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The First Day of My Life

by Deborah Cruz

What do you say to the man who has given you everything? Tuesday, the Big Guy and I celebrated 13 years of marriage. I don’t even remember my life before he came into it. He is truly everything, I never knew, I always wanted. Laugh if you will but he does complete me.

I was not a whole person before I met him. He saved my life.

I grew up with a very difficult childhood. It was rough and there was a lot that I missed out on and even more than I didn’t even know existed. I never knew what unconditional love between a man and woman looked like. Before him, everything was about control. Somebody had and someone else didn’t.

With him, I learned that giving all of myself means to get everything in return.

I grew into who I was supposed to be when I met him. He accepted me and loved me for everything I was and everything I will never be.

He gave me the courage to go after my dreams. The love and support to know I could do anything. He gave me my greatest gift of all, my girls.

When I am down he lifts me up. When I need space to feel my feelings he does it even if he wants to fix it for me.

My life began the day I met him. In my darkest moments, he has been my rock. He has loved me through the good, the bad, and the ugly; the easy and the hard times. He’s loved me when I was at my best and loved me even harder when I was at my worst. When I am too weary to carry on, he picks me up and carries me.

Baby, I love you beyond reason and borders. Words cannot do justice to the depth of my love for you. It is immeasurable.

Thank you for so much but especially thank you for helping me to survive the past month. I know you are in pain too but you put me first and that is just the type of man you are.

I am so blessed in so many ways, even when life crashes down around us. I know that it will be all right because you will be there to take my hand and lift me up.

I will love you forever and for always, for all that you are and all that you do and most of all for all the unconditional love that you give me. The day that I met you was truly the first day of my life. Everything before that is a blur.

Thank you for loving me when I’ve felt my most unlovable. Thank you for teaching me what it means to truly be loved and to love completely. I am so blessed to share this journey of life with you. XOXO


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Kate 2012/05/17 - 2:32 pm

Beautiful! Congrats to the two of you and happy anniversary!

Coffee Lovin' Mom 2012/05/17 - 5:27 pm

Well Happy Anniversary! 13 years and still knowing he is your solace – priceless. The photos are telling of your happiness.

Kate Beck 2012/05/17 - 6:23 pm

Happy Belated Anniversary!! Wow, I hope Jeff and I will be so lucky as to have 2 beautiful kids and a loving marriage forever 🙂 We’re lucky to have you wonderful people as our examples! Your posts make me cry, by the way…in a good way! Love you.

KalleyC 2012/05/18 - 8:33 am

Wow, how beautiful! Happy Anniversary! 13 years is a long time for most, but for a couple who is in love, it seems like it was just yesterday you were walking down the isle. I hope you both enjoyed your very special day.

Cindi 2012/05/18 - 9:07 am

Happy Anniversary!

Kimmy Morse 2012/05/23 - 9:50 am

You really have an awesome family. You have a loving husband and healthy kids. Happy Anniversary…..

Allie 2012/05/18 - 7:29 pm


What a beautiful way to say I love you to a very special man!

happy Anniversary.


Danny Will 2012/05/20 - 1:06 am

Enjoy the happy life with your nice husband and your two cute girls. They are the best strength of your life.

Laura 2012/05/22 - 5:20 am

Words cannot do justice to the depth of my love for you..It is measurable..Thanks for sharing..

Kristy Hans 2012/05/23 - 9:36 am

Bright Eyes: First Day of My Life is absolutely fantastic movie. You really have a wonderful and awesome family. The photos are really beautiful. Your have perfect family members that love each other.

Kristy Hans 2012/05/23 - 9:39 am

You really have a wonderful family. I am happy for your awesome and fantastic family. The photos are really beautiful. Thanks for the share.

Kristy Hans 2012/05/23 - 9:41 am

You really have an awesome family. Wish you and your family have plenty happiness.

Steve D. Smith 2012/05/27 - 8:11 am

Happy Anniversary! You deserved each other, hope you live a happy and prosperous life as time goes on.

Judith Andrews 2012/05/28 - 6:15 am

I am really humbled after reading this article. With no doubt, true love exists. Your husband is a very special man indeed. Happy anniversary!

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