Monday, August 24, 2009
18 years and counting!
This pic was taken 18 years ago today. It was a fun, small (200) country wedding...I got to the point where I just wanted to get through it; if I really understood what it all meant or how happy we'd be together, I would have appreciated it more.
We honeymooned in Hawaii, mostly on the Big Island.
This is for any junior blog readers....DO NOT live together before marriage. We waited, old-school style. After the honeymoon we couldn't wait to get home and set up shop. I already owned a house before we were married; now it was time to move AnnaMarie in. It was a tiny house in the woods and quite romantic. Our first meal together there---I made AM a tuna melt with her initials on it. It sort of felt like we were 'playing house', and at night, she didn't have to leave. That good feeling is still there for us. I imagine if you're already living together before the wedding, after it's all done and over you come back to the same old thing, except now with the commitment.
AnnaMarie gets prettier every year. She's given me three GREAT kids, and runs a fun, efficient household. We go on frequent dates and at least one get-away every year.
If you get in the habit of always looking for new reasons to love your significant other, you'll find those reasons. If you reflect those things back to them, you both come out ahead. (We've learned to avoid couples that publicly degrade each other. You really think you can insult somebody into a better person?)
Happy Anniversary, AM. Thanks for showing me what love is.