As I mentioned, Jeremy and I celebrated our fourth anniversary last week. It doesn't seem like it's been four years... it actually seems like it should be much longer. Wait...I don't mean that the way it sounds! What I mean is that it's hard to imagine a time when Jeremy wasn't a part of my life. It just feels so right that we are together as a family, like this is the way it's always been.
In all actuality, we have really been together eight years, which IS a long time to me.
We have done a lot of growing up together. Although we were in college and felt all grown up when we met, there was a long way to go. Looking back, I realize we were only twenty when started dating, which now seems a lot younger than it did back then. (Funny how young the 20s seem as I get closer to the 30s!)
We have experienced a lot in eight years, but thankfully we have been blessed with relatively peaceful lives. We did the college thing... got jobs... got engaged... got a dog... got married... got new jobs... bought a house... got another dog... got pregnant... had twins... survived the first several weeks... finally slept again... sold our house... moved back to my hometown... bought a new house... got rid of our dogs... celebrated surviving the first year with twins... and finally settled into a new normal as a family of four. You know, the usual!
In all seriousness, we are truly, truly blessed. Our lives may seem boring to some, but we love it. Of course we argue (or bicker, I would say, and it's never over anything major); we get frustrated with home, work, or life in general and we have our moments when nothing seems to be going right. But we love each other, we love our family, and we love our God above all else. I went into marriage knowing that it's not always easy and it takes a lot of work...but when those key pieces are in place, everything else will just follow. There are hard moments, but I haven't really found OUR marriage to be that hard at all. When everything else seems hopeless, my marriage is my refuge. I have a husband who loves me, loves our family, and is on my side when the world is against me. What more could I ask for?
These past few years, and the last two years in particular (pregnancy, babies, sleepless nights, hormones, etc.), have made our relationship stronger than ever. We have more to fight for now, and you better believe I'm in it for the long haul... As someone said recently, there's NO freakin' WAY you're leaving me alone with these kids!!
(Happy Anniversary, Jeremy! Love you!!)