Folded closely on the couch, an early morning softness weighs them down. Pajamas and blankets wrinkle Dora against Thomas the Train.
Her ear drifts towards her brother’s shoulder and he bends his head the same. Careful not to disturb their closeness, I dole out sippy cups and whisper how happy I am they are best friends.
My thoughts interrupt their trance and my son wiggles to his place in my lap.
Do you have a best friend, Mommy?
And I want to tell them all about best friends,
how you can’t go a day without hearing each others voice,
how they can turn your ugly cry into tears of laughter before you have a chance to blink,
how they will say you look just as good toned and tan as you do moments after giving birth, and mean it,
how they will sacrifice the only pair of sunglasses in the car, the last dollar in their wallet, the fluffy pillow and warm blanket and even a piece of their dreams, just to see you happy.
And I want to tell them there will come a day when you can’t remember what life was like before your best friend walked into your life or how you ever managed to put one foot in front of the other without the echo of their step at your side.
But I tousle the wisps of blonde tickling my chin, watch perfect lashes wave up at me, cherish the heart beating in the crook of my arm and answer him simply:
My best friend is your daddy.
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Made me getthat lump in my throat. Congrats on a beautiful family!
Soo sweet! And what a great picture.
AWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! This post, that photo, the sentiment… everything is making me tear up today. STOP IT! LOL!!!!
Seriously–I loved absolutely everything about this. Beautiful, and so happy you have found your best friend in the world. XOXO
Thank you, can\’t wait to follow you along on your blogging path to your best friend. XO
Wait a minute?! You, Liz and I all share an anniversary?! I think I knew this, I just didn’t put it all together until now.
I hope you had a wonderful day with your honey.
I was at BlogHer on the 4th, so we are celebrating tomorrow night. 🙂
Ours is on the 5th but funny that they are all so close!
Oh this is so sweet! And what an adorable picture of the two of you.
Just Jennifer says
That is so nice! I feel the same way about my husband (who is also a Mark). Happy Anniversary to you two!
JDaniel4's Mom says
What a beautiful post and wonderful picture! I hope you have a terrific anniversary!
Mrs. Jen B says
Beautiful post, beautiful couple! Happy anniversary. 🙂
What a beautiful moment! Happy anniversary!
My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate our wedding anniversary on the 7th, and I feel the same way about him. I loved this and I wish you many more happy years together!
Amy Mac says
Happy Anniversary! This post brought tears to my eyes!
Dana K says
Happy Anniversary! This picture is so wonderful & you are absolutely beautiful.
1) Happy Anniversary!!
2) I can’t decide which part of this post is the cutest – the twins snuggling, the picture of you and Mark, or your shoes.
3) Your words always get me!
Beautiful post! I love that. Happy Anniversary! I’m getting married in 3 weeks and I am excited to start my life with my best friend!
Congratulations, how exciting!!
Hopes@Staying Afloat! says
This is just so beautiful! Marrying your best friend is so special! Happy Happy Anniversary!
Dear Jessica .. great story, as always!! You guys are so good together!
Thanks for sharing …
This is beyond adorable and is totally touching!! I hope he read it! I live the photo of you two, too. Happy anniversay!!
How sweet! And what a great gift to give your children. Happy Anniversary!
Thanks, I love those shoes!
Kate F. says
What a wonderful tribute. So beautifully said. And so true! Loved it. Thanks for your honest approach to writing. It makes me love to come back and read day after day 🙂
Thanks so much Kate, truly enjoyed writing this post for my husband.
My husband and I big believers in the idea that the MOST important thing for our children is that we love each other FIRST. Happy Anniversary to you two!
We feel that same way. Thanks so much!
Jessica Gardner says
This was such a great post!!!! So creative and so true – it was beautiful. Love the photo too.
ps I think the same exact thing about my husband 🙂
Sounds like we are both lucky to have great marriages.
What a sweet post! Happy anniversary to you two!
julie gardner says
Isn’t that the best gift you could ever give your children?
Cheers to love. Forever.
This was just beautiful, my friend.
Thanks so much Julie, I think that is so true. I feel fortunate to raise my children in a home where they will see such a strong marriage.
Sue the Desperate Housemommy says
Sigh. Lovely. As are those kicks you’re sporting.
Thanks, my favorite shoes!
Aunt Nancy says
Happy Anniversary Jessica and Mark. It certainly seems like you’ve found are best friends. We’re glad to have Mark in the family.
So beautiful Jessica.
The picture of you two is stunning.
Perfection, happiness, and love.
Absolutely beautiful!! Happy Anniversary!
Erin Margolin says
Happy Anniversary, Jessica!
This left me speechless. Breathtaking post. And the photo was the icing on the cake—love it!
Happy Anniversary!! You guys make the cutest couple!! I’m with Alison, this made me sniffle.
That is so sweet. Happy anniversary!
Oh goodness…now I’m crying. This is so sweet.
So sweet! Glad I finally found you!
Glad you found me too, thanks for reading!
Leigh Sarfati says
Beautifully said. How blessed you and Mark are!
My third son…your best friend, I wish you both years and years of friendship, love and laughter.
this is so cute i hope i can tell a story like this to my kids 🙂
My husband is my best friend too 🙂
That is sweet! And happy anniversary to you both 🙂
Aw! That’s some *serious* sweetness. Happy anniversary. Hope you have many many more with your best friend.
ah such a happy picture! Happy Anniversary to you an your husband. Great shoes, btw…
So funny, I was happy that the shoes made the pic, I love them!
oh my goodness this brought tears to my eyes! So adorable 🙂 Happy Anniversary!
AWWW!!! I love this and love that photo. Gorgeous!!