Sometimes you got through 25 years of life not knowing that your partner for life is right in front of your face.

fall of 1997

fall of 1997

You don’t know that the friend you have relied on for years and years to make you laugh and to listen to your fears was meant to do just that for the rest of your life.

Pointing is Groovy

June 18, 2005

‘Til death do you part.

June 18, 2012

June 18, 2012

Some things have not changed at all since we met.

We still laugh at the most inappropriate things ever.

We still feel most comfortable being sad around each other.

We still have the same friend group we did in middle/high school…they just live all over the USA.

My brothers even still call you “Curly”.

We still love Pearl Jam.

But some things are different.

January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

We are adults now and have to think about things like budgets.

We drink wine occasionally instead of cheap beer always.

We made babies.

We argue sometimes.

We’ve gained weight.

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

That’s really about it.

Oh, and we have more love than we had all those years ago.

Actually, we have more love today than we had yesterday.

Because that’s how it goes when you unexpectedly fall in love with your best friend.

Each day you are amazed that this is the person you married…

and that you love him more than you did ever before this moment.

Happy 8th anniversary to us.

make you smile

I’ve found a way to make you smile.


A joke anything on the male body that is usually covered by pants.


My doing something ridiculous and then trying to make it look like it didn’t happen.

My trying to rap.

Hearing Eddie say something like he’s an adult.

Seeing Charlie and I sleep the exact same way: on our backs, arms above our heads.

I read bad poetry
into your machine.

You always read my words.


You have encouraged me to write down every story I know.

And you always read.

I save your messages
just to hear your voice.

I still have the emails you sent me over nine years ago.

I have every card you ever got me.

I even have a few of the post it notes you have left me.

you always listen carefully
to awkward rhymes.

No matter how illogical I sound, you always hear me out.

When I ugly cry, you sit patiently until my sobs become words.

Did I mention you always read my words?

you always say your name
like I wouldn’t know it’s you
at your most beautiful.

You have never been Mr. Romance.

You’re a little awkward in the “moves” department.

Even after all this time, you are still learning to express your feelings and emotions.

It’s cute.

I’ve found a way to make you
I’ve found a way
a way to make you smile.

How excited I get about the little things.

How much I hate Dave Mustaine.

How I make your favorite foods just because.

How I decide to annoy you with a good “steam rolling” when it’s late and you are trying to sleep.

How I push your buttons to make you “fight” with me.

How certain words said at exactly the right time create an eruption of giggles.

at my most beautiful
I count your eyelashes secretly.

The way you pull Eddie closer to you when he is sad or scared.

The way you put your nose right up to Charlie’s nose.

The way you and Eddie walk side by side.

The way you stand when you hold Charlie.

The way your arms flex when you are lifting your sons.

The way you “run” so slowly, but make it look fast when you are playing soccer with Eddie.

The way you hug.

with every one, whisper I love you.
I let you sleep.

I tell you all the time.


And yet you always seem taken aback…

a bit surprised.

Or I’ll smile and you’ll still ask, “what’s that for?”



I know your closed eye watching me,
I thought I saw a smile.

You are my biggest fan.

You are my number one cheerleader.

Even when I think you’re not paying attention…

(because sometimes you’re not)…

You still “get” me.

You still want me to be first.


I’ve found a way to make you
I’ve found a way
a way to make you smile.

Seven years since we laughed and giggled our way through promises.

Seven years of being tested on how much we meant those promises.

Seven years of making each other smile.

I love you, Cortney.

ps. sorry about last night and trying to get a “recent picture”.  Clearly that gets filed under “crap I do to make you crabby too late at night, but is funny.”  Right? Heh.

*Lyrics from “At My Most Beautiful” by R.E.M.