Today marks our sixth anniversary! Six years ago we said, “I do” in a beautiful old church in Southern California. A lot has changed in that time, but our love has only grown deeper with the years. Six years ago Melissa was a nanny to three different families (including a zany toddler, a preschooler, and several elementary-aged children), and Esteban was still a graduate student at Northwestern. We lived in Chicago in a one bedroom apartment with an ancient cat (she was a good old gal!) and walked everywhere since we didn’t need a car. Now we live in Miami in a wonderful house (and a car!) and have two vibrant young cats. Best of all, we now both have jobs that we love and do well at. We still make each other laugh every day, and really deeply care about each other. We say “I love you” (and “te amo”) every morning when we have coffee together, and every night before falling asleep. Those precious words should never be held inside, and they certainly come easily when your spouse is your best friend.
To mark our anniversary this year, we planted a gumbo limbo tree in our yard. These gorgeous, red-barked trees are native to Florida and are adapted to survive hurricanes! We look forward to watching it grow and mature over the years, and trust that it will weather the storms of life, like our marriage. We’ve been praying that this is the year we become parents, and so maybe our special tree will also be as old as our future child. If not, we can plant another tree next year 🙂