All over social media, you see people participating in 30 days of thanks. Usually, I avoid “trendy” posts. But after contemplating it for a while, I decided that everyone should make the effort from time to time to remember just how much they have to be thankful for. So, although I am a couple of days late, I figured that there is no time like the present.
I am thankful for my husband. This one is easy, right? Obviously I am thankful for my husband. If I wasn’t, perhaps he would not be my husband. (just kidding) . But seriously, more than anyone could ever know, I am thankful for Clayton Samuel Eastridge. The man who is not only my better half, but also the best father I could ever imagine my children having.
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are made of the same things. I know without a shadow a doubt that Clay was created for me, and I for him. There is no other person or object in this world that could ever be more perfectly designed for me. He encourages me daily to be a better person, and because of him I have the desire to do so. He is listens to me: my dreams, my worries, my fears; never once criticizing me or making me feel inadequate. Reminding me daily of how strong I am capable of being, he gives me the motivation I need to be nothing short of what he already knows I am. Whenever I’m standing at a metaphorical bridge, too scared to cross, he is always there to hold my hand and walk with me to the other side. He is so much more than just a husband. He is my best friend, confidant, intellectual soulmate, inspiration, and everything that falls in between.
It has been said that when you truly find love, you will find yourself. I couldn’t agree more. It is because of Clay that I have become who I am today. Finding him, has allowed me to dig deep within myself, wash away the dirt, and come away as a woman I didn’t even know existed. She was there all along, locked up and begging to come out. I just needed the key to open the door. Clay was that key.
I look forward to watching our children grow, and holding hands as we get old together. I will always be in love with the 22 year old version of him; the boy that showed up like a knight in shinning amour and stole my heart, and I know that I will continue to fall in love with him throughout every stage of our lives together.
So Clay, if you’re reading this, thank you. Thank for all that you have given me. For finding me at a time in your life when you could have easily chosen anyone else. Thank you for acknowledging that what we have is rare. Thank you for flooding my heart with love, like only you can. It’s me and you against the world…..forever.
Clay & I now. After 3 1/2 years of marriage and 2 kids. As happy as ever!