INTRODUCING MY HUSBAND ZAK GARCIA!
Those words were declared in an 800-year old house in Umbria, Italy surrounded by the kind of friends that most people only dream of having (lucky me!).
I spoke them over candlelight by a hot fire in the midst of what can only be described as “magic” to a man who is my rock, my hero, my best friend – Zak Garcia.
The night was filled with toasts, tears, and a lot of risotto (a story for another time).
It was a dream come true and so powerful I could never capture it with words.
When Zak and I began our relationship, I had no idea it would lead to this. Absolutely. None.
I just knew he was one of the smartest, kindest, funniest, loving, most gentle (not to mention strikingly handsome) beings I had ever encountered.
He made me question things I thought I knew.
He challenged me to grow.
And most importantly, he accepted me just as I am.
From the very beginning our souls connected and I realized I never wanted to experience anything without him ever again.
I felt complete. Like I had found the piece of me that had been missing for so long.
I had no idea how everything would end up. I just knew I wanted this person in my life.
I even said to him before our romantic relationship started, “I don’t know what we’re doing here or what any of this means. I just know that I want you in my life. I want to know you. To support you. I want to be at your wedding!”
Little did I know he would be marrying ME! (You can’t make this stuff up.)
We talked for hours (we still do) about our life experiences – the good, the bad, the unfortunate – and the paths that led us to this place.
I felt completely comfortable sharing the most personal, challenging stories of my life with him – things I had never shared with anyone before. He felt the same.
We realized we had both been through so much pain and trauma.
That we had made mistakes. Big ones.
That we had settled. Compromised. And given up what we really wanted.
In a nutshell, we both had been through some crazy shit and as a result, we were very clear on exactly what we wanted and what we didn’t.
We had seen everything, experienced most of it, and learned from all of it.
He says, “No one has ever loved you like I do.”
I believe him.
And I feel the same.
He dries my tears.
He picks me up when I fall.
He makes me coffee in the morning.
And I couldn’t be more grateful.
As if having this amazing, beautiful man for a husband wasn’t enough, I am also so blessed to have received an intelligent, loving stepson named Cooper in the process.
Rain is so happy she has a brother – something she had wanted for such a long time – and our little family feels so complete and full of love!
Sometimes it feels like there’s no way this can be true. Like this is all a dream. But each morning when I wake up with my husband next to me I realize that dreams really do come true.