he took me to town after a week camping in the rain…
because he was nervous when he signed the house papers…
because he built a chicken coop with his Dad…
because he reused a pallet to make the chicks’ brooder…
because he relished being an Uncle to his many nephews and nieces…
because he cheered me on at all the races he wasn’t also in…
because he drove a sick alpaca to the large animal hospital with me in the middle of night…
because he was confident the moment he found out we were having a baby…
because he wrangled the farm animals for most of the next year…
because he joined a CSA and goes to the farmers market every week he can…
because he rode his bicycle 140 miles in a day…
because he rode another 250 miles less than a week later…
because he read several books about becoming a Dad…
because he stayed by my side when I was in labor…
because he welcomed our daughter into the world…
because he held her gently even when he was exhausted…
because he held me gently even when he was exhausted…
because he shows his daughter his love every day…
because he is excited to be a Dad again…
because he is the kindest, caring person I know…
because we are so much better when we’re together…
because he knows everything will be ok…
and because I love him…
I am so proud and happy to share our ninth year together
and our fifth year anniversary of our wedding…
today.