To say that life this year has become indescribably crazy lately would be an understatement. So far this year, we have already had 9 weddings, 10 engagement sessions, 12 consultations (who have become amazing #cooneycouples), a trip to another country, and a visit from one of your college roommates. Oh yeah. And we got married. In the middle of all of it.
Sometimes we wonder where the heck this year has gone. But the real question I ask myself is- how the heck are we still breathing?!
And then I think of your laugh.
The laugh that contagiously causes other to laugh. The laugh that fills a room and instantaneously brings happiness onto others’ faces. In the days before our wedding, as we were surrounded by all of our family and friends, I will never forget when you laughed your big Jordon laugh and Leah said, “I missed that laugh.” And everyone around instantly smiled. In fact, whenever we are in a room full of people and you find something insanely funny, one of my favorite things to do is to look around at everyone and watch their faces light up. All because you laughed.
And I think of your heart.
Your incredibly kind heart that listens to mine when I feel tired, sad, or incapable of doing things. And I think of how you encourage me to accomplish the things that I don’t think that I can do.
Remember that time last summer when I broke down crying in your car because we were so busy? And how you filled me with hope and encouragement by talking to me?
And then I remember exactly how we have created the legacy that we have. How we continue to push forward for our #cooneycouples. How we continue to push for our future together.
Because at the end of the day, you truly are my better half.
I know some people will think that all of this is cheesy, but 1. you know how much I love cheese ????, and 2. you know how much I don’t care about what people think. But as much as I would love to pretend that I am perfect, I’m not. I can be particular, moody, short tempered, and goodness gracious I am Type-A to a fault. But thankfully, theres you.
You are kind, slow to anger, a fantastic listener, easy going, hilarious, strong willed, smart, handsome, and flexible, and I will forever be grateful to call you my best friend, husband, future father, and business partner.
As I totally dropped the ball on planning a spectacular birthday for you (and its our first one married! ????) I hope that you know just how loved and appreciated you are by those around you. I hope that you see the light that you bring into all of our lives, and how truly incredible of a person you are.
Thank you for taking care of us. For protecting my heart. For loving me as much as you do. I promise every day I will try to be a better person than I was the day before for you. As this year flies by us, I hope that we can continue to take some moments to stop and take it all in. To appreciate the little things. To admire this journey that we are on. To be honest, it doesn’t matter where we are going, as long as I get to go there with you.
All my love,
Shauna Lynne Cooney