On December 29, Chase and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary. We have been married for 8 years! Sometimes I think that there is no way it has been eight years, but so many things have happened in eight years. So much history, growing up, figuring things out, and finding ourselves more in love after each trial. I remember when we were newlyweds and we were so excited to be married. We were 21 years old! We really had no clue what we were doing. lol But we had a lot of fun! Chase was deployed to Iraq for most of our first year of marriage so we really didn’t do a lot of the adjusting most newlyweds do until our second year of marriage. Combine living together for the first time (we hadn’t ever lived in the same town before!) and post deployment (which can tear marriages apart) we had an extremely intense and interesting second year of marriage. But after that year our marriage was firmly established. We learned so much about each other and from each other that year, and it provided a good foundation for our marriage to grow on.
8 years! We had so much fun traveling Europe and the States and being just us for 7 years. Many people have children well before they have been married for 7 years. I remember when we had been married for 5 years and I was sitting in Subway talking to a complete stranger. If I remember correctly, all the tables were full. I was eating by myself and so was another lady so we just sat together. We started talking about children and life. She mentioned that her and her husband waited 7 years before they had their first child, and it was the most wonderful thing they ever did for their marriage. I remember thinking, “7 years?! You waited 7 years? That is such a long time.” HA!
For our anniversary we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast owned by a friend’s mom. It was so wonderful! Heated bathroom floors, jacuzzi, soft bathrobes, beautiful view off the balcony, and so much more followed by the best breakfast! Chase’s mom kept baby J while we stayed there for our anniversary and it was wonderful. Every married couple needs to take a night to spend alone every once in a while once they have children. You remember all these little reasons you love each other that get missed with a child around.
I love my little family. With baby J around I know each year will hold new surprises as we watch him grow. I have a feeling that in 8 years we all will have grown a lot. I will probably look back and think we didn’t really have a clue what we were doing. 🙂