I have decided to push this weeks Michelle's Friday Favorite to next Friday because today is my mans birthday. So instead of my normal Friday post I wanted to do one dedicated to him and how much he inspires me.
Austin and I were married on March 19th 2011. We met in high school and dated about a year after he returned from serving an LDS mission to Taiwan.
When I realized that I loved him it literally hit me like a ton a bricks. Like it actually knocked me over physically.
We were just talking one night in my bedroom and he had gathered the courage to tell me he loved me. Instead of returning the sentiment I told him that I wasn't sure yet and I didn't want to say anything I didn't mean.....um yeah, what was I thinking?! And what a jerk was I?! I was only 20 ok, don't judge me. Amazingly, he simply took it in stride and basically said he would wait. Lucky for him he didn't have to wait long.
We decided to head downstairs for some reason I don't recall and I told him I needed to grab something and I would meet hime downstairs. In reality, I was totally freaking out. I went into my way awesome walk in closet and shut the door. My knees collapsed out from under me and I started asking God if this was what love felt like. In all honesty, I was absolutely terrified. We wanted to be together all the time and he was the first person that I wanted/could to talk about anything with. He was my best friend and I was his and I was loosing it. It took about 3 minutes but eventually I had absolutely no doubt. I loved him.
Fast forward 5 years and here we are. We have grown together and we have an amazing little girl. He cooks so I don't have to live off of Macaroni and Cheese and chocolate milk, although I gladly would. Mayli loves him so so much and he is seriously the best daddy. He is constantly supporting me and somehow always know exactly the right thing to say when I am struggling with something. He listens and he has taught me more then I can put on this post. He is currently serving in the US Army and is an incredible leader. Everywhere he goes people look up to him and follow him. I am constantly in awe of him. The best part is, somehow, we love each other a 1000 times more then we did that day in my house and the lives we have built together are more then I could have ever dreamed of.
Happy 27th birthday babe, you really are my better half in so many ways. I love you.