On November 12,1995 two best friends were married. Today is our wedding anniversary. Today is the day 18 years ago Tommy and I became Mr. and Mrs. I don’t mean to sound corny but I am proud of us. I don’t know what the future will hold but the past 18 years seemed to fly by. I remember us lying on the beach on our honeymoon saying we should save up to go back to Hawaii on our 10th anniversary. 10 years seemed so very far away. We had no idea Thomas would be who he is nor did we have a clue we would have had 4 children. Thomas was born that following July.
Speaking matter of fact, I’d have to say Thomas was our greatest challenge during our marriage. We had no idea what we were dealing with during those early days. We were young and he was our first child. I know we were guided by the Holy Spirit. I know because there is no way we made it through through that time in our own strength.
I’m excited to celebrate 18 years. I know it’s not a “milestone” like 20 or 25 years but it’s a milestone nonetheless. I can’t say I never thought we would make it this long, I didn’t think that at all. To be honest aside from our honeymoon and mentioning the wish to come back to Hawaii in “10 years” we never discussed future anniversaries or how we would celebrate them. Maybe that’s how we get by; putting one foot in front of the other and not taking the next day or year for granted. I know raising a child like Thomas had that effect on me personally as I never know what the next moment would bring never mind the next day, week or year. I took one day at a time with him, sometimes one hour at a time especially when his behavior was challenging.
I love my husband probably more now than I did 18 years ago. We were 25 years old when we said, “I do”. I believe we have both grown as people and I know Tommy has taught me so much. About myself and about the world in general. I only hope I’ve taught him something as well.