It is our four-year anniversary today!

This photo was taken of us maybe a few hours after we met for the first time in 2005. Probably just before or after the first words we actually spoke directly to one another (note the awkward body language). We were on an impromptu trip to Vancouver BC the first weekend after fall finals with a group of friends - my pal Courtney, her boyfriend (at the time) and his friends, including Ryan. For the record, Ryan regrets his hair from this time and it was cut shortly after we returned from Canada. Whereupon he wooed me with dinner and a play (very sophisticated for a 20 year-old guy!) and we've been together ever since.

Four years later we've kept traveling but would love to do more. Together we've visited Hawaii, the Pacific coastline in Washington, Chicago, and gone camping in Leavenworth and the Olympic National Forest. We've also graduated from college, moved farther apart, moved even FARTHER apart, and then finally moved in together. We've adopted a cat.  We have been through multiple jobs, gained and lost friends, disagreed and made up, and ate tons of bacon. Seriously, we love bacon.

And now we're still trying to figure it all out. Finding our paths in life. And I have to say, I am glad that he is the man that is by my side while I'm struggling. And I'm glad he's still there when I'm celebrating. He encourages the best in me but still loves the worst. And what more could a girl ask for?

I love you, sweetheart. Happy anniversary!