Wednesday, January 6, 2010

So much to write..

I have so much to write – so many stories to tell – from our experiences in traveling as a family of five, to Christmas with my mom and stepdad, to our New Years celebration, to Jack's surgery (tubes in both ears) and his subsequent unpleasant reactions to the anesthesia, to James' horrid ear infection that resulted in his ear perforating and oozing yuck-o for two days – but as you can imagine, I've been busy taking it all in – experiencing it all, digesting it all, processing it all, enjoying most of it, and laughing, crying, loving, and worrying along the way. I fully intend to get these memories to the blog – when things slow down a bit… as if that ever happens. Ha!

Long story short – stay tuned – there is so much more to come!


9 Years and Counting

Today Deonne and I are celebrating nine years of marriage together. The past nine years has brought numerous joys, wondrous blessings, thousands of laughs, and, yes, many tears along the way. But that's what life is, right? A perfect mix of laughter, love, tears, and sorrows.

Once upon a time we used to celebrate our anniversary in a 'traditional way.' Dinner out at a fancy restaurant. Dinner in by candlelight, in the quiet solitude of our home. We celebrate tonight with dinner at a very special table. "Long Party of Five?" You betcha. Our dining table is set with our fine china and crystal. The meal is ready to be served – and my adoring hubby tells me it's better than any we could get out in a fancy restaurant.

Tonight won't be quiet. It won't be in solitude. It won't be a romantic meal where we discuss love and our relationship, world news, or even the weather. Tonight's meal will be loud. There may be screaming, certainly singing (at the top of a child's lungs) and most likely several reprimands to eat properly with one's fork, keep your bottom in your chair, or don't tip your cup over so far.

But it will be beautiful. It will be a celebration of our marriage. Shared with our children. The three little lives who are here because a certain boy asked a question… and a certain girl said yes.

Happy Anniversary my dear sweet love. It has been a wild and crazy ride since the day we took our vows on January 6, 2001. I'm so glad we have tickets for this ride together – I wouldn't want to share my seat with anyone else but you.

I love you more today – and with each passing day – as we build our family and grow our lives.