This Thursday, Brian and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary. To many, that is just a drop in the bucket, but I'm celebrating the milestone.
Brian and I come from very different backgrounds. We used to think we were a lot alike, but marriage has shown us just how different we are. He really does get annoyed at me for the way I squeeze the toothpaste and I've gotten used to always having a couple of home improvement projects in process at our house.
Here are a few of my memories since May 13, 2000...
Buying Indian Hawthornes for our backyard
Seeing a bookcase I liked and having Brian come home and build it
The piano bar on Sixth Street in Austin
Coming up with the crazy idea to put pickets on Hope's wall and lattice around her closet--and Brian going along with it
Watching George Strait at Texas Stadium
Sitting on the couch together when I was 7 months pregnant watching the 9/11 attacks
Bringing Hope home from the hospital to a huge stork sign in the front yard (ordered by Brian)
Conversations on our drives to the farm
Watching the man I love turn into the world's best dad
Realizing I was pregnant with Caroline and trying to figure out how that happened
Brian planting tulips along our front walk for Valentine's Day
Getting our 1st yellow lab Callie and losing our sweet English pointer Bubba
The Dallas Boat Show
The sound of the shop vac Brian uses to "sweep" the floors
80's music (esp the Richardson Wildflower Festival)
Brian potty-training Caroline in a week by giving her bubblegum (after it took me months with Hope)
Saturday morning pancakes
Kolaches that never made it home
Manicures and pedicures
Ft Worth Main Street Arts Festival
So many memories. We don't have what I would call a fairy-tale marriage. We argue--sometimes out loud, sometimes under our breath. We get frustrated with each other. We get cranky and snap at each other. We don't kiss as often as we probably should.
BUT...it's real. I'm not a happily ever after kind of girl--give me a reality show any day over a romantic comedy. This is the kind of marriage that suits me. I am thankful God knew me so well to pick Brian for me.
So, while there have been many memories packed into the past 10 years, I'm praying that my 20 year list will quadruple what I have listed above.