I Know What Love Is

by Stefani on 1-August-2007


We didn’t know, we couldn’t have, what we were getting into 10 years ago, today.

My stomach was in knots on the morning of our wedding. I didn’t think I could do it, being the center of attention like that, all fluffed and frosty white. He called me and said this, “After this, we go to Maui. Just us. Think of that, and you will be fine. WE. Will be fine.” He has been my calming voice ever since.

People told us that marriage was hard. We didn’t know what that meant. We didn’t know what it would mean to make all our decisions together, from where to spend the holidays to what to name a child. Our child. And then another. And then one more.

We didn’t know the ache that comes when you see no way at all to move forward. We didn’t know the joy that comes from finally finding that way, and finally knowing each other. For real.

We didn’t know what the culmination of 10 years, (all those days!), would bring. But I know now. I know what love is.

Love is made of the little grey bits that pepper his hair now, that boy that trembled when he got down on one knee. Could it really have been that long ago? Love is the way he always puts toothpaste on my toothbrush for me at night, and keeps my gas tank full. Love belongs to the arms that cradle my sleeping son. Love is a man that knows me at my best, and at my very worst and is here still, after all this time. Love is the hand that holds mine.

Happy Anniversary, Honey. I love you.

Molly August 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm

You two are SO. DANG. CUTE. Happy Anniversary! To think I was having my first legal drink on your wedding day. Congratulations 🙂

Sarah Jackson August 1, 2007 at 10:58 pm

Happy Anniversary! What an adorable wedding photo. Congratulations to both of you on 10 happy years.

Holly C. August 2, 2007 at 4:04 am

You make a beautiful couple. Congrats!

amy August 2, 2007 at 4:58 am

So sweet. Congratulations.

Tracy Harris August 2, 2007 at 5:18 am

Wow, that made me misty-eyed! Congratulations.

Ellie August 2, 2007 at 5:40 am

What a happy photo – those there are the smiles of true love. Congratulations! Toothpaste on your brush – thats so sweet. I hope you are having a wonderful day together.

kirsten August 2, 2007 at 5:51 am

marriage rocks. congratulations.

erin August 2, 2007 at 6:16 am

10 years is a great accomplishment! congrats, you guys! you are so cute!

Stacy August 2, 2007 at 6:30 am

How heartfelt! And that photo…so sweet. Happy anniversary.

mountain mama August 2, 2007 at 7:21 am

*sniff sniff* That was a sweet post! Happy Anniversary and may you have many more to share together. Enjoy the day!

Tips Of All Sorts August 2, 2007 at 7:26 am

Happy Anniversary! You and I have the same wedding date! 🙂

estea August 2, 2007 at 8:50 am


this year (september) will be our 11th. tell me, where does a decade go?

all i can say is we were green, very green. we had NO IDEA what it meant to really love.

it’s good to discover along the way, yes?

S. August 2, 2007 at 9:13 am

congratulations you both!!! what you wrote is just beautiful!

Mimi Goodwin August 2, 2007 at 9:38 am

aaawwww, how sweet.

Heather August 2, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Congratulations!!!! I love what you said about the “ache” when you see no way forward and the “joy” when you do move forward and as a result know each other even better. That is one of the secrets that few ever put into words…

Leigh-Ann August 2, 2007 at 12:34 pm

you are so amazing with words… i’m misting little love tears.
congratulations on 10 years!! may you have many many maaaaany more!!
Love Leigh-Ann

leslie August 3, 2007 at 10:39 pm

i had to ask my husband how many years we have been together, he said one million then “eleven”… i admit this because i don’t give it any thought… i just know we will be together forever with zero effort… maybe thats a weird way to look at it but i just know we are meant to be!

dana August 5, 2007 at 6:58 am

You are a beautiful writer. I only wish I could express my love for my husband as well as you just did for yours.

dana August 5, 2007 at 6:58 am

You are a beautiful writer. I only wish I could express my love for my husband as well as you just did for yours.

beki August 7, 2007 at 7:39 am

Happy Anniversary! I’ll be celebrating my 10th this October. I have no idea where the time goes!

melissa August 7, 2007 at 6:03 pm

oh, this is such a beautiful post.

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