14 years….wow that is a long time. We are getting close to the amount of time that I will be with Chad longer than with my parents (almost 16 with dating). 14 years ago on the afternoon of April 8th I married Chad. We had a nice simple afternoon wedding. We had a small reception in the church hall and we were off to our hotel in the cities by 5pm. I watch the TLC show, Four Weddings and I am shocked but the amount of money that is spent on a wedding. Ours was simple and completely done by us. Would the majority of people be able to accept a wedding like ours? Would they be able to deal with homemade centerpieces and beautiful flowers in mason jars? To me that day was magical. I get remorseful at times and wish I would have had a big wedding with a dance and the whole shabang but you know what, I enjoyed our day. I am not a center of attention person and our wedding had DIY, family, friends and fellowship. It was our wedding and I will always cherish it.
Now I am a bit of a superstitious person. Ok more than a bit, if something bad happens at 10am on a Saturday for years from that day I still will get apprehensive at 10am on a Saturday because that could happen again. We are almost done with our 13th year and for that I can breath a sigh of relief. I hate the number 13 and year 13 had a fair share of things I would like to forget and move on from. To start off our 13th year Greta, Henry, and myself were throwing up all night long. My poor husband was stripping beds, washing floors and washing buckets on our anniversary. That showed real love. Chad got a serious leg infection that was down right scary. Doctor visits, meds, and lots of prayer got him better but his leg is still not at 100%. I became hard of hearing this year. It is a new normal for me and I feel I am adjusting much better now than a few months ago but still a shock. I crashed the only vehicle I LOVED and totaled it. I had my first trip in an ambulance this year. My beloved Grandmother died this year. Just a lot of things I am glad are behind me. With all that being said there was plenty of good also. Henry started school and as much as he didn’t want to go to school he is doing great and loves it. Greta is at the “big” school now and she is doing great. Her empathy for people grows everyday and I love that about her. We got to go on a family vacation this past year to Wisconsin Dells. It was a few days of family fun that we made a lot of memories.
What will this new year bring for us? I am sure there will be changes that is what life is the ever changing. The simple act of breathing and living will bring growth and change. I hope this will be a year of good changes, maybe careers, kids activities, my faith growing stronger. I want this to be a year of memories with my family and personal strides we can all make.
14 years I love Chad and the family we have made. It sure hasn’t been a path of roses but we have made a path through the vines of thorns and discovered the roses on the way.