It is the start of another year. Can you believe it? In my home the start of the new year is another opportunity to celebrate. It was 21 years ago this week that I married my best friend. It seems like only yesterday and it also seems like forever ago all at the same time.

In today’s post I would like to share three things that I am thankful for in my bride.

1. She is the best friend I have ever known.

I don’t say this lightly. I am not sure I really knew what friendship was before we met. Yes. I had friends. Good ones even. None like her though. For two decades plus now she has walked with me through highs and lows. She has carried me when I didn’t think I could make it. She has laughed with me and cried with me too. Through every moment of every day she has been an amazing and consistent friend. I am so thankful for her.

2. She is so creative.

Before we got married I was not organized. I had no decorating skills. I lived in a bland apartment that was devoid of life. I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Then, like a warm breeze on a bright spring day, she blew into my life and suddenly there was beauty and order all around me. Somehow she has turned every place we ever lived, and some were not so awesome, into cozy places of restoration. I marvel at her creativity. I am sitting next to her now typing as she draws and creates. We are sitting in our dining room. It is cozy and beautiful as is the house she has made our home. Her creativity is on full display and I love ever minute of it.

3. She is one of the smartest people I know.

She is always learning. She is always reading. She is always pushing her mind to grow. I love this about her. She will tell you herself that school was never her favorite, though she did just fine. It was boring as they didn’t teach things that were interesting or in a way to make them interesting. Just because she didn’t enjoy it says nothing about her mind. I love deep conversation with my best friend. She pushes me. She teaches me…especially in history. (She loves it!) I love this about her.

Not a day goes by that I don’t swell with thankfulness that I get to spend my life with this amazing woman. She is my best friend and I love her so much.

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