If you asked me 14 years ago whether or not I believed in love at first sight, I would tell you, “Yes. His name is Brandon and I plan on marrying him someday.” Wouldn’t you know, on October 17, 2009, I stood right next to that boy, and promised to love him forever. In front of God, our most beloved family and friends, we vowed to be man and wife, to love one another through every up and down life may throw our way. He is the reason I believe in magic.
There was no telling what our future as a married couple would look like – but after eight years, we’ve been through quite a bit together that we may have never predicted. There have been hard times and amazing times and hilarious times and heartbreaking times and magical moments that we’ve frozen in our memory. Everything we have experienced – the good, the bad, and the ugly – has only made us stronger.
My feelings for Brandon have changed quite a bit since that first time I laid eyes on him. There are so many moments that I could mention where I realized I was starting to feel different, but the most significant, one of the most memorable, happened on the day that Annabelle was born. I knew how much he hated to be in a hospital, around needles and blood, but he never left my side for 16 long hours. And then… when Annabelle entered this world, my heart exploded.
Watching my husband become a father is one of the best days in our marriage. I instantly developed a different kind of love for the man holding our tiny daughter. The way he looked into her newborn eyes and silently promised to protect and worship her. There are no words to express my emotions.
After Ailey was born, I watched him stand in the middle of our hospital room with both of our girls and I fell in love with him all over again… and while I watch him slow dance with Annabelle in the center of the living room or listen to him sing softly to Ailey in the middle of the night, I fall again and again. It’s truly incredible to be able to feel so much so passionately.
I don’t know how to say this without sounding cheesy, but he is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. In the midst of my darkest hours, he’s stood by my side waiting for the storm to pass. Our marriage isn’t perfect but our love… its stronger than you could ever believe. I’m lucky to have found him… even luckier that he’s mine.
Happy 8th Anniversary <3
Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.