Monday, December 19, 2011

8 years ago today, I married.......

..........a stranger. I remember calling my older brother to tell him I was getting married and his exasperated response was, "To who? Cesar?" {the guy I was dating before}. It'll remain a mystery if he really didn't know who my current boyfriend was or if he was making a point. But after 3 1/2 months of dating, 2 months of engagement...he was all mine. Thank goodness that the both of us apparently have a knack for picking strangers.... who would end up being an impeccable companion? I'll take it.

I was thinking back to "the beginning" and felt myself getting a little embarrassed at the immaturity of the relationship, our shallow understanding of the inclusive definition of marriage at the time. I recognized the progress we've made since then. I think in doing that, it sparked an 'ah-ha!' wasn't immaturity per se all those years ago, it was simply the starting line. If I looked back and didn't feel a comparative sense of immaturity and shallowness, THAT would be a problem. Because it would hint at a lack of growth. And that's really my goal in all of this...growth, slowly pressing forward toward a better me, a better us. So there's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about! It's not so important our current stationary point on the graph, but rather the direction we're headed.  I think the path we're on has us moving upward and- with no comparison necessary- that leaves me satisfied.  That, and the fact...that he's definitely no longer a stranger.
{PS Doesn't it kinda look like Yosh is coming at me with a windpipe or something?!!}
{PSS You're not getting sick of this sweater yet, are you?}

Of course we'll be celebrating. At home. With 4 kids. And cereal and milk. Unless one of us has a baby-sitter and surprise up their sleeve. I don't. But Yosh, you still got time...!


  1. happy anniversary! another great post, too.

    and i, for one, cannot get enough of that sweater. :)

  2. Happy anniversary!! I didn't realize it was right before Christmas! I'm crossing my fingers for you Yosh has something up his sleeve :) PS I love the sweater!

  3. Happy Anniversary!

    I married a stranger too! ha! :) Met, less than two months of dating we got engaged, and less than 4 months of an engagement, got married!
    We're at almost 9 years!!!!

    Have a happy day!

  4. Happy anniversary!!! You guys are great, I just wish we got to see more of you! Hope it was a great day celebrating, whether out or with the kids and cereal and milk!


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