Sunday, May 17, 2009

12 years...




Today is our anniversary. Twelve years ago on this day we were thrilled it was a beautiful sunny day, I felt like a princess, and thought he looked like the most handsome man in the world. We were surrounded with people we loved, and we started on this uncharted territory called marriage feeling very confident (and my literary audience chuckles...don't worry I am too). Oh, we were so young and foolish and so in love. We had a beautiful wedding and a beautiful day.

Twelve years has brought us beautiful babies, exotic vacations, addictions, diets, births and deaths of family members, houses bought and sold, surrounded with friends, having no friends, financial freedoms and financial devastation, the accumulation of stuff, garage sales, hospital stays, 2 separations, heartache and tears, marriage conferences, marriage counseling, precious moments I would hope to never forget and our lowest, moment most devastating ugly moments I wish I could erase from my mind.

This is where you find us twelve years later...STILL TOGETHER! It is by the grace of God, it is amazing, it is a miracle, it was so hard, it was everything we said we wanted and promised each other we would do twelve years ago on this day. We didn't have a clue!

Erik, it is easy for me to say with all conviction...you are the love of my life. I would go to the ends of the world (and feel like we have) to find us here. I'm so thankful because I absolutely know you would too. I'm so glad we didn't "quit" each other. Happy Anniversary, Love.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. - Mignon Mclaughlin

6 comments:

that's the story of my life... said...

Happy anniversary!! I bet it feels kinda yukky you being here and him there..Sorry.

Anonymous said...

So beautifully said! I love you guys...It has taken love and a lot of guts to keep your family together! Stef

Mom and Dad~ Nana and Papa said...

We are so proud of both of you...thankyou for not "quitting". Your family and marriage are worth every effort. We love you all so much. Happy Anniversary kids! We pray that this year is the beginning of all the best of the next 60 together! Forever our love,
Dad and Mom

Holly said...

Happy 12!!! My favorite number! I am so happy for you two and love to share your story! You give us all hope and remind us that marriage takes a lot of commitment and hard work, but the payoff is amazing! Love you guys!!

Saralee said...

BEAUTIFUL Cher!
Hugs~ Saralee

Ross and Taya said...

Praise God.