September 7, 2017

F O U R


Four years married. Four years ago we pledged to each other, in front of God and our families, for better or worse. Four years ago we committed to walk life together, no matter what. Four years ago we smiled and celebrated and cheeresd!

Oh my love, year three to four has indeed been a for better or worse. The beginning of year three brought our month in Europe, something we had talked, talked, talked about and FINALLY made happen. Those were some of the happiest days of my life, eating, traveling, exploring, drinking, lounging, releaxing, learning and loving you. We had THE BEST TIME EVER. Having you as my life partner there to experience everything made it so special.

Then we moved. We moved with excitement, anticipation, hope and a plan. We were ready. Then life happened. And one week turned into one month. Then two. Then three. Suddenly we were looking at six months of a change which was unlike anything we expected. It was hard. So incredibly hard. We were so frustrated and so angry and so immersed in the darkness we forgot to take care of each other.

We forgot why we said "I do." 

And then the clouds broke with sun streaming through to finally shine down. We bought our FIRST HOUSE and have been pouring ourselves into making it our home. The sun reminded us of our why, of our reason for choosing each other forever, of nine seven two thousand thirteen. The best day every because we became one as husband and wife.

Year three into four can only be described as our learning year. We learned who we are at the core, separately and as a couple. We learned what hurts each other most and what is needed when times are really, really, really tough. This year we learned words hurt, a lot. But, words can also chase away a bad day, rescue each there from that feeling of drowning and words like YES, can change everything. We learned how easy it is to turn on the mean and how hard it is to swallow pride. We learned that coming unyoked is tough because the load is not carried equally.

Life is better as we start year four. Easier. Happier and more put together than year three. I chose the picture above for a few reasons. A representation of walking TOGETHER through life, the good and the bad. A moment where you carried something for me so quickly and easily. We are in step, our eyes on the same destination and we are together.

My dearest husband, thank you for choosing me. After the hard days, after the easy days, and even after the days we don't treat each other the best, thank you. Sleeping next to you at night I know we can conquer anything. I have learned we are truly a team if we work together and I've learned I wouldn't want to do life with anyone else. Happy anniversary!

year one, year two, year three

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Before I go, I have to share one more thing. I am so excited to FINALLY announce, SPORTYSPICE and her husband are pregnant with their FIRST CHILD, due sometime in early March. We found out she was pregnant VERY early, back when she was here in July and it was the most special moment getting to hug her and share in the news all together. I am so thrilled for her and her husband and can't wait to give the belly a rub in November. Oh, and let me mention -- because girl deserves props -- she placed 2nd in a bikini fitness competition last weekend! My idol right now :)!

12 comments:

Melissa said...

Happy anniversary, friend! This is such a beautiful testament to the hard, but wonderful work that marriage is. My husband and I will hit 4 years this winter, and it's truly been the best and worst of times <3 here's to an eternity more for you both!

Monica L said...

Happy Anniversary! That went by fast, I feel like I still remember your lead up blogging to the wedding!

Missy said...

Happy Anniversary! Marriage is work I hear and y'all are doing a great job! Congratulations on being and aunt to be, being an aunt is the best! That is such a cute announcement!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Happy anniversary! It's all about adapting, isn't it? Sometimes, it's not so easy.

Congratulations to your sister and husband and you auntie!

Katie Elizabeth said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Hope you two have a wonderful day -- and year ahead! xoxo

Brianne said...

Happy anniversary & congrats to your sister & her husband!!

Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis said...

Congrats to Sporty Spice and her hubby starting their new family!! Awesome news!

Jen said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! What a cute baby announcement I love it!

Marie said...

Happy Anniversary!! Congrats to your sister, how exciting.

Rachel ¦¦ A Nesting Nomad said...

Happy anniversary! We just celebrated ours, too. September is a good time to get married :)

Sorry to hear things have been a bit tough. I'm hoping year 5 is your best yet!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

happy happy happy (belated) anniversary girl!!! sorry that it was a tough year but i'm hoping the next 4 are amazing to make up for it ;) getting through the tough times, that's what makes you stronger as a couple as cliche as it sounds! i wouldn't want to relive any of our hard times but i know they made us stronger people separately and together.
congrats to your sister!!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

Like you, I'm starting to get caught up on blogs. This was such a real, honest anniversary post. Love that things are looking better - together. Life is hard to be sure, but I'm so glad you have a great partner. Happy 4 years, my sweet anniversary twin and friend!