Thankful Thursday! For my first blog post, I’m going to have to go with an easy one. I’m thankful for my wife Caitlyn. I suppose I can’t just end it with that, so I’ll give a little back story. I moved from California to Colorado in June 2012. I packed everything I could fit into the trunk and back seat of my 1991 toyota celica. On the drive to Colorado my car overheated 3 times, and I hit a deer. What should have been a straight 15-16 hour drive, took me about 21 hours. I didn’t have a job lined up, just the little I had stashed away in savings. Fortunately I had a place to live lined up, with rent being really cheap. I moved into a small two bedroom apartment with two other friends. I slept on the floor for my stay at that apartment, because I didn’t want to spend money on something I could consider a luxury. After a few months of searching, I finally found a job at a UPS Store. I had used up almost all the money in my savings, so it was a huge relief. However, at my first week on the job I got shingles. I didn’t have health insurance, so I went to an urgent care. The doctor was super confused, because apparently you’re not really supposed to get shingles in your 20’s. He asked how stressed I was, and when I explained the situation he said my stress levels were wrecking my immune system. The doctor gave me some life tips about dealing with stress, and that was pretty neat. Anyways, I’m sure at this point you’re wondering what any of this has to do with Caitlyn. Don’t worry, I’m getting there. I met Caitlyn at that UPS Store. It was a pretty slow store, so we had a lot of time to talk and get to know each other. This was one of the lowest times in my life, and suddenly I had a bright spot. I had a new friend. Someone who wanted to hang out with me, who thought I was interesting. She thought I was intelligent, and funny. We’d go out to dinner, and even though I didn’t really have the money to spend on eating out I’d go and be ready to pay for the both of us. For some reason I thought accumulating debt was more appealing than looking poor or cheap. She’d pay without hesitation. I’d grab my wallet, and she’d tell me no. It was really weird, because I was raised to believe it was the man’s ‘job’ to pay. I came to learn pretty quickly that Caitlyn didn’t believe in that sort of thing. Fast forward a couple years, and as of October 15 we’ve been married for a year and 14 days. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I don’t have to hide who I am around her. I can be true to myself, and she loves me for that. She supports me and my dreams. She edifies me. All of that to say, I am so, so thankful for Caitlyn. Marriage definitely hasn’t been easy thing. It’s one of the most difficult things I’ve experienced. With that being said, I’m so excited to keep working at it and to spend the rest of eternity with her, because obviously neither of us are ever going to die.