Three years isn’t really a long time, relatively speaking.  Since I’m nearly 33 years old, that’s only 1/11 of my life so far, and yet some of the biggest changes in my life have happened since October 13, 2007.  On this day three years ago, Danielle and I stood in front of family and friends on a beautiful fall day in a church in Shawville, Quebec and declared our love for one another by exchanging rings and committing our live to one another.  To this day, I maintain that asking Danielle to marry me is the best decision I’ve ever made in my life, and I’ve made some pretty good decisions.

Hand in Hand

Three years; hand in hand

Since that day, we’ve traveled extensively (Hawaii, Spain and Germany, with countless trips to Montreal and the Ottawa Valley), we’ve been camping with friends and on our own and we’ve had a lot of laughs together.  We’ve bought our dream house and adopted an awesome dog, all things that Danielle had to convince me of at the time and all things that I was supremely glad she did.

In our more humdrum moments, we’ve made meals and cleaned the house together, cuddled while we watch TV and hung out in our backyard or on the front porch of the cottage, and even though I knew I never would, it’s reassuring that I haven’t gotten sick of spending time with her and I hope the feeling is mutual.  About once a year, I lose her to a conference and that’s the hardest week of my year.  I miss having her around all the time, giving me advice and sharing her challenges and hopes.

In the past three years, I’ve learned that our differences in perspective and personality only serve to make us stronger as a couple and that we can continue to challenge one another to be better spouses and people with each day we spend together.  If anything, I’m surprised that we’ve only been married for three years and known each other for just over four because it’s felt like a lifetime (in the good way; only in the good way).

Porch photo of Dave and Danielle

Each year on our anniversary, I’m reminded of the immense support we received from family and friends when we got married.  Although we’d only known each other for eight months when I proposed, it was as evident to everyone as it was to me how perfectly matched we were.  That our wedding was such a great celebration is a testament to that support, and I would like to thank you all for getting our marriage off to such a great start.

That day passed by so quickly, much of it is a blur, but specific moments still do (and always will) stand out in my mind.  Like the moment Danielle first appeared in the aisle of the church in her gorgeous wedding gown with a huge grin on her face, or how comforting it was when I took her hand and it was trembling with nerves like mine was.  I’ll never forget how excited she was to cut our cake and to mash it into my face (I think there’s still icing in my beard today) and how much fun we had on the busiest day of our lives.  I vividly remember (and it comes back to me often) when we were done signing our wedding register and were waiting for our witnesses to sign, she gave my hand a quick squeeze and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek.

It’s comforting to know that after three years, Danielle still gets a big grin on her face when she sees me across a room, and would still love any excuse to mash cake into my face.  It just confirms what I’ve always known; I married the perfect girl for me.

So on our third anniversary, I’m thankful for the time we’ve already had together and I look forward to many years celebrating the best decision of my life, the best day of my life and the event that changed my life forever, and for the better.  I have the best wife in the world, and if you’ve spent any time with me, you know that I don’t just say that once a year.  I couldn’t be more proud of Danielle, our marriage or what we’ve accomplished as a couple.

Danielle, I love you more each day and with each passing year I grow more excited for what our future together has in store for us.  Happy anniversary, mon bijou.  X

4 Responses to “The Greatest Day of my Life”
  1. Big congrats on your anniversary!

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  3. Auntie Nicole says:

    Dear Danielle & Dave,

    Three years ago I was privileged to witness a magical moment. A sunny and wonderful fall day my best friend Linda’s daughter Danielle marred her soulmate.

    I will always remember the yellow school bus ride in Shawbridge and the parade that followed us!

    The drivers figured we were in the direction of… the reception! To their surprise we were sightseeing! Every passengers was roaring in laughter!

    Danielle & Dave, I am so grateful to be part of your life, even at a distance.

    Congratulations on growing older and wiser together.

    My love and best wishes on your 3rd wedding anniversary.

    Auntie Nicole xxx

  4. Ralph Thompson says:

    great post thanks

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