Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Our Life


There was a time when we had albums full photos of us holding hands, snuggling, cuddling, and posing together. Now finding a picture with both of us in it at the same time is a rare commodity.

There was a time when we would pack our bags and jump on a plane for a last minute trip to anywhere. Now our idea of alone time is ordering Chinese food after the kids go to bed and watching "Survivor" together.

There was a time when "going out to dinner" meant fancy clothes and even fancier food. Now it means insuring highchairs and kids' menus are available.

There was a time when our biggest worry was what movie to see together. Now our worries are scary and serious. Health, mortgage, children, family, bills.

Life has changed. It looks so much different than it used to. So much better than I could have ever dreamed. Craziness and all.

This past year has challenged us. I'm pretty sure that it will go down in our family history as one of the craziest years EVER. And we made it through. We made it through building a house, selling a house, two mothers with cancer, two fathers with Alzheimer's, friends and family divorces, major stress at work, dad's passing, Gracie's birth, and moving. I know that years down the road we will look back on this past year and wonder how on earth we made it. And I know the answer will be, TOGETHER. I truly believe that together we can make it through anything. Laughing through the craziness, praying through the worries, and clinging to each other through it all.
Tonight as we "celebrate" our 9th anniversary sitting on hard metal chairs in the school auditorium and watching our boys in their spring concert I will be thanking God for bringing you into my life. I am so honored to have you as my husband. So glad that I get to have you by my side for the rest of this wonderful life. I love you.
Happy Anniversary, Todd!
(If you are interested, our "How we met" story is here. It's a good one, if I do say so myself.)

29 comments:

Karen Deborah said...

*sniff wipes eyes* that is just beautiful. You and your hunny are going to make it too.

When you list it all, no wonder you have been feeling worn out. That is a TON of stress! Have you ever taken a stress test? Your off the scale here. Forget about dieting until a lot more time has gone by. You need to be pampered--big time.

Happy Anniversary darlin girl!

painted maypole said...

happy anniversary.

yes, better. having someone by your side for all the hard things is priceless, indeed.

Emily said...

It in the end, it's not about what happened but who you experienced it with. Sounds like y'all are just perfect together!! Happy anniversary!

Jeni said...

Happy Anniversary! You know, the fact that the TWO of you will be sitting on those hard metal chairs, watching the kids perform, that you will be there, together, says a whole lot right there about your marriage. All too often, parents don't bother to go to things like this, much less doing it together. That's the willingness coming through in your relationship always remember you are a couple, having responsibilities to your children besides just providing the basic necessities of life. Yes, there are times when perhaps one person can't get out of an obligation to attend things like this but still, doing it on your anniversary -to me, that speaks legions about your commitment to your family and to each other. Peace.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

Happy Anniversary! Here's to many happy years ahead. Seeing your boys perform in a concert sounds like a nice way to spend your anniversary.

Jaysi said...

Happy Anniversary!!! It has been a tough year for you guys! I hope this next year is a bit easier. Have a lovely "date" tonight :)

Robyn said...

Happy Anniversary.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope y'all get to make time for a nice celebration for just the two of you. You deserve it after such a year!

Brittany said...

Happy anniversary! What beautiful words !:)

Mom24 said...

This was so beautiful Kat. Happy Anniversary.

Wow! You've certainly been through a lot this year, haven't you? It's amazing how much having someone by our side helps--even if we only see that in retrospect.

Hope you have fun tonight and get to go our and have some fun alone together soon. :)

tweetey30 said...

happy anniversary Kat and hubby.. Life takes us in different directions than when we were young.. go treat your self to some just photo's of you and him... Enjoy them and your day..

Kelly said...

Very beautiful. I wish you and your husband a wonderful anniversary and many years and many blessings to come.

Hattie said...

Happy Anniversary! We've been having a hard year too, but with God's help I know we'll make it through. Just like y'all! Hope y'all get to spend some "adult time" together soon!

ewe are here said...

Happy Anniversary.

Lovely, lovely post.

Rima said...

Congratulations! Here's to a glorious year ahead!

P.S. That picture is fabulous!

Dawn said...

You have had quite a year! I hope this next one isn't quite so stressful for you. Happy Anniversary to a gorgeous couple.

Elaine A. said...

SUCH a gorgeous couple, inside and out. Happy Anniversary.

(p.s. I ADORE this post...)

Lisa said...

beautiful post. and I get every word....it's harder, scarier, and so much better than you could have ever imagined :)

Hilary said...

Awww that's very sweet. Happy Anniversary, you two. Wishing you many, MANY more.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

What a gorgeous couple! Happy Anniversary!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Happy anniversary!!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You two sound perfectly priceless together--even more so over the years. Congratulations.

Burgh Baby said...

Happy Anniversary!

Krystyn said...

It wouldn't be perfect any other way, would it? Happy, happy anniversary.

And, maybe you'll get to have take out, in bed with Survivor on TV tonight!

Cassie said...

As usual, this is a super sweet post! Happy Anniversary!

Stephanie said...

I hope you guys had a blessed and wonderful anniversary! You make a beautiful couple and even more beautiful children! :) Much love!

Jill said...

Happy happy anniversary! Look how gorgeous you are!

Amazing what a difference 9 years makes... :)

Sara said...

What a great post! What a lot you have had to deal with. Happy Anniversary!

April said...

As I was reading your comparison between the "old" and "new" life I couldn't help thinking "Boy that new life sounds pretty great to me!" ;-) It's amazing how marriage and children changes your mind about what is FUN. Amazing and AWESOME. Happy Anniversary!

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson