Thursday, May 13, 2010

a DECADE down with my Baby!

"For Better or Worse, til Death do us Part..."

If there is one thing in my life that I treasure above all else, it's my household of boys! We are a team in this little life journey and it is surely sweet to have them! What makes our FAMILY possible is the marriage that I share with my BEST FRIEND! Chris and I are celebrating a DECADE of marriage today. Today marks 10 years together. We are both {extra} excited to celebrate.

I was your classic little girl, the one who twirled around in her pink bedroom, dreaming of a someday family, with a strong protector, and a little house with shutters and white picket fence. My childhood was beautiful but was instantly interrupted as I fast forwarded to a full-on adult before age eighteen. Quickly, I faced the world, but thankfully not alone. My always supportive family stood in as the strong foundation and Chris took my hand as my new husband.

Neither of us wanted to be the "teen pregnancy" victims. We were both excited and scared to tackle life as we began our American dream as ADULTS. Our ambition coupled together was thrilling as we bought our first house when we were eighteen, Chris became a stockbroker by age 21, and we had three beautiful boys before my 21st birthday. The successes all of us experience in life is like the frosting on a cupcake. It is meant to be savored and enjoyed. People put their trophies on the shelf to remember the euphoric feeling of reaching success. Each one of us has moments of success to celebrate, a time where excitement can't be contained, and it's meant to be shared with loved ones. That's one of the beautiful things in life.

(click photos to enlarge)
Chris and I were two normal kids
with a
not normal love for each other.

However, life is an artful combination of experiences and lessons. A trying season hit our young family as my innocence was instantly lost and pain pressed in on us from every side. The pressure of the hurt was suffocating and almost crushed us. Chris and I are deeply passionate people. We love fiercely and that can never be duplicated. The passion during this time threw us in circles, we were spinning with no direction. The magic carpet that we once rode on fell from underneath and gravity tumbled us to the ground. There were those still moments lying on the hard dusty ground when I truly didn't think we would recover. In my infinite mind it didn't seem possible to repair the heartache and move forward. But one step at a time we began a new journey. I pressed forward with little hope, no trust in us, and cowardly injured. This song held me countless times. Chris amazed me at every turn, with his steady and quietly secure actions forward. We made a choice. A choice to breathe and a choice for new life. We chose OUR FAMILY.

I cannot image walking hand in hand in life with anyone else.
I have found my best friend.

The life lessons I learned are golden treasures, tucked into my pocket, which I will carry with me for always.
I learned...
to allow the pain in to help mold me as a human.

to trust in the new small joys and delight in them.

to cling to my husband as my best friend.

to never let go of what God has blessed us with as we made our promises to each other.

And I learned to utilize the strength within,
press on, and never, never, never give up!

I'm SO happy God held us in his arms. Because now we are living life after the rain. And I truly didn't see anything from that dark point ever looking happy. I actually didn't have hope for the future! However these last few years have been the happiest times of my entire life. Not only does it look good, but it feels fabulous, and I get literally giddy with excitement of the blessings in our life and marriage! I am astounded at this miracle but NEVER take it for granted.

Today Chris and I are best friends, just like the day we got married 10 years ago. We both know that we are soul mates and that life with each other simply can't get any better. He is my hero and I am his special girl. Of course today is a day of immense celebration....we've done a decade and we can't wait for 50 more. We are excited about each day. Life may once again bring some pain, but this time I have my best friend and LOVER by my side. Chris "gets" me....he just does.

And like Chris constantly says to me about our marriage.. from the classic Jerry Maguire movie, "You Complete Me".


And Chris really did "have me at hello"....

I guess me and my boy just fit together. We understand that the bond we have was built through literally growing up together, making mistakes together, and living together through the consequences. We were made for this life. And life is good.

Cheers to 10 years...
to the successes and to the failures.

This post is linked to: I'm Lovin It, The Inspired Room


caveman said...

I love you Lisa. As I sit here at work, tears running down my face, I realize how good things really are for us. Driving to work I thought back to our wedding day. Imagining where we would be today would have been impossible. The joys and the pains all so vivid, colorful and deep. But that's just us, isn't it BlueEyes? There is nobody else for me. Never has been. My desire to spend every last breath on this earth as your husband, has never been stronger. I love how much I need you. It's hard to explain to people how you can so perfectly fill all my gaps. Guess you have to be us to understand. I want you now and forever, as my wife, my friend, my teammate and my companion. As the mother of my sons and the CFO of our household. As my girl. There is no better wife. Sometimes people comment on this blog telling you that you are special. Their words are so true yet I often think, "if only they knew!" God really did make you perfect. I know when he formed you, he said to himself, "I'll make this one extra special, with extra depth and beauty". And like just like he formed the perfect girl. He must have known when he made me what a special woman I would need. Happy Anniversary Lissy. Here's to the next 5 decades together, 1610.

Jen said...

Congratulations you two love birds! So sweet:)

Sheila said...

Oh my gosh...Congratulations on not only your anniversary but your life together! I am reading this tears coming to my eyes as I think everyone should have someone that completes them. You both are such a blessing to one another....and I dont even know you other than by reading this wonderful blog! God bless you both and again congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Aww what a wonderful post and I love your husbands comment too! Congratulations! It only gets better! I know you think that's not possible, but it's amazing!

Unknown said...

Wow, Chris looks a lot better in that video than I remember...JK Congratulations guys!

Leanne said...

Awww, Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post. I wish you and your family all the best. You are an incredible couple and family. Enjoy your beautiful life.

Melissa Miller said...

Happy Anniversary Lisa!

Your look gorgeous! What amazing photos you have shown us.

Blessings to you and yours.
~Melissa :)

Kelly Miller said...

Oh, Lisa. I want to say you are lucky, but I know that luck has nothing to do with it. You are strong and brave and loving and gentle. We are the lucky ones for having you in our life to inspire us.

Happy anniversary to you both.

sarahgrace said...

It is so awesome, and I really mean AWESOME to see a husband and a wife's love for each other- it's something that is too far and few between in this world today. Many blessing to the both of you! (and congrats again!)

Anonymous said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL post! Happy Anniversary you two!!!

Nancy said...

Yeah! Happy Anniversary! I remember I was working the front desk at Wahweap when you came in in your beautiful wedding dress. You were such a gorgeous bride! Congratulations on 10yrs!

Ramsey said...

Congratulations! You put love into words so beautifully...I felt like I was reading Nicolas Sparks. God is truly wonderful to have created a perfect match for each of us in this world. It is so encouraging and refreshing to see someone acknowledge and be grateful for their blessings the way that you two do! I feel blessed to have come across your blog post today as I tend to be guilty of getting caught up in the small chores of life and fail to stop and see the big picture. May God bless you with many more BEAUTIFUL years together! Happy Anniversary!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful "happily ever after" love story. May you and your love be blessed with many more happy years.

Becca said...

I actually remember being in your room with you while you told me everything you wanted in your future life. Good job getting everything you wanted and RECOGNIZING it. I love you! Happy anniversary and thanks for being such an influential part of my life.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful, sweet post. your love for each other is refreshing. Happy Anniversary and many wishes for many more years of happiness.

Jane said...

Happy Anniversary, Lisa and Chris!
May you always have the love that is expressed here in your writings. Your relationship is truly blessed...and you are an inspiration to so many. Your love for each other, for your trio of boys, your extended family and friends is palpable. But even more importantly, your love of God, and your trust in Him, is such a blessed witness to His love for His children.
May you have 50 years and more together.
Jane (artfully graced)

Jamie said...

This is soooo beautiful! You express yourself so well and I simply adore reading your blog! Sorry i've been so MIA lately! I hope you are well. Congratulations on your decade with your honey!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Sooo Sweet!!!
Congratulations to you both-marriage is a lot of hard work, but so much fun-
God Bless!!!

TidyMom said...

Congrats Lisa!!♥
We will celebrate #24 in June...that's insane!!
Thanks for sharing and linking up to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

Kate said...

Happy Anniversary Lisa,

What a beautiful story and your hubby's comment left me in tears. God always has the perfect plan for us and its the journey were we grow into love of a lifetime.

Have a wonderful weekend my friend.


BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

What a beautiful story. Happy happy anniversary. I hope you had an amazing day!

Kathleen Grace said...

I just read your husbands comment, you are both blessed! Congratulations on 10 years and I wish you many more years of bliss. The trials we go through make us stronger, especially if we have the right person to lean on and and hold us up:>)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, I hope you two had the happiest anniversary ever! This was such a very, very touching and heartfelt post, and I know that you are truly blessed to have each other. May God richly bless your marriage throughout the years. Something tells me that the Proverbs wife is at work here. That's one of my favorite scriptures!



Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

you look like a baby in these pics! :)

emma jacob said...

wish you very happy married life liza i like your chemistry both of you husband and wife its really cool i just going for the doctor for my 3D ultrasounds .Finally say both of you good luck ..........

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