Friday, March 14, 2014

11 Years!

Today Bryan and I are celebrating 11 years of marriage.  Yes.  We married on Pie Day (3.14).  And my husband loves math.  What can I say?  It was the day that worked best.

 He got leave approved between A School and reporting to his first duty station in San Diego.  My Grandpa's 80th birthday bash was on 3/15, so a bunch of family was already in town.

It was a crazy wedding.  Planned in a week.  Well, we knew for a while that we'd be getting married at some point, so some planning was done before.  But not much. I did have my dress though!

A cake.  A ring. A church.  So many decisions.  So little time.

But it was a blessing. 

And you know what?  A wedding is just for a day.  It was over in a few hours.  We made some memories.  Like having to call the Pastor back because he forgot to sign the marriage license.  And staying late with some of my family to clean up.

There were some things that we would have done differently if we'd had more time.  But that's okay.  The wedding event isn't the important part.  The marriage is.  

Our first three years we were mainly separated--Bryan in the Navy in California, Jayme and I in Washington so I could finish college.  I remember flying down to San Diego to celebrate our first anniversary.  With the top layer of our wedding cake (that had been in the freezer a year) in a shoe box as my carry-on.

I'm so thankful for my husband.  He's helped me to grow in so many ways.  He works really hard for our family, and puts in crazy hours of overtime helping us work towards our goal of being debt free.

So today, I'm going to celebrate with my husband.  He was able to take today and Monday off of work, so it'll be a nice long weekend.  We haven't had one of those for a while.  My parents have generously agreed to keep Owen overnight.  It'll be nice to get a good night's sleep.
 
I have porterhouse steak already to grill after the kids get tucked in for the night.  We'll watch a movie together. Maybe play some Wii. And celebrate another year of beating the odds.

We weren't supposed to make it you know.   We had a baby in high school.  We married at 19--too young for a successful marriage.  We survived a long distance relationship.  With my husband being in the Navy and deployed for a long period of time.

Here's to the way the Lord can change odds.  How he can take two sinners and bring them together in a marvelous way.  Here's to marriage!

Have a great weekend!

11 years of marriage, almost 14 years of togetherness, 6 kids, and lots of love!

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