An excerpt of Josiah’s wedding vows:
I love how much importance you place on having inside jokes.
I love that you believe in miniature bald eagles, but not sea cows.
I love that you catch my grammatical errors (though they are few and far between).
I love that you are so bad at surprises that you secretly unwrapped and re-wrapped all your Christmas presents until age 19.
I love that you always sneeze in twos, so that I after the first I can anticipate the coming of the second and give you your “God Bless You” in advance.
I love that you are the best at every board game. As an opponent I hate you for this, but as a team we are unstoppable.
I love that you never get common expressions and terms of speech right. You are the apple OF my eye, but I will always be “The apple IN your eye.”
I also love the way you watch out for me: caring for me when I am sick, reminding me of upcoming deadlines, and listening to me rant about the manifestation of an Irish Republican Masculinity in the dramas of W.B. Yeats or a postwar conflation of monetary and moral values as evidenced in the expatriate protagonists of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.
I love that you understand me and support me in everything I do.
I love the excitement I see in your face when you do something special for somebody else.
I love how much you love your family and would do anything for them.
I love your compassion, your intelligence, and your beauty.
I love you completely.