We said, “I do” on a cold night in November ten years ago. I could tell you it seems like yesterday but it doesn’t.
So much has happened in a decade. I think back and remember the dancing, hugging, and joy. I also remember the stress of planning, blending two families, and dealing with other issues that came up.
We have come so far that I barely recognize us as the bride and groom in the photo album. I do know we were determined and set to build our life together.
Marriage is complicated. It is full of twists and turns that no one can see coming. I suppose that is why the vows go from one extreme to the other.
I am a teacher. He has had to nurse me back a few times. Now there are kids in school and daycare. We get all the fun germs.
Sickness to health.
My husband probably wonders at times why so much of our money goes to Target.
For richer…for poorer. Especially in that dollar to three dollar section.
Now that we have two small kids, marriage is even more challenging. Every time we turn around we are trying to keep things balanced.
To love and cherish.
We hold onto those words when we are tired and can barely find the energy to hold a conversation. Once upon a time we snuggled on a couch to watch movies together. Now each of us is holding a kid and we are watching whatever they are currently obsessed with.
I gaze at my wedding dress in the closet. I am tempted to put it on and dance like it was November 17 and I felt like the most beautiful person in the world. ..
Knowing there is no way now it would zip up in the back.
At some point when we don’t have a kids birthday party to attend or some work thing going on, we will go out and celebrate.
Ten years is a lot to be proud of. There is a lot of happy to celebrate. Our life like so many is chaotic, challenging, but we embrace the moments that make it all worth it.
Still holding into…so long as we both shall live.
Thanks for reading day 17 of my daily blogging challenge for the month of November! This counts as an anniversary present….right?