Sunday was our sixth anniversary. It is impossible for me to tell someone how long we’ve been married without Lady Gaga’s song about chasing after her cool Nebraska guy for six whole years popping into my head. I don’t even really like Lady Gaga but I love that song. And now I’m all distracted. Something, something about this place…
Where were we six whole years ago?
Six whole years ago we were living in a house that we put a whopping $1,000 down to buy. We borrowed the $1,000 from my parents. We had a roommate. We didn’t know how to budget and were surprised when the cable bill came. We had credit card debt. We only had one pet. We went weeks without eating a single vegetable. We were in our LOWER 20s. (I’m still in my 20s, wink wink). We didn’t know some of the people who would become our very best friends. None of our friends had kids. We weren’t involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters or with Jewish Vocational Services. We were church shopping. I didn’t know a single thing about piano. We didn’t have our graduate degrees. We didn’t have either one of our current cars. We had just graduated college a few months ago. We used store bought laundry detergent. We didn’t have curtains- hoping to get them for a wedding present- and Mark used to sneak out back and unscrew the old lady’s light that she left on all night long. We hadn’t been to Europe. We didn’t know what a journey starting our family would take us on.
Nothing is the same as six whole years ago. It’s all better. When I look at our relationship, I have to say that I hit the jackpot when it came to husbands. No matchmaker would have set up Mark and myself. But somehow we work. And it’s mostly because of him. He is the perfect man for me and I feel so fortunate to have found him. Sometimes I’m harder on him than I should be- he is truly a good man.
Let’s look back at that perfect day:
And while I’m in a mushy mood, I want to thank you for being part of our journey. Some of you knew us before we found each other and have watched us grow into the people we are today- and we are very different people than we used to be. Some of you knew us in college and watched us fall in love from parties at Dan Grzina’s house to AKPsi events and more. Thank you for standing by our sides, encouraging us when we were down, and cheering for us at our wedding and all along. Some of you met us post-wedding and have shown us by example what a loving marriage looks like, what hard work looks like, what true Christianity looks like. And some of you we’ve never met in person, but we treasure our online friendships just the same. Thank you. The hubs and I are where we are today because of you.
I just can’t help but get all mushy about marriage, because I love marriage. Can’t wait to see where we’ll be at in six- or sixty- more years!