I have this awesome talent that lets me remember the most random and unimportant details of big events in my life. Like the very first time I met my now husband, I can tell you what he was wearing (but I have no idea what I had on). I can tell you that my heart did that teenage girl fluttery thing and I gave my best friend (who was with us) that wide-eyed side-eye like, “Whoa!” but she knew I would, we’d already checked out his yearbook photo. She’d already made the jokes and I had rolled my eyes at her. If only we all knew that the two of us would wind up married with three kids.
There have been a lot of ups and downs over the past 11 years. I’ve had this rock that’s been steady and strong when I needed it the most and held me up so I wouldn’t drown. We’ve made fun of each other, we’ve been irritated by each other, but clearly we’re still here and going strong.
When we were in high school we had our fans and we had our haters. Another one of those random details I remember was a so-called friend saying we’d never make it. When you’re negative you just invite more negativity into your life. A little positivity and faith go a long way.
Can we talk about adventures? Our entire relationship has been an adventure! The things we’ve had to deal with it and conquer, the people we’ve met, the children we’ve created, the places we’ve gone, all one big adventure. The travels – to Paris and St. Lucia – I still look at our photos in shock, like, did we REALLY go there?! How awesome that we were able to, to make those memories together and share those moments just the two of us!
Every year that we can celebrate our anniversary is another year full of love, happiness, late nights binge watching on Netflix, rare date nights, kids screaming and running around the house. It’s the laughs at our inside jokes, it’s the eye rolling because you drive me nuts sometimes, it’s “the look” because the sink really is a great place to put a dirty plate or a cup. It’s another year of realizing we are still young and that when the kids are grown we will still be young and can keep going on adventures. It’s another year.
It’s 11 years of “I do”. Don’t listen to Haley, who says we aren’t really married because I didn’t wear a dress, he didn’t wear a tie, and we didn’t have a cake. We still said “I do”. And I still do.