It will be 10 years this year that I first met Daniel. I was 18 years old and I have said it always but from the first moment I met him there was something about him that completely intrigued me.
Things have always moved quite fast and our relationship has always been intense. I love him so much and he came into my life when I needed him most. At the time I felt like I had no one else and I had been going through a lot so he scooped me up and loved me like crazy and showed me a world I had never known. He has taught me so much, he has shown me what real love is and how a man should treat his woman and he has always loved me so much more then I ever thought anyone could love me.
We both share the same goals in life and we really are a strong team. He picks me up when I need it and I like to think I do that for him too. I know he is my husband and you may consider me bias but he really is the most amazing man. Considering I met him when he was 21. He was so young and I have watched him grow into a man, as cliche as it sounds it has been a privilege to watch the person I love the most grow into such an amazing man. He has become every inch of the man I have always dreamed of having by my side. Completely supportive and loving. He is the greatest father to our children and every single day in everything he does he makes me so proud. I couldn’t ask for a better man to share my life with and to share this parenting journey with.
Its funny, looking back over our life together I cannot believe how far we have come how much we really have grown up together. We have three amazing children together, and thats really special and something we are both so very proud of. Our children mean everything to us and they have completed out little unit. Each of them adding a little bit of their own magic to our team.
Now that we have Arthur and he is only a few weeks old we have had to lean on each other even more. We have had to juggle all of the parenting tasks, cooking, cleaning, comforting the baby. Daniel has been the most amazing team player and taken over everything while I have established breastfeeding Arthur (which takes up a lot of time at the beginning). If I look back at when we first brought Sophia home and how much more relaxed as parents we are now compared to then, I can see that there has been so much that we have learned together in that time. Parenting is the biggest ‘life’ teacher there is. I now that I feel so much more relaxed in my role as a parent and so much more confident.
Although our time together as a couple is less right now the love in our family has grown so much, and thats really special. I know that when we do get some time alone, usually in the evenings when all the children are asleep those times are really special to us. Just to be able to sit next to him on the sofa, in quiet and enjoy him being home with me. Sometimes I grab his hand and squeeze it tight into mine. There are times when it feels like we have only just met and I still get butterflies. And actually I crave those moments, on the sofa while the kids sleep. Its so important to have that one on one time with each other to make an effort to talk. To keep making plans for our future together to keep loving each other and working on building our lives together because that is an ongoing process. I know that every single day I would choose to be with him, we choose each other everyday because we want to and we love each other endlessly.
Parenting is hard sometimes and having a team member to give you a hug or remind you what a fantastic job you are doing, or to pat you on the back, to take over dinner one evening or hold the crying baby means the world.
Its in those small moments of support from my husband that I value him most. When he shows me he cares about me too and helping out. I really couldn’t parent our three children without him, he makes that much easier and he makes it fun, he is always making us laugh and that always lightens the mood. Which is one thing that I love about him most. He is my team member and he gives me the space and support to keep doing my best job.
I love Daniel for all these things and more, and mainly for showing me the true meaning of a good, loving hardworking man. I could never have found a better man more perfect for me and everyday I am so grateful to have him and to know that what we have created together, our life, our children he wants just as much as I do. We are both lucky enough to be living the life we have always dreamed and growing our own beautiful family. Now that we are parents to three children, everything has grown, our time together, our love, our happiness, all good things and I look forward to the next ten years of our life together, the five of us.