Seven years ago today, I married an incredible, smart, kind-hearted, patient woman, someone I love, who also happened to be my best friend.

The picture below is not from that day.  The actual wedding was in May the next year, but we were legally married in October.  As it turns out, it takes a little of the stress out of the whole wedding thing if you’ve already been married half a year.  However, this is one of my favorite pictures from the whole marriage/wedding thing, and I believe it best captures that sense of becoming a family.

Marriage is not what I expected.  It’s not what the movies led me to expect. It’s not always easy, and it’s not perfect.  (Though we’re getting closer … I got her hooked on Buffy, and I think I’ve successfully gotten her into Doctor Who as well.)  But looking back, asking her to marry me was the best decision I’ve ever made.  Hectic as these past seven years have sometimes been, I wouldn’t trade ’em for anything.

Happy anniversary, Amy!  I love you!

(A pic from the October marriage day is behind the cut.  I posted this one partly because it’s a nice picture, and partly because people occasionally ask what I looked like with long hair…)