Day 9 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Bear and I have known each other since the first day of 7th grade. He has been there as I have grown up from a truly annoying teenager to the (hopefully less annoying) wife and mother I am today. He stood by me through some really hard times with both his family and my own...overriding his own distaste for conflict to defend me from those who should be most supportive in our lives and then biting his tongue until it bled when I asked. He put up with my craziness as we planned our wedding. He took exceptional care of me as I struggled through a very rough pregnancy and delivery to bring Bubbles into the world. He worked hard (as did I) to get out of crushing debt in order to buy our home. He provided a strong shoulder through months of devastation following a miscarriage. He tried every tactic he could think of to calm my fears through another (much easier) pregnancy and delivery as we completed our family with Animal. He stands firmly by my side on this bumpy journey to raise our children. And he loves me unwaveringly despite my many shortcomings.
That first paragraph makes it sound like our lives together have been rife with sorrow, but in reality those are just snippets of time in the 25 years we have known each other. Though some of those moments have really tested the strength of our love and still weigh heavy on my heart, the good times FAR outweigh the bad.
Bear has been there for me through thick and thin, good and bad, hard and easy. And with every passing snippet, I have become more certain that I can count on him to see me through anything this world throws at us.