This November my husband and I will be celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary – that’s a decade of our lives spent as husband and wife and the way I look at it, the best is yet to come.
It all started in 1999, when I was a sophomore at Champan University. He was an incoming freshman. Now, I don’t necessarily believe in love at first site, but when I saw him I definitely felt a “zing.” He was the most handsome man I had ever seen. And things just got better when we first talked. He was eloquent, funny, super smart, and did I mention handsome?. We had so much in common. We talked for hours and hours on end – in person and on the phone. Our first date was walking in the small downtown near our school looking at Christmas lights. We were inseparable. We loved each other for who we were.
Today, we are parents to two rambunctious boys. And while we are thinking about adding a third child to our family, we are content with what we have. Watching them grow and become little people with minds of their own is rewarding to say the least. It’s amazing to see little bits and pieces of ourselves in them.
Things have not been all smiles and rainbows. No one’s relationship is like that. But the bumps in the road have only made us stronger. We are not the same people that we were when we met. Life experiences — good and bad — have changed us. Our perspective is different now that we have children and jobs. But in growing together our love for each other deepened.
I look at my grandparents who recently celebrated over 50 years of marriage and asked them how they did it. They attribute their long time love and marriage on staying connected on every level emotional, physical and spiritual. It’s simple advice but it’s working.
I’m proud of where we are now and what we have to look forward to and that is means for celebrating!
Moms, what characteristic do you love most about your signifigant other?