What a year we have endured, as a family, as a couple, and individually. A year that could have left us shattered, angry, lonely, and broken - but it did not. Kevin held my hand during Koen's delivery and hasn't let go since. He is my knight in shining armor, and has been for the last 17 years, but this year more than ever. I feel like I have been out of commission these last 13 months. Recovering from the birth of Koen, crying every evening for months and escaping to grieve, starting a new job, the physical and emotional highs and lows during yet another pregnancy, being put on limited activity - taking me off work and all mom jobs, hospitalized for three weeks, bed rest at home, countless doctor appointments and anxious phone calls where I needed reassurance. Through it all Kevin has been my rock.
We have grieved Koen differently, and have found our own ways to cope and deal, but he has never left my side. Never complained. With each new road block he quietly finds a way to get our family around it. He is now the cooking, cleaning, lunch packing, shopping, laundry doing master. Somehow juggling these new roles at home in addition to his new job role at work, and doing it all with ease, laughter, and love. I have joked for years that Kevin was the "Father of the Year", but this year it is more true than ever. Some have kindly complimented me on my strength this year, but my strength comes from The Lord and the amazing gift He has given me in Kevin. I know exactly why God has given us boys, what an amazing man they have as a role model, father, and friend. What an honor God has bestowed on me to be the queen of this castle and I thank Him every day. I love you more than you will ever know, Kev.