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To my husband, the man I vowed to spend the rest of my life with, till death do us part, through thick and thin . . . I still love you like the first time.

Fourteen years and three small children, we barely get the time to breathe, let alone talk, but I still love you like the first time.

There is a constant stream of laundry, vacuuming, and dishes to do, which means we don’t get to sit down till we are exhausted and ready for bed too soon, but I still love you like the first time.

Even in the middle of the night, when we are snapping at each other because we have been woken up more than once by a child who needs us and we are so tired . . .

I still love you like the first time.

The endless school runs and after-school activities. We don’t stopwe don’t stop to look at each other, but I still love you like the first time.

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When I don’t want to talk because the kids are shouting at each other, or shouting at us, or asking a million questions a minute . . . I still love you like the first time.

Through the times when you need some contact from me, a hug, but I push you away because I’m touched out from a baby who wants to be attached to me all day long . . . I still love you like the first time.

At 4 p.m. when you come down from your home office, stressed because you have to work from home, and you have the burden of work and trying to help me out with all the things that need to be done, I see that.

I see the heavy load you carry, and I still love you like the first time.

Every single night, I know the disappointment you feel when you cook us dinner that the kids barely touch, and I still love you like the first time.

I think of all the times you’ve had to cancel your plans because one of the kids is sick or has an appointment or has a birthday party they just have to go to. I know it isn’t fair that we can’t do the things we want to anymore, and I still love you like the first time.

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I see you husband, I see you with the weight of the world on your shoulders when all you need from us is some appreciation. Even if we don’t say it, we appreciate you, and I still love you like the first time.

I know it won’t always be this way, and when we are older and we have time to talk, time to breathe, I will still love you like the first time.

I will always love you like the first time.

Jules Millward

Hi, I'm Jules. I am a stay-at-home mum to three children. I used to write in a previous life and found my love of writing again after suffering a miscarriage. I found writing helped me to heal. My blog page is www.thatparentinglife.com and you can find me on Instagram @that_parenting_life

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