Today is our 8th wedding anniversary (we are celebrating Wednesday and yes we did get married on Tyler's birthday and no it was not so he would be able to remember his anniversary- he would never forget regardless of when we got married). Eight years, I know it's not 20 or 50 but it's eight and I think that something to celebrate. They have been a busy and full eight years for us. we have moved 7 times (soon to be 8). We have four kids, owned two homes (almost sold two). We have learned from each other and grown from each other. We have our own inside jokes and know each others quirks. We know how to make each other laugh and smile and what pushes each others buttons. We really don't have a lot of "stuff" to show for these eight years but we have eight years worth of memories and a family that is worth so much more than it's weight in gold.
For some reason year seven has a bad reputation. In some ways it was a hard year for us as well. Not so much relationship wise but life threw us curve balls we were not expecting. There have been more nights of deep conversation this year than in years past. More stressful decision making. Heavier financial burdens, harder life path decisions. Some of these problems we dealt with like pros, other times we let stress get the better of us. All in all I think we came out ahead. I think the next challenges we will handle even better than these because we didn't just handle them we learned from them. We have been teasing each other the last few weeks saying things like "we better get all our disagreements in quick, the seven year is about to end". Seriously though, this last year has brought us a lot of joy. We welcomed Titus to the family, made great friends, lived close to family- so many good things.
I think that this next year of marriage is going to be a fun and exciting one. Our kids are at great ages. They keep us entertained and busy. We will be moving and embracing a new city with new people. Mostly though it will be another year to build our lives together. I love being married and couldn't have asked for a better man to share my life with. Best decision I ever made happened eight years ago today- Happy Anniversary!