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December 22:Compounding Joy

It is now December 22. We are a mere 3 days away from Christmas. If you’ve read any of my recent blogs you’ll know that I consider myself a Christmas elf. Not in any weird way…but I love Christmas more than the average person. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The joy that exists at Christmastime is unlike anything else and yet, I get the joy of compounding joy. Today is December 22 and that’s my anniversary. That marks 10 years that I’ve been married to Tiffany. Our anniversary doesn’t get lost in the Christmas shuffle like many have asked me about before. Rather, the coming of this season only excites me more because the lights, Christmas carols, and holiday transitions build the excitement for both Christmas and for my anniversary. Every year I get to combine my celebration of Christmas with my celebration of my love of and life with my wife.

10 years. That seems like such a long time when you say it but it doesn’t feel like that at all. I don’t feel 34. I don’t feel old enough for any of this. Yet here I am. Married to Tiffany for 10 years with 2 kiddos, 2 dogs, and all the stuff in between. You want to know what’s gone on in 10 years:

6 jobs

4 careers

3 sure things that fell through

1 layoff

3 masters degrees

1 bachelors degree

Countless hours studying

1 apartment

3 houses

2 Kids

A million diapers

2 dogs

4 losing seasons

1 Home team World Series

1 Alma matter national championship

4 grandparent funerals

40 pounds gained

70 pounds lost

1 hip surgery

4 wisdom teeth

1 night in the ER

6 strep throats (low estimate)

2 flu

3 car wrecks

1 Friends Trivia Champion

Heartbreak

Laughter

Hula Hut

Chic Fil A

Late nights

Early mornings

Calls from a hotel room

Movies

Friends

How I Met Your Mother

Big Bang Theory

Stupid sci-fi tv shows

Captain America

Depression and anxiety

Weddings

Dances

Countless songs

Writing it down it seems like a lifetime and yet that’s neither everything that has happened nor everything I hope to add one day. I could never have asked for someone better to walk with me, comfort me, care for me, share in my joys, and bring me laughter the way my wife has. She has been the reason that I’ve succeeded and the cushion in my failure. She’s been with me in the lowest, taken more than her fair share, and never moved an inch. She is as fiercely protective as she is loving.

It simultaneously feels like it’s been no time at all and yet a lifetime. Here’s to another 10 and so many more. Happy anniversary Tiffany. There’s just not a way to put words together to express everything in my heart when I think about you and our time together.

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