The perfect date.

My hair was in a messy ponytail and makeup mostly sweated off. We were both in our running clothes still from our jaunt through the South Tyler trails earlier that evening. We were at home with the sounds of girls chatting and giggling in their bedroom. And we had the best date ever.

To celebrate our 8 year anniversary, we cooked and enjoyed a quiet dinner together right at home. Since we just went out on New Year’s Eve, we decided this sounded very appealing. After enjoying some quality time with our precious daughters, we put them to bed at their normal 8:00 bedtime. Poured a glass of wine, put on some relaxing tunes and started cooking one of our favorite meals: spinach & pork pot stickers with veggie fried rice. Delish. We cooked away, talking, and even stopping for a little slow dance while the smell of ginger filled the room. Gosh, I love my man.

We sat down to eat at our candlelit pub table decorated with the beautiful flowers Ryan bought me (& the girls) earlier that day. As we prayed together, tears filled my eyes and my heart was overflowing. Ryan gave me a card that he made and wrote. His creativity and way with words always astounds me. I absolutely adore his cards and his thoughtfulness. We enjoyed our tasty meal while talking about the past 8 years and our goals for our future. It was special.

The perfect date, if you ask me. I could not ask for a better person to share this life with. I love you, Ryan! More and more with every year that passes.