Seven years ago today, on a rainy day in Tuscaloosa, I married my best friend in the whole wide world.
If you had told me what the next seven years would bring, I might have told you that you were nuts. Job changes, interstate moves, babies, trying, wishing, hoping. It's been a roller coaster.
But isn't that what life is? One big roller coaster? I think that's how it's meant to be. It's exciting and fun and a little bit overwhelming sometimes. I love it, and there's nobody else I'd rather navigate it with than this guy.
We work at marriage. Those picture-perfect marriages you see in movies that always agree and never argue - hate to burst your bubble, but those don't exist. Marriage is one of the most challenging things I've ever experienced...and I say that in a positive way. It's challenged me and shaped me into the person I am today, and I am so grateful for the experience.
Above all, I'm just thankful for the chance to experience life with this guy. He gets me, and I get him. We're both a little quirky, but we complement each other so well. I wonder all the time what somebody would think if they could be a fly on the wall in our house for one day - they'd probably think the two of us are nuts. But we work, so so well.
And oh, don't even get me started on how great of a daddy he is. Man he's good with that little girl. They're buddies. Seeing him as a daddy has changed our marriage so much, in the absolute best way. While we don't think our family is complete yet (disclaimer: not pregnant), it's complete for now...and just so much better than I ever imagined it being.
Happy anniversary to my best guy. Hope you've enjoyed the first seven years as much as I have - and I hope you're ready for the next seventy!
Photos courtesy Thomas Dorough, INVision Photography, Kelly's Kreations Photography