Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ten

Once upon a time, I was a precocious little girl who memorized commercials about Dove soap and maxi pads and recited them to old ladies at the mall.

One day, my dad, a civilian worker for the Navy, hired someone on at the base. The two guys hit it off and arranged for their families to meet. The families became fast friends, and I took a real liking to the oldest son.

The boy was a year older than I was, and sometimes a little too cool for me. I had lots of crushes over the years, but the boy was extra cute. Imagine how happy I was when the boy asked me out for coffee my first summer home from college. I'm fairly certain it was the mini skirt that got his attention. We got married when we were still full-time college students (and T also worked full-time!).

It wasn't easy being the one of the only young married couples on a small campus. I think a lot of people secretly assumed we'd fizzle out because we married young.

I love that today, Ten years later, we can prove them wrong.

We've had a nice journey these Ten years. Graduating college, finding jobs, buying a house and cars, travel (though not as much as I'd like), starting a family, late nights, early mornings.


And just to keep it real, here's how a recent conversation regarding our time together went down:

Me {thoughtfully}: Wow, I can't believe that soon we'll be married 10 years!
T {not looking up from iPad}: Um, yeah. Uhuh.
Me: Yep. Ten years of indentured servitude....
T {indignant}: Hey! I bought you a nice house and a car...
Me {interrupting}: Oh, no, silly. Not me. You. I own you, buddy!

Regardless of who considers themselves to be shackled, there's no one else I'd rather do hard time with. Marriage isn't easy. We have our disagreements, arguments, and even straight up yelling fights. (FYI, I am the yeller.)

In today's world, I think Ten years of marriage is a real accomplishment! Unless T has something up his sleeve, I don't know if there are any big plans for today. I would have loved a trip to Italy or (more realistically, knowing my husband) Alaska, but we're being careful with our money these days. I have plenty of jewelry, I don't need flowers because I killed all mine, and chocolates would just go to my waistline.

So maybe today needs to be about just celebrating our marriage, the good times and the bad.

I'm ready to sign on for another Ten!

27 comments:

  1. Congrats on 10 years! In agree thar in today's world this is a large mikestone! My hubby and I just celebrated 8 years of marriage. It is amazing how fast the time has flown by, and how our lives have changed. We are planning to go to Italy on our 10 th anniversary. I hope it all works out. Hope you and your hubby enjoy your day, and the next 50+ years!

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  2. Happy anniversary! Many blessings to you and yours for many more years to come!!

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  3. Happy Anniversary Amanda! You guys are a cute couple! God Bless :)

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  4. Congratulations, Amanda! What a beautiful collection of photos of the two of you. You were a gorgeous bride, just as you're a gorgeous young mom.

    Isn't it nice to prove wrong the folks who thought you'd never make it? :)

    I'm so happy for you. Just keep signing up for another year every August, and you'll have it made.

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  5. Amanda I am so happy for you and Tim. I was think of y'all since you got married so close to us. We celebrated our 10 years in June. I look back on other folks who were married at the same time and the group is a small one that are still together after 10 years. It is such a big accomplishment. I hope y'all have a wonderful anniversary and that you get something spectacular for it. Because you deserve it.

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  6. Congratulations & what a beautiful bride you were! You look like Liv Tyler in that photo. :)

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  7. awww Congratulations!! such sweet photos! and I agree with the above comment- you do look like Liv Tyler!

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  8. congrats on your 10 year anniversary! Hope you have many more. Enjoy your day, hope your hubby plans something special for you!

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  9. Congrats on ten years Amanda! I will be married for ten years next June. I was hoping for a trip to Hawaii, but I'm pretty sure we are going to road tripping with the boys in our Airstream on our anniversary next summer:) I wouldn't have guessed that you are a yeller, but it just makes me like you more because I am too! I hope you have a great day and get a little bit of chocolate even if it does go to your waistline:)

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  10. Happy anniversary! Hope you have many more happy years with your sweetheart!

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  11. aww yay! Happy anniversary! It's so nice to see people celebrating marriage and honoring it, rather than seeing it as a temporary thing that you can walk away from when bored. Hope you guys have a great day celebrating! :)

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  12. Congrats!! That is awesome for you two and that you have a real marriage that is not all fairy tales, but is real, a lot of work and totally worth it in the end. BTW I'm the yeller in my marriage too :).

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  14. Happy Anniversary Amanda! I loved hearing your story. And married young RULES!!! I got married at 19, and still going strong! You two look fabulous together and I hope your day of celebrating is wonderful!

    Also, sorry for the double comment - I commented as the wrong person again and had to delete!!

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  15. Happy Anniversary!

    (I'm totally the yeller, too)

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  16. Congratulations! What an accomplishment in this day and age. I'm sure you'll be wonderful role models for your girls, as to how a marriage should be. It's amazing that you two have known each other so long! Here's to another 10, atleast! :)

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  17. AW! HAPPY TEN YEARS!!! Here's to being shackled! ;)

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  18. Congratulations! 10 years really is an accomplishment these days! I wish you another 50 happy years together!!

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  19. Happy anniversary! Ten years is awesome, especially in our world. And I love the story of how you met ... so cute!

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  20. Aww, that is a super sweet story! Congrats on 10 years (yeah, I'm the yeller too, haha :)

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  21. First things first... A very Happy Marriage Anniversary to both of you. May you go on to celebrate many more years of togetherness and love :)

    Back to the blog, I loved how you started it. Nothing can be better than getting married to your childhood sweetheart. You guys deserve the best. Hope you had a great day!

    I am hosting my first Link-up party - Tea Time Thursdays. Would be glad to see you there :)

    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/celebrating-one-party-time.html

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  22. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!! Woot!!
    Yes you do own him...Ha!!
    And I bet he loves it!! Wink!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  23. Happy Anniversary! 10 is a big milestone...congratulations :) Love the pics of you two together.

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  24. So sweet! Happy Anniversary!!! Such sweet pictures too! Gracious, your girls look just like you! Enjoy your day!

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  25. I thought that first photo was one of your girls!
    Congratulations on your anniversary, and many more! Marriage isn't always easy, but it's worth it.
    We got married young, too (21), and I'm pretty sure people (like the guy who sold us our rings) didn't think it would last.

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  26. Awwww Happy Anniversary!!!! I love the wedding picture! You looked so beautiful! I love seeing more pics of you too. You should always post them. :)

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