Yesterday marked one year since Herman had an aneurysm rupture in his brain. And while physically, Herman is completely back to himself with absolutely no physical sign of everything he endured (you can't even see the massive 9 inch scar on his head)...emotionally he and I are still quite raw from it all. I cry quite easily whenever I talk about him. I get scared that he's going to have another aneurysm. The thought of how close Emilia and were to losing him still takes my breath away.
Herman is without a doubt, the best man that I know. We were 20 and 21 when we met. We were 23 and 24 when we got married. We were babies who had no idea what we were doing or what our future would hold. 14 years after first meeting, we're still best friends. We laugh together. A lot. He's taught me how to live our lives as adventurers. He's pushed me to follow my dreams and gives me freedom to be who I am. We've grown up together and I am the person I am today because he's been by my side for the last 14 years. He is my rock. He is the love of my life and every single day of the past year I've thanked God that I get to continue to live life with him.
And Herman as a daddy? It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. He and Emilia are such good buddies. Do you know that even though he's the CEO of a start up in the Silicon Valley, every Tuesday he takes off work early so that he can be at her gymnastics class then take her for dinner and "Baba night"? Every single week. He'll come home from work in time to give her a bath and so the three of us can do her bedtime routine together, then he goes back downstairs to finish work. He bought her her first bouquet of flowers because he just couldn't resist. He knows her. Really knows her because he spends a lot of time with her. And he goes out of his way to make sure she knows how much he loves her. And someday, when a boy comes along...she's going to demand to be treated the way her daddy treats her. There are no words for how thankful I am that she gets to be raised by him.
We are so amazingly thankful.