Today is my wedding anniversary. Well...actually it's OUR wedding anniversary. Regardless, thirteen years ago today, I stepped into a church in a heavy gown during one of the warmest days of our autumn, and said I do to the darling husband in front of family and friends.
If anyone had told me at that moment that thirteen years later we would have lived across the country, had two children, that I would become a published author and my husband would have the job he does - after moving BACK across the country - I would have laughed long and hard.
The truth is, no one knows exactly what the future holds, or where the decisions you make will ultimately lead you. Throw in other stresses, illnesses, child rearing, job changes...I realize that staying together really is a gigantic feat.
And it hasn't always been pretty. So yay us!
But you know, that's marriage. You can't live with someone 24/7 for years on end and not have conflicts that pop up. We're human. It's fun at times and it's work at times and when push comes to shove, at the end of a hard day, I know he's a shoulder to lean on. I can count on him. And I hope he can count on me in the same way.
Look at us...wow. I look so young...and so much THINNER! And there's definitely more grey in the dh's hair these days. He says it's from being married to me, but I don't believe him.
When we got married, I thought I'd cry. I was all set with waterproof mascara and my maid of honour had tissues. After all, I'm the waterworks in the family. Turns out it was HIM that did the crying, and wiped his eyes with a Dairy Queen napkin. We were on the alert for a squirrel that had been loose in the church and was living under the steps. We relaxed during a limo ride with some champagne and had our pictures taken at a gazebo with the changing leaves around us. After the reception we danced, and danced...and laughed a lot.
It was a good start...champagne, dancing, laughing, and the odd rogue rodent. It certainly set the pattern for our lives together.
Today I'm celebrating by using up my birthday present - a gift certificate for a day of pampering at the spa. The rest of the day...I'm not sure...but I'm guessing it'll continue with a nice dinner at home, and a bottle of wine after the kids are in bed. I'd suggest pulling out the wedding video...or the albums...but we seem to be more the type to celebrate the here and now.
How do you celebrate anniversaries?