Friday, February 28, 2014

10 Years

Today, Ryan and I have been married for 10 years. TEN!

It feels like such a huge accomplishment, and yet, such a short time in the grand scheme of things. Ten years ago, we were babies stepping out on this journey we knew nothing about—totally, and completely in love, but also oblivious to all of the facets of marriage.
I think it's appropriate that the traditional gift for a 10th anniversary is tin or aluminum—its qualities synonymous with the flexibility and durability a successful marriage takes.
Today and every day, Ryan is still the love of my life, and I am so happy I chose him (and he chose me) to go on this crazy ride. These first ten years have been wonderful, they've been hard, they've been life-changing and life-shaping—they've been so many things that I couldn't possibly post all of them here.

And yet, I felt compelled to capture this day, to remember it and all the days that have come before.

10 years
2 Masters degrees
9 vacations
2 kids
6 job changes
2 addresses
Dozens of "firsts"
Countless sleepless nights
Not enough "days of nothing,"
but always enough love.

I want to lay ten years worth of moments out before us and look back with our rose-colored glasses off, knowing that the wise choices and the silly mistakes have all led us to where we are now—our perfectly imperfect life together. There is no where else I'd rather be.