Five Years Later

I remember watching the sunset over the ocean from the balcony of our bungalow in Belize and talking about what we thought we’d be doing in five years.

I remember saying that my goal was to be able to fit into my wedding dress. Shortsighted much? We had no idea where we’d really be a few years later. We thought maybe we’d have some kids, maybe we’d travel a bit, move to another state or country.

Here we are, five years later.

We haven’t made a big move and there is no way I could zip up my wedding dress right now. We have however, traveled and have two beautiful, healthy babies.

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We’ve had some sad times, some mad times, some frustrating times, but more times that have been filled with love and happiness than I could have imagined on that balcony.

I still look forward to Josh coming home at the end of the day, miss him when we have to travel apart, and am 100% sure I picked the right man to spend my life with. These past five years have been pretty amazing and I’m so blessed.

I love you Josh. Happy 5th Anniversary!

The Fourth Year

Happy Anniversary to the love of my life. I’m sorry ladies, but I may just have the best husband out there. My life isn’t filled with grand romantic gestures all the time, nor flowers and candy. It is however filled with love, appreciation, understanding and a husband that shows me he loves me in his own ways every day.

I know a lot of people say the first year of marriage is the most challenging because you’re adjusting to life as a unit where you have to consider someone else rather than just doing your thing all the time. That may be true for some, but I think the challenging year is actually the first after having a baby. It is a big adjustment.

With our first full year of parenthood now under our belt, I can see how it can break couples.  I often feel just as I’m excelling as a mother, I’m failing as a wife and visa versa. It’s a very delicate balance that I’m still working on. Being a parent and continuing to be a couple and not just parents is hard. It’s stressful and exhausting but overwhelming rewarding. I’m glad that we focused on us before we started our family. It gave us time to experience things together, grow up, grow in love, mature and have fun. Not that all the fun is over by any means. It’s just a different kind of fun.

I may not have all the answers. I know I don’t, but what I do know is that though we may no longer be as hot and steamy as we once were, be able to fly of to Europe at a moment’s notice, or get all the alone we’d like, I love my life. I am so blessed and so lucky to have this wonderful man who I adore in my life.

Whether Josh knows it or not, every day I love him a little bit more. Marrying him was the best decision I’ve ever made.