My wife Jessica and our daughter, circa 2008

Disclaimer: I suck at writing about feelings and relationship stuff. You’ve been warned.

It’s true when they say that time flies when you’re having fun, because it’s hard to believe Jess and I have been together for 16 years as of today.

Well, technically our sixteenth anniversary is in 2031. However, February 5th, 2004 is the day my wife and I started dating officially.

We’ve had our share of ups and downs in our relationship. We’re both stubborn as hell which makes our arguments much more intense when we do fight.

But on the flip side, being stubborn also means that no matter what we go through, we’d rather fix what’s wrong rather than throw in the towel like so many couples do anymore.

I’ve always poked fun at those couples that say they married their best friend in the past, but maybe it’s a sign that I’ve grown up a little because I say that now as well without hesitation.

There’s not another person in the world that I would rather be with then Jess. No other person that I can love as much as I love her. No other person I trust as much as I trust her. No other person as beautiful as she is, both inside and out.

No other person that frustrates the hell out of me at times, and I know I frustrate the hell out of her as well. But that’s what makes our relationship work and why we’ve lasted sixteen years so far.

After all these years together and all that we’ve been through, I can’t imagine my life without her and I’m incredibly thankful that she’s still by my side, through thick and thin, sickness and in health.

Jess, I hope you know how much I love you and the family that we have together. Thank you for taking a chance on me and putting up with my flaws.