Friday, November 1, 2013

16 Years

Today Mat and I celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary.  I don't know where the time has gone.  16 years went by really fast.  8 moves, 6 states, 3 kids and 2 dogs later we have so many memories.

It rained the day we got married.  Of course 1 million people to me that it is lucky when it rains on your wedding day.  That is just to keep the bride from freaking out.  The sun did come out enough for us to get some outdoor pictures, and we survived.  When you get married in November in the north, you take your chances with the weather.

Mat and I chose November 1st because the number 1 has special meaning in our relationship.  We started dating on March 1st, 1991.  We got engaged on May 1st, 1996.  And so it was destined to be married on the first of the month.  In 1997, the only 1st that was a Saturday, was November 1st.  So, we went with it.

I spent today looking at our wedding album.  We truly look like kids.  We were 22/23 years old when we got married - very young.  We waited 5 years before we had our first child.  Now at ages 38/39 (gasp), with a few more pounds and a few more wrinkles, it is hard to imagine starting all of this over again.

I think the best thing about our relationship is that we were friends first. We met 22 years ago in high school and started dating soon after.  At age 15/16 we had no idea what was in store for us in the future.  We quickly became best friends and made that the most important aspect of our relationship.  We became comfortable just being with each other.  And we continue to be each other's best friend.  We don't need to surround ourselves with constant people to be entertained.  We have always enjoyed each other's company enough. 

16 years of marriage is but a drop in the bucket of what is ahead for us.  My grandparents have been married for 60 years and my parents for 40.  We have so many wonderful things yet to do in this life, and I would not want anyone else beside me for the journey.  He make every day worth while.

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