12 years ago today I walked down the aisle to meet my groom on our wedding day. It was a rainy day but it was full of love and joy. I will never forget dear Mrs. Lindsay, at our reception tell us that she wouldn’t have missed our wedding for anything, although she was afraid she was going to need a boat to get downtown! HA!
To be honest, the hopes and dreams we had then certainly don’t reflect where we are today. In a way, the dreams that we had were crushed years ago, but we have new hopes and dreams now. Our life together has been filled with ups and downs, happy times and sad times. Situations and things I care to never think about and times that I hold so near and dear and get somewhat nostalgic when I think of them.
The fact is, marriage is difficult…..it is a work in progress. Being married is not a bed of roses. It is not romance 100% of the time. In fact, the romance part is a very small percent of the marriage. You have 2 totally different people, with different thought processes, different personalities, different EVERYTHING and you get married and live together (at least that is the order in which we did it….no judgments here if you did it a different way), HA!
I married the “forever bachelor,” and he married a woman who had already “done that” once before and by “done that” I mean gotten married! HA! I am really cracking myself up today, even if you don’t find the humor in it, I sure did! Anyway, here we were 30 and 29 years old, already set in our ways; setting out on a new and exciting adventure.
An adventure it has been……especially when Hannah came into our world! Then it became an ongoing and never-ending roller-coaster ride! Up, down, sideways, upside-down and repeat! I am getting nauseous just thinking about it! (Kidding…..well, kinda)!
Bottom line is we are celebrating 12 years of marriage today, Yay for us! Heck it is longer than most people make it nowadays and they don’t have a special needs child, a stressful job, and a woman who has hit menopause at the ripe old age of 41 (different story for a different blog post)!
I love my husband, he is a wonderful husband, great dad and a man who isn’t too proud to do whatever it takes to provide for his family. He works hard and loves me! What more could a girl ask for? And, to his credit, to which my dad will agree…..I am not the easiest person to live with, (trust me, Dennis will agree with that right now…..remember the menopause remark, well, I ain’t kidding about that).
Dennis, I am not sure you still read my blog but if you do…..I love you. You are my rock when I am weak. You are the shoulder that I cry on and that one that makes me laugh. You were my best friend when I married you and you still are today. Life has handed us quite a few lemons; but the thing I love most about you is the way you make lemonade out of those lemons. You are my provider, my protector and the best daddy to our daughter that I could have EVER hoped or prayed for. You were the answer to my prayers 13 years ago and you still are! I am so proud of you, who you are and what you stand for. It is an honor to be your wife. I know I don’t say it often or show it like I should; but you truly are my soul mate, my best friend and the LOVE OF MY LIFE!
Happy Anniversary, I love you!
Now, some of you might wonder what we are doing to celebrate……We are buying a new dryer and a rug for our living room! Whoo-hoo, good times!
Until next time……….