Tuesday, August 17, 2010

14 Years!!

Fouteen years ago today I married my best friend! I can't believe that it has been that long already, not that that is a long time but, sometimes it feels like yesterday that we started on our journey together!

And what a journey it has been so far! I was a Junior in college when we met and he was living in his own home and already started on a career. We met through an old boyfriend that I had who didn't take so well to the news that we were dating! Actually, he wasn't the only person that did not like the fact that we were dating. A few made it known that they thought that I was making a mistake. It probably didn't help that we met in Oct 1994, engaged in May of 1995 and married August 1996.

However, I took the chance and I listened to my heart and it couldn't have been any more right! He makes me laugh everyday and is the most patient man with me and believe me his patience has been tested it!! Our marriage has not always been roses and sunshine. Eight months before we were to get married his brother was in a terrible accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. The emotions were all over and at times I thought I was losing him.
Our love overcame.

Then about five years into our marriage that love was tested again, this time by my own heart and hand. He was patient with me and never faltered.
Our bond only grew stronger.

After the birth of our second child I really pushed the envelope! Five days after the birth I suffered a heart attack and had an emergency double by-pass. I was minutes from leaving my beloved husband and children behind, which to this day (it has been 4 1/2 years) still brings tears to my eyes and a panic to my heart. God bless great doctors!! We survived another bump in the road and once again our bond became stronger.

I cannot thank him enough and tell him how much I love him. As crazy as I am and how I constantly change things in front of his eyes, he patiently allows me to express myself and never tells me "I told you so" when I fail. He supports me and loves me with all his heart, something that sometimes I take for granted.

It is sometimes hard to see how these two people that married 14 years ago, seemed to have lived a lifetime already and

have come through their adversities to produce this crazy and beautiful family that I am so very grateful and blessed to have. I would not change anything that has happened along the way and I welcome the future and what it holds, no matter how good or bad.

Thank you my love from the very bottom of my heart for marrying me and staying with me on this roller coaster ride called our life!!

Yours forever and always!


Rene said...

Happy anniversary Michelle! Wow, a double by-pass, and you are so young. You look like the picture of health to me. Great pictures!


Salt Water Taffy said...

What a beautiful story of love and commitment. Congratulations and best wishes for many, many more years of good health and happiness together!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

This brought tears to my eyes, Michelle! What a strong bond you and your husband must have! And a VERY happy Anniversary to you both! What a beautiful family you have! :)

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

Beautiful, Michelle!! And happy, happy anniversary!!!! We celebrated our 13th earlier this month.

lindagerig said...

Congratulations on 14 years! - mom g.

I love you mommy!!!! - Addy

Low Tide High Style said...

Michelle what a beautiful post to honor the wonderful bond you and your husband share! Mr. Tide and I were engaged after only 5 weeks and married 6 months later, so when it's right you just know! You are a very lucky woman in so many ways, Happy Anniversary!

Kat :)

Drawn to The Sea said...

Tried posting earlier, lost my connection. Just had to come back & wish you Happy Anniversary.

Beautiful gown, beautiful bride.
Beautiful children, beautiful love.
Simply beautiful, & so very lucky in so many ways.

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh no way! Sounds like there is not much that you have not already been through! I am constantly reminded that we never know what someone has been through. I am so happy you are healthy and happy and here to raise your beautiful family. You are an amazing woman!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hello beautiful Michelle! Thank you so much for visiting my blog the other day and leaving a sweet note! Happy Anniversary to you, too! Hubby and I just celebrated our 26th last week! It just gets better, my friend! :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Deborah said...

This is an adorable testimony of your love for each other Michelle....
You and your family are beautiful....

With all my heart...Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

Brandi said...

happy almost anniversary, my friend. my husband and i were married Aug. 24th, 1996.

Mihaela said...

lovely memories :)


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