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The Ways My Wife Showed Me Love in the Midst of My Depression

To My Wife, AKA Honeybear:

I want to say thank you for all you do for us and our family, for loving me so much and giving me a reason to be a better person.

When I was growing up, and throughout my life until I met you, I didn’t ever think I’d be able to face my problems and have this wonderful life that we now have. My illnesses threatened to create a world where I would always have trouble with daily life, until I met you. You, my beautiful, amazing and wonderfully kind wife, gave me new hope that I, we, could live an amazing life together.

When we first met over seven years ago, I was in a bad place. But you didn’t care. You just saw all of the good in me, and when we went through some really horrible times, you just saw my smile and you knew we’d be OK. You knew we’d make it.

Thank you for making me want to be a better person, a better wife to you and a better mom to our fur-sons. You and I have walked through a lot together, and you’ve always been the one person I could count on to love me unconditionally, help me with anything I have needed, support me in all aspects of our life, give me a laugh and always “see the good in me,” like you always say.

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Thankfully, you’ve always seen the good in me, even when others have not, and you have always been the one fighting for us to have the best life possible together.

There are so many moments that remind me how lucky I am to have you as my wife. There was the time I was suicidal and had to be admitted into the hospital for my safety and to adjust my medications. I’d just quit my job because I couldn’t handle it anymore, and I fell into a very deep depression. I was so miserable and didn’t have any happiness or joy in my life because of the depression. You were in a new job at work and were stressed with that, but when I called you at work to tell you that I needed to go to the hospital, you came right home and took me there. You selflessly stayed with me in the ER and went up to the unit with me, where you had to leave me for the night until visiting hours the next day.

I was in the hospital for a week and you came to visit me every single day. You brought me everything I needed and loved me through it all. On the weekend, there was a break in the visiting hours to let the patients eat lunch, so you had about an hour to yourself. You went to the gift shop and bought me a book that you filled out for me. That is just how you always show me your love — it’s always the little things!

what i love about you book

what i love about you book

You are my everything and I love you with all my heart. We have the best life imaginable, and that is thanks to you and your heart that’s as big as Texas.

Thank you for always believing in me and for doing whatever is needed to help our family.

I love you mostest infinity!

Your Sweetheart

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