Celebrating Two Years with Andrew
I can’t believe that as I write this, Andy and I are getting ready to celebrate two years of dating. That number seems so small compared to the number of memories we’ve created and the years that lie ahead of us. We’ve filled the past two years with love, laughter, friendship, and growth, to the point that it doesn’t seem possible that we’ve only been in each other’s lives for two years. During this time, we’ve taken numerous vacations and getaways, survived a kitchen remodel and our first six months of truly living together, sold one house, grown KLEM Studios into a studio space, launched a second business, changed job roles, gotten ENGAGED and started planning our own wedding!
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget where we came from and the feelings we felt in the beginning. I remember being so blown away that I had found someone that checked off all the items (and more) on my so-called “Ideal Partner” checklist, down to the smallest of details. I was hesitant to admit the feelings I was feeling, especially given how quickly I was feeling them. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, because it couldn’t be this easy, it was all too good to be true. On the days that I drive Andy especially crazy, I find myself still wondering why the heck this wonderful human being chooses to spend his life with me. But then I remember that we’re part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
Our story started long ago, almost fourteen years ago. We walked the same high school halls, attended the same sporting events and dances, and our friendship circles intersected. But we couldn’t have been two more different people. He was a dreamy three-sport athlete who was equally intelligent and kind. I was a choir nerd with my nose in a book, and never played an organized sport in my life. If you had told me back then that Andy was my future husband, I would have laughed and not given it another thought because there was no way that two people like us would have ended up together. However, a plan was set into motion all those many years ago, one that would bring us back around to one another at the exact time that our love story was supposed to start. There’s a reason that we’re together, and I believe there’s magic in our story. It’s a testament to waiting for the right relationship and knowing our own worth and what we deserve in life.
I am so freaking grateful for this incredible soul and how he has changed my life. Andy, you have shown me patience, love, vulnerability, and support beyond my wildest dreams. You have a humble heart, an infectious laugh, and the warmest arms to fall into at the end of a long day. You are my equal, and my better, and you inspire me to be better and to do more, for myself as well as for you and those around us. You believe in me, and your encouragement and love has been so instrumental to our successes. Life is so much better with you in it. From climbing mountain tops, to trying (and brewing) new beers, to soaking up some rays while we cast a line out, to snuggling our fur babies on a lazy weekend morning, I know we’ve created our best life and it’s only going to get better from here. I love you to the mountains and back, Andrew James, and you are my greatest adventure. Cheers to you and the years ahead.