Thursday, August 28, 2008

Double Happiness





( symbolic of weddings and wedding celebrations)

Fifteen years ago today, we said "I do".

We survived the wedding planning (you were smart, leaving most of it to me).

We survived the marriage course (wasn't that fun attending it with the girl who was crushing on you in university, there with her fiance).

And after the crazy weekend of celebrations, where we made our grand entrance in through the out door to the lovely strains of the theme from "The Young and the Restless"...




and the following evening you killed them with your karaoke capabilities (Elvis not once, twice, but three times?)





...we settled into married life.

What did that mean for us? Finally living in the same city. Together. Condo living by the market. Being able to stroll to the skating rink by the lake; to walk to see Iggy Pop in concert. Enjoying downtown living as a carefree twosome. And both working in the burbs. Kind of ironic. Family wasn't in the plans for a couple of years yet.

And when those plans went awry; when the carefully constructed Type A life-plan was blown away by the cruel fate? You were my strength; following my lead when I needed to be followed, but enveloping me with encouragement, optimism and love; pulling me along when I felt I couldn't do it any longer.

Life is so full of unknowns.
But You knew.

And you still know.

As do I.

The one thing in life that I am absolutely certain of, is how lucky I am. To have you, our children, our marriage. How lucky indeed.

Happy Anniversary.
Shiny Double Happy Family

28 comments:

Immoral Matriarch said...

Happy Anniversary!!

C. K. said...

This, Karen, is sooooo romantic.

C. K. said...

Oh, I almost to say -- Happy Anniversary!

Melissa said...

What a fabulous thing to say!

Happy Anniversary!

Kami said...

Aw, that was so sweet, I love it!

Happy Anniversary you two!

justmiss said...

I got chills reading this! Happy Anniversary to both of you!

You were a beautfiul bride. And that waste line?? Would kill for it!

Cherry said...

Awww! What a lovely message. Make me feel like I need to go smooch my hubby.

Happy Anniversary!

Kathryn said...

Oh lovely, lovely tribute to your marriage.
Happy Anniversary!!!

drowninginlaundry said...

Your hubby got cuter with age - which is nice. Congrats you two!

Christy said...

Awwww, happy Anniversary! Hope you celebrate well :)

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Happy Anniversary. Love the gorgeous photos of your wedding. :)

My favorite thing about being married is the feeling that there's a partner here for me, looking in the same directions though sometimes taking slightly different paths...someone who has my back, is always on my side, who supports me no matter what life throws at us. I sense that same strong feeling in you two. It makes me glad for you.

Ginaagain said...

Such a beautiful Shiny Double Happy Family you all are! Happy Anniversary.

Rima said...

Awe, congratulations you guys! Shiny double happy family, I love it! And you are :)

kailani said...

Happy Anniversary! It's so interesting to look back and see what your life was like before. You have such a beautiful family!

Shamelessly Sassy said...

Happy Anniversary!

Jocelyn said...

I love the label on this post, about this being your blog and you'll drip if you want to.

You make all of us want to drip right along with you. Congratulations.

Colleen said...

Truly lovely. Happy Anniversary!

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary!

Kimmylyn said...

I love love love the pictures..

and Happy Anniversary Karen!!! mwah!

Jeff said...

Awww, that's awesome. Happy Anniversary Karen!

gmcountrymama said...

Happy Anniversary!
OOH, I'm jealous that you saw Iggy Pop in concert.

bec said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!! Sounds like you had a great celebration in NOTL (from a previous post).

Now I know what that symbol means!! I have always wondered and didn't know how to google it. My grandparents had that symbol up in their kitchen. I thought it might relate to cooking and food! or something to do with Gemini the astrology sign...Needless to say they went on to have 62 years of a wonderful marriage--and I wish the same quality and as much or more quantity for you both!!!!

louann said...

Happy Happy Anniversary Karen!!

Kat said...

Beautiful. Congratulations. Happy Anniversary!

Maggie, Dammit said...

Awwwwwww!

Happy Anniversary!

What a beautiful family. :)

dkuroiwa said...

I just love stuff like this! :-D
Happy Anniversary to you and that man of yours...the adventure that we take ourselves on is always a little better...a little more fun with a great traveling partner!! May you have many more great years of "traveling"!!

foolery said...

A perfectly-planned life would bore most of us to tears. Here's to the curves in life. It sounds like you have navigated them well.

-- Laurie @ Foolery

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Happy Anniversary!

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