On August 1st, 2009, I married Miranda Jane Perez in San Francisco, CA. It was a brilliant decision on my end and a graceful one of her’s! She has made me a better person in every way and I am sure she may be the only one in the world who could put up with my antics. I am so grateful for her, for our relationship, and for these last two years.

In our vows we said, “until death do us part.” It is amazing to think that we’ve only begun that journey. If the Lord wills that we live to be old we may repeat this trip many, many more times. As I observe how our relationship has evolved in two years I wonder what it will be like in twenty years, or forty years, or more! We are best friends now and I can’t imagine life without her. What will it be like to have decades of history together? All those memories, victories, defeats, trips and travel, and maybe even children? I look forward to the adventure ahead.

What do I know about marriage after two years? Very little. I am no expert. Some days I think I’m a good husband, other days I think I am mediocre, other days I think I am terrible. But I do know that the moments that solidify my commitment to my wife are those times when we laugh together. It is usually about an inside joke or something only we share. It is code for “you make me happy and these are the times when you do that in a way only you can”.

After two years I realize my wife is more beautiful than a realized, more intelligent, more dedicated, more motivated, more talented, stronger, and more loyal than I understood when I said “I do”. And that is part of that promise: We commit to someone we have yet to really discover. It is the discovery of the other than makes marriage so much fun (and challenging)!

Miranda, I love you! Thank you for marrying me two years ago and for being part of the best time of my life. I anticipate many, many, many more years together. There is no one else who knows me like you do. You are my best friend, lover, confidant, and the one who makes me smile. You’re amazing. You’re funny. You’re beautiful.

Happy Second Anniversary!