My dearest Prince Charlie,
Eight years ago I was waiting with great excitement (and a little nervousness) to start a new chapter of my life with you. There was no way to know what the future would hold for us, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t want to be on this journey with anyone else.
On that same day, our nearest and dearest wished us a love that would grow stronger and deeper with time. I thought they were mistaken because I could not imagine loving you anymore than I did on our wedding day, but my love for you really is growing stronger and deeper every single day.
I love laughing with you about silly jokes and crazy moments.
I love the look in your eyes when you tell me how beautiful you think I am.
I love how your chest expands with pride when I accomplish my goals.
I love how you teach me to love others genuinely and live authentically.
I love how we are getting to know Jesus better and learning more about his glorious love and amazing grace.
I love how we can dream of adventures together and make those dreams a reality.
I love how we can give each other space to be our own individuals with separate passions and goals but then come together stronger and more in love.
I love how we can cry together and hold each other during devastating loss and disappointment. I love how we are learning to share our deepest sadness with honesty and embrace each other with grace.
I love how we can keep praying and pick ourselves up when our plans are not God’s plans.
I love how you are the answer to all the prayers I prayed when I imagined my soul mate. I love how you tick all the boxes on the list I made when I was a naive 17-year-old girl.
I love how we can use our talents together to honour and serve our Heavenly Father. And I love how we can dream of new and refreshing ways to bring others closer to Him.
In some ways, the last eight years look nothing like what we had planned for our future, but in other ways, it far surpasses what we could have imagined is possible.
Thank you for celebrating the fantastic blessings with me and for carrying me through some of my darkest hours. Thank you for nursing me back to health, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you for teaching me not to sweat the small stuff and to take time out to reset.
I am very excited to celebrate this special gift of a marriage with you and I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for the next 80 years.
Happy Anniversary, my love.
Ich liebe dich mit ganzem Herzen und Seele, meine Schatz!