Friday, January 15, 2010

10 years...4 homes...2 kids...1 great life

On January 15, 2000, the world was still functioning normally (despite the Y2K scare a couple of weeks earlier.) And we'd counted on that being the case for our big day.

It was 80 degrees in Phoenix that day, 20 degrees warmer than normal--a lovely day to get married. It was a beautiful, meaningful ceremony, and The Engineer and I started our life together.

How in the world have ten years passed? We are in our fourth home (2 apartments, 2 houses, one BIG move to a different state.) Our family size has doubled (tripled if you count Hammer the dog and Joshua the fish.) Life is so sweet and so good.

I'm smiling as I write this. I absolutely love the fact that I am enjoying being married to my husband now more than I ever have before. Time has changed us and our relationship. In some ways we're more different than we used to be. (We have some intense political discussions!) But our life together is somehow both more comfortable and more passionate than it used to be.

I don't mean to give the impression that our relationship is perfect. We can both be hotheaded and stubborn, and we have plenty of room for growth. Hopefully we'll have at least four more decades together so that we can continue to grow our way, and fight our way, and love our way into more and more closeness.

I'm blessed to have him. And you know what? He's blessed to have me too.

Fairy tales with happy endings are nice.

But real-life tales with happy middles are even better.

16 comments:

Celeste said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Call Me Cate said...

Aww, such a sweet post. Happy anniversary to you and The Engineer. You have big wild celebration plans? However you celebrate, whether it's an elaborate to-do or pizza and a movie with the kids, the 'everyday' times you spend happily together are definitely most important.

Melinda said...

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Eternal Lizdom said...

Happy Anniversary!! Any special plans? We're hoping to take the family down to Gatlinburg for our 10th (few years to go still) since that's where we got married.

Kristen said...

Happy Anniversary! I love that last statement...and it's so true!

Our Scoop said...

Happy Anniversary! So amazing how fast time goes! I can't believe it. So glad you guys are so happy!! What a true blessing!

you can call me "Jen" said...

Happy Anniversary! Time flies, doesn't it?

SPKarenO said...

Happy Anniversary! Couldn't agree with you more, we'll be celebrating in May!

Rabbit said...

"Fairy tales with happy endings are nice.

But real-life tales with happy middles are even better."

What a tremendous quote! And so true. Love it. It's going on my inspiration bored. Thanks!

Rabbit said...

Uh. That would be 'board.' Ha!

Autumn said...

I like that last quote too!! And happy 10th anniversary!!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

Happy Anniversary, so sweet! We are coming up on 10 years too, time sure does fly.

forever folding laundry said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a great celebration.
And happy birthday to your girl. What a cutie. :)

~Keri

2cats said...

Happy 1st decade anniversary!
Wishing yu many more decades.

Mellodee said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Remember each of those next 40 years you're wishing for, will go faster than before. Its so easy to miss stuff. As hard as it is for me to believe, I am only 6 years away from a 50th anniversary myself!!! It all goes by in...a...blink...of...an...eye!

Megan Fletcher said...

I was thinking of you the other day and wondering exactly which date was the anniversary. I remember the day...you in a beautiful gown, you and the Engineer singing/playing that beautiful song about a chord of 3 strands, the yummy cheesecake made by your mom, sparkling tablecloths, ...such a lovely day indeed! I even have this cool picture in my head of the table setting Xantha laid out at your wedding shower with your new china.

So funny b/c that weekend I met Joel's parents for the first time. They were visiting his cousin in Phx and I spent a day with them and then came over for your wedding. Ahhh...ten years.

Way to go! I'm so overjoyed to hear that you are more in love now than you were ten years ago. I feel the same way about our 7 1/2! All glory to the One who brought you two together.