Cheers to Seven Years

I know we all feel like time goes by so fast, but it really feels like I blinked and here we are seven years later. I seriously don't know how that happened. It feels like yesterday I was waking up at my mom's to get ready for the big day.  

I realized that for some reason I've never really shared much about our wedding. Not for any reason in particular, I guess I just never got around to it. Eric and I have actually been together for I think going on 15 years now. To be honest, we lost count, and then there were some gray lines, so we just go off of our anniversary date. We met back in high school and didn't really start dating until my senior year when he was already away at college. We had a few bumps in the road and went our separate ways for a little while. That did't last too long, and once we got back together there was no question about our feelings for each other. 

Our wedding day was perfect in every way possible, with a few little moments we still look back and laugh at. The forecast was calling for heavy rain, just like has every year since, but thankfully we woke up to a beautiful day. A beautiful hot and humid day that was. I remember my hair wasn't keeping my curls which is rare for me because I have really thick hair that usually styles somewhat well. For a moment I felt bad that my bridesmaids were in long dresses, but I loved how the colors came together and they all looked amazing in them.

I remember waiting to walk down the aisle until the dramatic part of Canon in D started and wouldn't let them open doors until it was just right. When the chapel doors opened and my eyes locked with his, it was the perfect moment. I remember our ceremony feeling like a blur and also felt like it went by pretty fast. Because it was so hot that day, Eric's fingers must have swelled and I could barely get his ring on. After about the 5th try everyone was laughing and he had to help me slide it on. One of our must haves was a vintage car to leave our ceremony in style, but of course the day of our wedding the air conditioner wasn't working. I felt like I was melting in the backseat and it was the only time I might have second guessed my dress choice. Eric and I were hanging out of the windows to try and stay cool and would laugh as cars drove by beeping and yelling congratulations to us out their windows.

Our reception was so much fun and I remember all I wanted to do was dance the night away with him. One of my favorite moments was getting a peek at the room all decorated before any of the guests came in. We made sure we took time for ourselves, it was our day after all, and actually ate and made memories with everyone dancing to our favorite songs. We always heard from other couples that they never even got a chance to eat or really dance at their wedding. Nope, that wasn't going to be us. 

So here we are, seven years later and as cheesy as it sounds, he still makes me smile, makes me laugh, challenges me to be a better person, and is the calm to my crazy. He's also one of the most amazing dads I have ever met. I am seriously so blessed in that department at how hands on he is with the boys and how supportive he is of me.

We aren't a perfect couple and using that term actually makes me laugh. Really, what is a perfect couple? I don't think that exists. What I do think exists is the perfect person for you. The one that gets you, understands you, and respects you. It's the couples that grow together instead of growing apart. Marriage isn't an easy walk in the park and we certainly don't have it all figured out. But what we do know is, we will always be each others biggest supporters and try to put each other first. A big component for us and something that is very important, is keeping God as the center and foundation of our marriage. When you allow God to lead and direct your steps individually and as a couple, I truly feel like your blessings and potential are far more than you ever thought possible. So here's to an even greater potential and a lifetime of love and memories. 

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