He said, (among other things), "I want you to know that I will always be there for you, through the peaks and valleys, and will never let you down. I will very much enjoy growing old with you..."
Ten years later, I have a whole box of cards and letters Jim has made for me over the years, but that letter he left on our wedding day is still my favorite.
I've had many "schemes" in our 10 years. The newest is the obsession with decorating and organizing the house. We had this email exchange yesterday...
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 10:37:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: artHey Gorgeous,
Living Social has a deal - $70 worth of stuff on art.com <http://art.com> for $35. (deal is running for the next 7 days only). We need to figure out what we're doing!! (NO PRESSURE)
Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: art
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 10:49:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: artHa! If you wanted to hang THIS on our wall, we wouldn't make it to 11 years of happily married bliss. It IS bliss, right?!
I smiled when I read his answer - "Exquisite Bliss". In ten years, there's been arguments, stress, and difficult situations. There has been funerals, tears, ended friendships, and financial struggles. But, there has also been so much love, joy, and as evidenced by these emails... laughter.
It HAS been exquisite, Jim! I'm enjoying growing old with you. (We're not old yet, despite what our weak eyes and aching backs say).
ILYBT (I Love You Big Time),