john and i are celebrating 5 years of marriage today. 5 years. i woke up this morning to find little heart shaped notes from john hidden all over the place – by my tea, next to the alarm clock, on my desk. i don’t think i’ve discovered all of them yet. how fun and thoughtful and sweet. today i feel just as i felt 7+ years ago when we first started dating – lucky and blessed and down right special to have stumbled upon, as if by accident but not really, the person who makes me feel like nothing else matters if you have real love flowing in and out of your heart and life, and who celebrates the joyful simplicities in life and marriage that make them both such awesome journeys.
we are heading into the city tonite for an italian meal complete with appetizers, wine, and dessert. so excited. i think i’ll wear my new jeans. we’ll toast to 5 years of making it work. we’ll toast to figuring out a balance, when to give the other alone time, when to smother them with love, when to give advice, when to just listen and validate. we’ll toast to all the decisions, big and small, good and bad, that brought us to where we are today. we’ll toast the challenges, too, because we all have them, but getting through them together, as hard as they may be, leaves me with an understanding that we are all just learning here. constantly learning. and i just really love that i’m learning with john.
a trip down memory lane. here are some photos from our day, 5 years ago. it was such a treat to have all of our favorite people gathered around us for an entire day to celebrate love, not just the love we found, but love they’ve all found in their lives that now felt like it was lifting us up and out, towards our very own journey. it was a giant love fest. i will never ever forget it.
this is the amazing piece my sister made for the top of the cake. it now hangs in our bedroom and remains one of my most treasured gifts.