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Once a bride, always a bride.

I had this overwhelming urge to write a blog post today about something other than wedding anniversary.  Nine years ago today I married the love of my life.  I felt (and still feel) so honored, humbled-plus thousands of other adjectives-that he asked me to be his wife.  Soooo many people come in and out of our lives and I just couldn't understand why the universe didn't want me to be with anyone "good" and then there he was.  I can say this now  because I am no longer embarrassed or ashamed of my crazy roller coaster of feelings that was other relationships, but I almost called it quits 3 times before he popped the question.  I know it sounds insane, but he was just too awesome, too perfect, too normal, it just didn't seem like he was right for me.  Me= Total.  Weirdo.  I stuck it out though cause my heart wouldn't let me quit out of fear.  I was in love and there was nothing more wonderfully amazing than that.  We quickly became best friends and he taught me so much about myself.  How not to run away from my feelings (like running to the bathroom to cry because I didn't want to deal with a disagreement).  How to come out of my shell and say what I feel (I bet he regrets that one!).  The most important thing that he's brought to the surface is to be my self because he loves me for ME.  I know who I was when we got married, but I like who I am now more than ever because I am true to me.  It certainly helps having someone give you support and unconditional love EVERY day of your life.  Do we argue?  Of course.  Do we fight?  No...way.  I respect him too much for that craziness--and vice versa.  Some days it's difficult because we are different and trying to get our points across can be quite challenging. :)  BUT when in doubt my love always says, "I like that we are opposite, we balance each other out."  And, y'all...he is SO right.  He loves my quirky/artsy side, just as much as I love his studious/analytical side.   What keeps things even is that we agree on the important things like our love, our kids, our family life, and so much more.

To make things a little more fun for this post, I decided to take photos of me in my wedding dress!  Selfies I didn't take in 2005 because we didn't do that so much back then.  I have a ceremonial dose of nostalgia every year when I try on my dress.  Some years it's a little big, some years...a little tight.  The only years I didn't get to try it on were when I was preggo with my first and when I was one month postnatal with my second.  I wasn't about to do that to myself. ha!  And heeeeeeere we go!

It fits! 

Gettin' artsy up in here.

Mwaaaaaaaaaaa!  (love you babe!)

Wedding date photo bomb! :)

Happy anniversary, babe...thank you for 9 wonderful years of marriage.  Through ups, downs and all-arounds, you have been my best friend, my rock, and most importantly my love.  I can't imagine a life without you in it.  As cheesy as it sounds, you complete me.  :)   I love our family and all that we've created through kindness, friendship, and love.
 I love you to the moon and back times infinity. :)



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