16 years today. I love looking back at my old (no digital photos back in my day) wedding photos. It really was a fairy tale day and as evidenced by the reception pictures, my parents know how to throw a crazy-fun party. ❤️ I had recently turned 23 when I got married. I met my husband when I was 15 (I threw in an old-school photo of us with one of my besties @msyang; we were all a part of the HS Mock Trial team, and we ended up winning the national title #booyah) as well as the movie ticket Dave just happened to save from our first date (we did end up splitting amicably in HS but were later reunited). “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” always the romantic. ❤️ I was a young newlywed and an idealist, so I couldn’t have imagined how hard marriage could be - the money worries in the early days, mourning the babies we never got to hold, worrying about sick parents, the diverging faith journeys and how hard it was (is) for me to trust God and love with my actions and not just my words (as our wedding Homily reminds us; I was gifted with a copy of it and re-read it today), and then this year losing our beloved Pop, my husband’s father who would have been 68 on Monday. Instead of celebrating with him as we’ve always done, I made lemon cookies (his fave) and we went around and shared memories of him. I cried when it was my turn, and Dave hugged me. We’ve held each other and cried and sometimes laughed through the tears a lot since we lost Pop in February to a sudden and unexpected heart attack. ❤️ Our wedding Homily explores some of the questions Jesus asks, including “Who do you say that I am?” Thinking of these 16 years together, I can say that Dave is my best friend, an amazing dad & provider, the person who makes me laugh like no other. He is the one who makes me feel beautiful. He says, “I do” over and over. I do love you even when you’re acting like a total psycho and on a cleaning rampage. I do love you and need you when I’m sad and miss my dad and everyone I’ve ever lost. I do love you even though you know I can’t stand public proclamations of love on social media. #sorry #notsorry Happy anniversary, my love! I would choose you over and over again.