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Thursday, January 15, 2009

8 Years

So I am really....REALLY....late on this, but Matthew and I celebrated our 8-year anniversary on December 26th. Yup - almost a month ago - but it's been, well, busy since then and I haven't had a chance to blog about it yet. :) We got married almost straight out of high school - yes, HS sweethearts - and it's working out really well for us. :) Sure, PLENTY of people have let us know that those kinds of marriages are destined to fail - but we don't believe that to be the case. Not that we're "special" or that our relationship is perfect, because BELIEVE me - we've been through some hard times. But we are both in this thing for the long haul - and I can honestly say to you today that I am the luckiest girl around. :) I married my best friend and he is STILL my best friend. (Sure, we haven't always liked each other these 8 years, but what friends don't go through tough times when they're together 24-7??) :)

Anyway, this year Matthew surprised me and we went North a little ways to Amelia Island - stayed at the Ritz Carlton. WOWEE! What a beautiful hotel - and even though our stay was short (we only had one night because of other obligations) - we had a great time! For the first time in a LONG time we just sat around talking. We played checkers (I beat him!) and chinese checkers (he beat me...) and then pool - and for all my trying, he beat me at pool both times. :) Considering how bad we BOTH are at pool, you can imagine how long both games took for one of us to FINALLY win. :) (FYI - if you want to stay at one of the Ritz hotels, do it around that time of year - it's CHEAP! because the place is empty! - compartatively speaking of course - it is no Motel 6 . . . ) :)

So we had a really nice time together - sans kids - and then hurried home the next day to attend the wedding of some friends. :) They've just started out on the journey that Matthew and I did - almost exactly 8 years later. :) I look forward to hearing their thoughts on marriage in 8 years - knowing them though, they've got a PRETTY good grip on marriage even now - and I know God has great things for them in the future.

OK - this is turning into a book. So yesterday I had a few extra minutes and went through some pictures that Heather took almost a year ago. I've never had the time (or taken the time!) to go through and edit them - and I'm wanting some pictures for our walls. Sure, neither of us look like this anymore . . . Matthew has a beard and my hair is, well, gone . . . but that doesn't really matter to me. Neither of us look "great" by any means (our fault, not Heathers - ha!), but these pictures are the only pictures I have of Matthew and I that we look remotely good - again, Heather's skilz ROCK - it's the subject that needs work. Our wedding pictures were OK, but nothing I'd hang on my wall. And since then, one or both of us has been behind the camera - so THANK YOU to Heather, because now I have SOMETHING! :)

OK book over. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming!

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5 comments:

Esther Meisel said...

so the first one has the "mona lisa" smile in it.

IVMarz said...

awwww... whatever. You two look so in love. #2 captures Matt checking out your... you know. I love you both and am so glad you have both put in the work to make your marriage not only work, but thrive. Gives me hope :o)

Markus and Sarah said...

Love the pics. You are so beautiful. (As is your hubby.) Happy late anniversary.

eba said...

No need to excuse these photos, they are really great! You both look so good! (You must feel really safe next to your husband ;) Big and strong... :) Happy late aniversary! We too will celebrate 8 years soon... in april... gosh <3

Kate said...

LOVE THEM, y'all look so great!! Happy Anniversary, friends!! How ya feelin? Love to you! xoxo