It has been a crazy fantastic and wild ride, these last 8 years!! We have been tested, pushed to our limits, had our fair share of frustrations…but isn’t that what makes the good parts so good? No one said life would be easy. Marriage is just as much work as everything else in life. Parenting. Jobs. Being healthy. Being happy. Choosing to give your best and do the right thing, even when you may not want to.
I will be as transparent as I can, and say that year 7 was undoubtedly the toughest year. We added a business and with that, our daily routines changed, my role as ‘homemaker turned business woman’ really took off. I struggle daily trying to find the balance of 1950’s housewife (which I LOVE!) and being an entrepreneur (which I also LOVE!)
I will tell you one of my secrets; just don’t quit. I will rest, I will cry if needed, I will sulk momentarily, or throw myself a quick pity party, but then I get right back up and fight for my purpose. I fell in love with my husband 10 years ago, silly kids back then. At 26 I thought I knew it all.
At 36, I can tell you I know nothing!! haha
I know enough, but I don’t know it all.
I know that it’s important to compromise in a marriage, for it to work.
I know that communication is key. Blabbing to others about problems will do nothing, unless you learn to work them out together.
I know that at the end of the day, we are both tired and exhausted, but to go the extra mile and make a fresh warm meal is what my husband needs.
I know that date nights and carving out KID FREE time somehow almost every day is essential to us.
I know that the more that I focus on my husband’s good qualities vs any negative, that is what I will get more of. (he taught me that) No one is perfect, we are human and we are bound to annoy the crap out of each other, but look past the imperfections…like the laundry outside of the hamper, or the toilet paper that needs to be put back on the roll.
I know that putting away the iPhones, ipads, laptops, etc for a little awhile refreshes us and allows us to talk freely without distractions.
I know that one day, when the kids are grown and out of the house, and the dogs are really old, or perhaps no longer with us, we will still have each other. That is why I work as hard on my marriage, if not more, than I do at anything else.
As for our anniversary? We got some amazing news that our perc test passed at the land!!
To celebrate 8 years, we went to one of favorite spots, Pane Vino.
It was nice and warm, the sun was still out and we enjoyed an outside table.
I love this restaurant right on the river.
He gave me a super sweet card with a champagne bottle and inside said let’s celebrate…
After dinner he drove to the little beach we love and presented me with a gift of champagne flutes!! I still had not caught on what he was doing…
It was a moment later I noticed the Yeti cooler with a bottle of Rosé champagne and our beach blanket.
To say that I was surprised, is an understatement.
It was by far the sweetest gift he (or anyone really!) has given me! Aside from the fact that he completely surprised me, just hanging out on the beach with my best friend, sipping on some fine ass bubbly and listening to some tunes…was pure bliss!
At the end of our days, if you have found someone whom your soul can connect, thrive, grow and love infinitely, only to create tiny humans who will grow big and find true loves of their own…that is the most precious gift.
That and to never take our health for granted.
Cheers to 8 years and here’s to many many more baby!
Thank you for loving me at my best and loving me even more at my worst. For showing me what it means to trust, to honor and have faith that everything will be okay. You continue to teach me to relax, even if it’s the hardest thing I struggle with.
You are my rock, my best friend, my sunshine on a cloudy day. Thank you for choosing me to be your wife.
And I thought I loved you then…