Yesterday we celebrated our 8th anniversary. It was an especially special one for many reasons, but mostly because it's been a year of many highs and lows. Brian, in particular, has lived out his wedding vows in the most gritty, real and beautiful ways he ever has ever had to (I tear up thinking of him gently helping me shower and dress when I couldn't move my leg or stand up by myself). He cared for me and our family during those last days of pregnancy and early days after Magnolia was born with grace, selflessness and a well-needed dose of good humor. I'm so thankful to be able to spend life with a man who leads, protects and cares for his family in the Christ-like way he does and always has. I will never take for granted how he daily demonstrates Christ's covenant love to me.