Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Made it to 8 years

Happy Anniversary, M. Go Team!

Today's our 8th anniversary. I went back to see what I wrote about our 7th last year, and I didn't even post for a few days around it. But I suppose I'm not surprised after all. The last two anniversaries have not been all that happy, actually a little painful. So the fact that I'm posting is good, I guess, and the day looks promising. Is it about the day itself? No, of course not.

This year the achievement is that we've spent the whole year together, as a family, working toward the same goals, and re-learning how to be married in a much healthier way. We've got a long way to go, but we've come SO far from the darkest days. There have been alot of things happening this past year, but we've made it through pretty well.

Today we're going to work on the house and go to dinner this evening. M offered to do some honey-do type things that are not his favorite, so that's very helpful. We'll get some things done that need to be, and that sure sounds good to me.

It's no small thing these days to be committed to a marriage. We've made it to this point with the help of many and in spite of a few. I had to find a new me in order to get here and remain sane. It's no longer about being a pushover or look-the-other-way kind of wife. I'm committed to this family. I have found a strength, and a balance between patience and courage. I pray to maintain that balance every night. I've still got alot to learn, but the future looks brighter than the past, and that's all I can ask for. I've learned not to take the little things for granted any longer.

God has given us countless little miracles to bring us back to this place. Here's to another positive year.

19 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary and congrats on making it through another year. We've had our ups and downs and in-betweens too in the last 14 1/2 yrs, sometimes it was rough-but always worth it. I commend you and your husband for not just throwing in the towel and walking away. I hope this is the first day of a terrific year together :)

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  2. Congrats to another year and a fresh start! Nobody said marriage was easy and I'm glad all that hard work is paying off for the two of you. May you have many more wonderful days ahead of you!

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  3. Congrats on 8 years and happy anniversary. Enjoy your dinner and I sure hope you feel better (physically) soon. ---Jen

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  4. Eight years. Amazing. 11:11 am just passed, but here's a "belated" happy anniversary from the preacher who looked at his watch and said, "Now I pronounce..."!

    So glad for the progress and commitment you talk about in the post.

    I hate to be so truthful, but one of these days you'll turn around and Braska will be grown (as will lil sis and all those other kids) and you'll say, where did our days as a young couple go??????????????

    This old man speaks from experience.....ENJOY AND MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY DAY!

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  5. Congratulations, Honey! We're proud of you (as always). Hope you got the actual card this time, and that another one didn't get lost in the mail :o) Wish I were up there to keep Braska while you're out :o) Love you!!

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  6. Happy anniversary guys...my favorite marriage advice: marriage is a strange and wonderful commitment - she's wonderful and he's strange!

    That piece of advice always makes me smile in the rough spots!

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  7. Happy Anniversary. I'd say you've had quite the FULL year. Strength to you!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! Hope the year coming is even better than the year past! Have fun at dinner :)

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  9. Happy anniversary - 8 years is a long time! It sounds like you two are willing to work hard and be strong in your marriage. Good for you! I wish you many happy years ahead.

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  10. Congrats to you both! So glad this day is one to celebrate and look back on the year as one of growth and blessings and to a future together with your two beautiful blessings!

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  11. Yippeee! Congrats on your anniversary. You share this date with my parents who are celebrating 41 years! Much the same as you; they credit patience (and courage).

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  12. I am glad you two are together and have the commitment to keep going! Happy Anniversary. I love you both! Aunt Valerie

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  13. Happy Anniversary. Marriage isn't easy and whoever says it is lies like a cheap rug.. I have been married for 10 years and with my husband for 13 years. We have had our moments, but I watched a memeber of my family go through 3 marriages and I decided I was going to do what ever it takes to make this work. I am very happy for you and M.. He is a cool guy and I wish the best for you and your family.. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY again.

    The Poynters:)

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  14. Happy 8th anniversary!! (We hit 8 yrs this year too!) Glad to hear you were able to get out and have dinner together!

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  15. hmmmm, I'm so with you! In fact I could've almost written this myself, except for the fact that I do not have that way with words that you have...
    "The future looks brighter than the past and that's all I can ask for" - Amen to that! I admire your strength, and love your patience; they are both very obviously God-given.
    Happy Anniversary, my friend! And may I say you look beautiful in the picture above this post...
    Blooming in fact - pregnancy suits you :o)

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