First, I want to say a big happy anniversary to my husband. Ten years ago today, we made the biggest commitment of our lives in front of family, friends and God. It was the best and easiest decision I have ever made.
It’s crazy to think that it has been ten years. I mean, we were babies. Babies, I tell you! Looking back, I think what the heck was the rush?!?! I know we would without a doubt marry each other all over again, but really-what was the rush!
I insisted on a cathedral length veil, because there was just no other choice-not for me! And I love how terrified we look in the one picture! I am thinking at this point it was sinking in that we were really getting married!
Wedding photos by Ray Kauffman (and might I add this was before digital pics)
I feel like we grew up with each other, almost. If you think about it, getting married in your early twenties is young. Although you think you are an adult and so grown up, there is still so much growing up and maturing to do. We did that with each other.
You guys, marriage is hard. It is work. It is essentially another job (along with parenting). I don’t mean that to sound negative at all, because I don’t intend for it to be negative. But, it is work. Like with anything at your job, or just in life in general, you get out what you put in.
I always used to think love was just a feeling, but after being married for ten years, I think it is more than just a feeling, it’s also a choice. I choose to love my husband everyday. I choose to live this life with him, and experience everything with him- the good, the bad, the happy, the sad. I am lucky enough that he chooses to love me, live his life with me.
My love has changed too, since we have gotten married. I don’t love him any less by any means, it’s just different-better, more, deeper. With all that we have experienced-moves, new jobs, no jobs, children, your love kind of evolves as your life does.
Through the every day triumphs, through the marriage growing pains, through the milestones, the heartaches, the victories, the laughs, the tears, I choose him. I choose love. I choose our family, our life.
Besides, I don’t have a better time with anyone other than him. No one makes me laugh like he can. It’s amazing to think how many years we have been lucky enough to spend together. (and might I add we have the most amazing family and friends as great support systems and role models for what a great, healthy marriage is!)
I love looking back at pictures of us over the years and seeing how much we have changed (more me than him…I am certain he looks exactly the same!). Our family picture has changed so much over the years, too and I just love it! It has only gotten better and better, that’s for certain!
Our first family picture as a family of three. When Ella was a toddler and just the cutest thing ever (photo by KM Photography). Little Miss Charlotte making her entrance, and as just a tiny newborn (photo by Ken Bruggeman)
He has my heart, has given me the best years of my life, my biggest accomplishments-I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world. I love you so much, Ryan! Happy anniversary. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years (and more) hold for us!
Photo by Ken Bruggeman