marriage

June 24, 2017
Happy 37, Tim

If ever I need to find you, I open the back door and call your name. You were made for the wild. If we moved to farm country and you were tasked with tilling the ground, tending the animals, and building our own log cabin, you'd be more than able to do it. You would […]

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January 7, 2017
Fifteen and Forever

Besides when I roll out of bed in the morning and stretch my aching back, I mostly feel like a twenty-two-year-old. I am surprised when I catch a glimpse of my face in the mirror and see creases around my eyes and cheeks. Wasn't it just yesterday that Tim picked the seat next to mine in Algebra? I still […]

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October 3, 2016
my own little zuo yuezi

Last night at 8pm, I was laying on our bed, between the white sheets - nursing the baby. Tim had just said evening prayers and tucked in the three older girls. "Check on me in three minutes," they chirped down the hall to him. "I will," he answered. A few moments later, I heard the tnk-tnk […]

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June 22, 2016
Dear Tim, 36 years old

Dear Tim, When you slipped a ring on my finger fourteen and a half years ago, I had no hesitation. None. "'Til death due us part" seemed much too short even then. You have only gotten better with age - smarter, funnier, wiser, and more successful. A man of projects, you have the very unique […]

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June 22, 2015
35 reasons

Nineteen years ago, we were standing in my parent's kitchen - pink tile and dirty dishes. The house was empty and you leaned over to take a kiss from my lips. My first kiss. A few days later, I told my parents, "I'm dating Tim Sheaffer." Matter-of-fact. I don't remember there being a big discussion. […]

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June 22, 2014
If I could make a living out of loving you, I'd be a millionaire in a week or two

Dear Tim, I just realized we've been together longer than we've been apart. I was sixteen when you surveyed that Algebra classroom and chose the seat next to mine. How could I have known that a blonde-haired boy would forever change the course of my life? But then again, you have always been full of […]

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