Thursday, May 28, 2009

4 Years

Four years ago, it was VERY hot out. Four years ago, I married Gary up at Green Lake. Our outdoor wedding was really simple (did I mention it was way too hot?!) and I really enjoyed it. If I could do on thing differently, we would've thought to have gotten some tents. We went to the Kingfisher on Vancouver Island for our honeymoon and we loved it; good food, massages and so nice to get away after all the stressful wedding planning. We were only engaged for 4 months and I had just returned from Kenya and had started a new job so it was a bit crazy. Our `official' honeymoon was a month afterwards where we drove to Alaska.

A lot has happened in 4 years and I'm happy to have gone through it all with Gary. He knows me, loves me, and is very patient with me. I am a little bit high strung sometimes and am easily irritated. He gets me, let's me vent, and listens to me well. We are a great team. We are together a lot. We work at the same place (when I'm not on mat. leave), we have a photo business together, and, we are both introverted so spend a lot of time at home. That's a whole lotta time together!

There's always stuff to learn about eachother too. For example, Gary recently learned not to give me money as a gift:) I feel like we've been married for 15 years already and I don't mean that in a bad way, I just don't think of life before him very often. It just seems like he's been around for all the big things in my life. Tonight we are going out for a yummy dinner and I'm super excited! Yay, eating a meal over an hour instead of 3 minutes! Yay for no clean up!

(Gary and I were playing around with the soft box last night so I was planning on erasing all the pictures but I don't really have any of just him or just me so I kept it)
I'm so thankful for having Gary in my life. I'm thankful that he came into my life when he did. We were both ready-ish. I wrote in my journal that first week that I knew I was going to marry him. I remember my heart beating so hard that first week we were dating, not because I was feeling in love or anything, but because it was so scary that this was it! This was the guy I would be with forever. Marriage is such a gift and I don't take it for granted. I just asked Kai what he thought about mommy and daddy being married and he just asked, `Who was babysitting me when you got married?'.
Gary, you are a wonderful husband and father. Happy 4th Anniversary!!


  1. Happy Anniversary!

  2. Sandra5:02 PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I can't believe that was 4 years ago...seems like yesterday! Don't know if you remember me...we taught together for a brief time at SCMS. Anyways, I am now married to a guy in the photography business and still teaching but at Abbotsford Christian. My sister Heather just contacted you re: her wedding photo's in September (12th). She wants to give my hubby a day off!

    Anyways, I wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog. It is good for me to read as I married a great guy who's wife passed away. He has two great daughters and precious grandaughter! It is good for me to read your reflections on your life and your mom, because I know how hard it is to step into that role and how important it is to honour the memory of their mom. It is hard though, to always know the right thing to say and do.
    Your pics are awesome and your children are beautiful! Enjoy your anniversary!

    Sandra De Jong Barthel

  3. happy anniversary!!!!! (i like the new blog look too!)

  4. Happy Anniversary, guys. Your wedding was fun. I definitely remember the heat. We're so glad you got married!