Reluctant yet rewarded




These are my feelings as I sit down to write tonite. I am reluctant to say that I have been married now for 8 years to my hero husband. I am reluctant to say this because it means that yes, time is flying past me before my very eyes and there is nothing I can do.



When I was surveying the card isle for some meaningful, loving, funny card to give him tears welled up in my eyes. I stood there, wearing my baby and my 3 other babies in the cart beside me, with tears rolling down my cheeks. How can this be? How can it be that so much time has passed...and yet I feel like it was just yesterday? Have I not cherished the time enough? How do I not remember each and every moment?



I realize that this is impossible...and I have millions of moments stowed away in my brain, but somehow that doesn't seem to do it justice.



I can say with complete honesty that the last 8 years have been amazing. We have had a journey that rivals the best I feel...we have had ups and downs, highs and lows...however, few of the latter. I was asked the other day how our first year of marriage was. I remember it vividly because many people told us to prepare well for that 1st year because it is the hardest. Frankly...it was amazing. It was a wonderful time of us getting to know one another as a married couple...enjoying one another and spending a lot of time together. We had a blast.



We still do....I can also say that I am much more in love with him today than I was 8 years ago. Time has etched his name in my soul and as the days pass I am grateful for this experience.


Here are a few photos (well photos of photos...so they aren't that great) of that wonderful day!

Comments

raggedy ash said…
oh leesh, i've got no words this morning...i'm so overwhelmed with love, gratitude, and pride for who you are, what you strive to be for yourself, for your family, for this world, for the place in eternity where we'll be whole.

i'm lucky to be your sister.

big big love. looking forward to tomorrow.

xox
ash
KO-CHO-RINA said…
Wow, that really was a long time ago. I was so lucky to be a part of your special day. Look how young Zachy, Reg and I look? :) Wow...you were beautiful that day and to this very day you still glow. Awesome post Al, and congrats on being married 8 years, thats an accomplishment. 8 years, 4 kids and 2 many memories to account for, good for you. Miss you and love you.
Jared said…
hi Alicia,
I am one of Melissa's friends. I think we've met a few times before and I love reading your blog, I've just never commented. However, I had to say happy anniversary as my husband and I celebrated our 8th year wedding anniversary yesterday too! Congrats on 8 years!

Mandy
Miss said…
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY several days late!

I remember you day well my friend! I am so greatful that you guys have eachother...you are great together!

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