Daily Affirmation

The best things in life are free.
The second best are very expensive.
- Coco Chanel

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nine Amazing Years

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. We're almost to the double digits so it doesn't sound so newlywed-ish. Obviously, (since there are grown children and grandchildren involved) this is a second marriage for both of us. The first time around produced the kiddies, the years alone produced (for me, at least) a much improved grown-up me, and the last nine years have produced pure happiness, and a wonderful gratitude for the chance to love and be loved again. Has life been perfect? Definately not. Have there been problems? Most assuredly. But we face everything together, with one mind. It's bliss, and comfort, and deep, and warm all at the same time.
There have been so many trials endured, and milestones reached in the last nine years! Poor L - I don't know if he would have signed on if he'd known how much his peaceful life would be disrupted. But he's been a solid support and strength every step of the way - and in a few areas the trail got very thin and rocky.

A few of the events we've celebrated in the last nine years:
3 high school graduations. 1 son serving and completing a mission (like his older brother before him). 1 graduation from BYU Hawaii, 1 from Ohio State, 1 from Utah Valley University. 3 weddings. 3 grandchildren. 1 son-in-law accepted to medical school. Both of us have made it to our 50-year mark.

A few of the trials:
1 diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. 1 brother's death. 1 child's brush with drug abuse, resulting in being institutionalized for several months, and still struggling to get his life back. Another child's divorce. 1 employment lay-off.

Things we're grateful for:
Good jobs. Good insurance. Health that's gotten under control. Friends. Family. The Gospel. Marriage, love, and partnership that lasts an eternity. Traveling the road ahead together.
Tonight we're going to go out and celebrate the event-packed last nine years, and toast to the adventures that still lie ahead. With any luck, and lots of love, there will be many.


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  2. Aw, congrats you two! You are such an amazingly cute couple and I hope we are that cute after 9 years. So excited to see you guys on Monday! We've missed you!


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