The above photos were taken in (L) 2012 and (R) 2013.
They are pictures of monumental moments in our lives.
Kevin and I have known each other since 2004, and individually we have had many monumental moments. We, as individuals, have celebrated milestones, overcome obstacles, and changed in profound ways. And then in 2007, we decided that maybe we’d like to begin to share some of those moments, milestones, obstacles, and changes.
We decided that we’d think about each other when we made plans or decisions. That we’d spend time in each other’s company. We decided to share our lives with each other, not knowing where it might end up. And we were together through Germany and grade 11. Through Hawaii and BC, grade 12, graduation, and starting university. We stuck together through years of learning how to be adults and live on our own, and studying day in and day out.
And we talked about marriage. We thought about marriage. And we worried about marriage. But I guess something in Kevin decided he would succeed where so many have failed. He wanted to give marriage a shot, and he wanted to marry me. So he asked and then he waited..waited for me to finally be ready.
And on a gorgeous, sunny day in Halifax last summer – August 31st, 2013, we married each other. It was a monumental moment. We decided that we’d think about each other when we made plans or decisions. That we’d spend time in each other’s company. We decided on a lifetime of sharing monumental moments, milestones, obstacles and changes. And we have spent the last year smiling and crying as we do just that.
Today, I’m not just thinking about our first year of marriage or the time we spent together before that. I’m also thinking about the future. What will our lives be like on our next anniversary? On the fifth? What will our 50th wedding anniversary be like? I guess that’s the thing – we can’t possibly know now. Just like I didn’t know at 13 years old that I would someday marry the scraggly, rough, insanely nice boy that lived behind me.
What I do know? Kevin picked me. He chose to love me. Forever.
That’s some pretty great luck – past, present, and future.