My husband and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and I had to blog and reflect on this milestone.
As a kid, 10 years seemed like forever. Think about it. That’s all of middle school, high school and college. WHAT???
These past 10 went by so fast, I feel like we just met. There are still things we are learning about each other and stories we haven’t shared. He still makes me laugh more than anyone on the planet and we have so much fun together, just the two of us.
We got married young, 23 and 24, and the world was such a different place.
Guys, we had disposable cameras at the tables at our wedding. That was still a thing. There were no Facebook pictures, no wedding hashtags and certainly no Pinterest.
In those 10 years, we’ve grown up together.
We’ve lived in two different houses and an apartment; we’ve made lasting friendships, as well as lost friends; we’ve went clubbing, thrown great parties and made memories that could fill pages upon pages; we’ve been there for friends and family as they got married, divorced, had babies, moved away; we’ve gone on super memorable vacations to places like New York City and Disney World; we’ve watched every season of Survivor and a million other shows together; we’ve changed jobs and started businesses; we’ve worked through times when money was tight and times when money was right; we’ve done house renovations and projects; we’ve spent time crying together and countless hours laughing together and so much more.
For the first five years it was just us and we lived it up. But now, we have two boys that are the light of our lives and our greatest loves.
They have helped us grow up, become more caring and understanding, more patient and loving. Being parents is one of our favorite jobs and even though it’s not easy, it’s the best decision we ever made.
We’ve grown both personally and in our relationship. Our personalities and values are the same, but we are more mature and better spouses to one another because we know what makes the other happy. He’s never going to fill out school paperwork and I’m not going to clean the shower. We do what works best for our marriage. It always comes first.
Faith, family, friends, football, fun. That pretty much sums us up. We believe in God and the power of this union, we have strong and fantastic families and friends that always support and love us, we love football and even though we root for different teams, we respect the other, and we seriously have a blast together.
Man, we just have so much fun. Whether it’s a dance party with the kids or trading witty comments at the right moment. We just came back from a trip to Atlantic City to celebrate this 10 year anniversary and we went out clubbing Thursday night. We sent our friends a Snap and one responded, “I love that you guys still club it up.”
Hell yeah. Why not? Being serious is boring. We will continue to go out and dance and drink and meet people and love life as long as they keep letting us in. LOL.
We are both always up for anything and will embarrass or make fun of ourselves to make others laugh. We love to see smiles on the faces around us. There is nothing better. We just fit. We’re similar in the right ways and balance each other out in the differences.
I’ve introduced him to coffee and books. He’s introduced me to fantasy football and thrifting.
There’s never been a day that an ‘I love you’ hasn’t passed our lips. We say it multiple times a day and mean it more and more every single time.
We still leave notes for one another. A Post-It on his work clothes, a typewritten note in my work folder. We text each other when our wedding song comes on the radio or Snapchat a hilarious filter while sitting right beside each other.
I can say, I am so lucky to have found my husband. He is my soulmate and best friend and yes, of course, drives me crazy. But, we love with a passion. No argument is ever that bad and nothing is too tough to get through. Love conquers all.
I knew him for 6 weeks when we got engaged. If I’m being honest, I knew after 2 hours that he was THE ONE. The first night, the first conversation. That is all it took.
For all my readers, single – engaged – married: believe in LOVE. If it hasn’t happened for you yet, I pray it will find you. It is never, ever too late. Don’t let age or circumstance fool you.
If you’ve found love, never let it go. And always work to keep it strong.
I can’t wait to celebrate the next 10 and the next 10 and the next 10 with this man.
Our story is my favorite story.
J, thank you for being the love of my life and the one to walk with me on this journey of life. I LOVE YOU.
Comparison pics below. Two from our honeymoon in AC in 2006 and two from our recent trip in 2016. We still do the model shot pic, because hey, it’s a tradition. Can’t stop now.
I think we look a little different, but still super in love. 🙂
Tell me your advice to a lasting marriage or relationship. I want to hear your stories!
Congrats Tara to you and Justin! Beautifully written (no surprise) about a beautiful union. I still remember the day you came into the office and said you had met “the one.” How right you were1
Awww. Thank you, Paul!!! You were my first mentor and someone I learned so much from. Your words mean everything!