Thursday, June 14, 2007

Happy Anniversary Ted!

As of today, Ted and I have been married 27 years! Oh my...what we've gone through together.

We were both 21 when we got married (Okay, do the math and you can figure out how old we are now!). We "thought" we knew it all. We "thought" that we were all grown up. We "thought" that our life together was going to be smooth sailing and we could just survive on our love. Excuse me, but I'm laughing like crazy right now, hahaha.

Like all young, married couples we had to make some adjustments at first, and that was quite interesting, to say the least. I am the oldest of two children, and Ted is the youngest of three children. That fact right there made us view things from different perspectives.

We went through the period of not having two nickels to rub together. We went through the period of thinking we could read each other's minds. We went through medical issues together (mostly mine, sigh). We went through child-rearing differences together, trying to figure out what was best for our sons. We went through losses together. We've gone through happy times together too.

Throughout all of the years, we may have gotten angry with each other at times, but common sense always prevailed, and we were able to come to terms with our issues, no matter what they were. (I've personally discovered that it's all in the approach.)

At the beginning of our marriage we didn't realize that our love was just beginning. Now we know that. Since that warm, sunny day in June of 1980, our love has continually evolved and has become much deeper. Ted mentioned to someone a few days ago that he thinks we became even closer after I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I think he's right. There's something about changing your spouse's colostomy appliance that just draws you together.

Overall the years have been wonderful to us. We have two fantastic sons, and they are both great young men. They both work summer jobs and do their absolute best in school. They both are kind, polite, respectful, and caring. Family is important to them, and they would do anything for those they love. We live in a beautiful house that we turned into a home that has everything we could ever want. We would rather stay home than go anywhere, because we enjoy our home so much. We are so fortunate to still have three of our parents with us, and the fourth, well, he's just down the road at the cemetery, and we stop by to say hello often. We benefit from the expertise and experience of our parents, and hope that someday we will be able to do the same for our children.

Ted, I love you more today than yesterday, and not as much as tomorrow!


Kelly said...

Awww, that almost made me cry because it's so sweet! I hope you had a wonderful anniversary. It makes me hope that Neal and I feel the same way in 26 years. We love you both!