Four years ago, we said our I do's and made a promise that no matter what life threw at us, we'd walk the journey side by side.
We were honored that people had come - literally - from all over the world to celebrate with us
Pretty sure this face was because I'd dropped the rosary the priest had just blessed.
You know how they say the day flies by? I think this is one of the few moments I really remember
Two years in, we decided there was no better way to celebrate a wedding anniversary than to purchase your first home together. It'd been a long time coming. We signed our lives away on a million dotted lines and I smiled each time I dated the papers 9/27. It was meant to be and a special day indeed. I'm pretty sure once we had the keys to the house, we popped a bottle of champagne and drank it out of plastic cups sitting on the floor. Not quite the fancy candlelit dinner most would celebrate with, but then again, if you know us, we're not necessarily your conventional couple.
And last year, it was the first anniversary of The Anniversary Home. We celebrated by reminiscing on how much we'd accomplished together in the house. We'd spent a year focusing so much on the physical home - all the blood, sweat and tears (and there were plenty of tears) were certainly worth it - but only learned in hindsight that we were really investing so much in us. The house had become a physical metaphor for what we'd built in our relationship and what we hoped for as husband and wife.
But little did you all know that on this day last year, Rich was living in another state, starting a new job, and I was tasked with selling The Anniversary Home. Talk about a 180. It wasn't an easy decision, but as we've reflected on all the changes this past year, we know wholeheartedly, without a shadow of doubt, we made the right decision.
So, once again, we spent last night reflecting on everything we'd accomplished together this year:
Mr. B started a fantastic new job and is loving it
Survived - even thrived - while living apart for 3 months
SOLD The Anniversary Home and made out pretty well considering the circumstances
Made our way to a new town, met new friends and established a new life
BOUGHT a new home
Found out we'd be welcoming Baby B in 2012
And adopted these two precious puppies
2012 has been good to us and we're grateful for the many blessings we've received this past year.
So how will we celebrate this year? Like I said, we're not your typical couple. Today, Mr. B is off to Spain for a boys golfing weekend. I told you I'm a GOOD wife - but all jokes aside - he's more than deserving of some R&R and it's the Kinsale Cup for goodness sakes! And on this side of the pond, Mama H. and I will spend the weekend working on the nursery, resting at home (hello swollen ankles!) and being generally entertained by Clemmie and Dixie. I really wouldn't have it any other way.
Happy Anniversary Mr. B. I can't wait for what the next year has in store for us...