4 more years! 4 more years!

we plergs have shouted this chorus twice now in our house…. meaning, of course, that we just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary! hopefully many more ‘4 more years!’ to come!

it’s really strange to think that we have been married almost a decade…shoot….it weirdly feels like it has gone so fast, and at the same time like we have  been married forever. i am continually, eternally, forever thankful for that man in my life, even when he annoys the living H right out of me. which is rare, the longer we are together. :)

this year we decided to keep it kinda low key….it was on a monday after all….so we ate dinner at a great place in minneapolis called the smack shack (delightful seafood and amazing atmosphere. plus. two words: lobster. mac n cheese. oh. baby.)  and then headed home to watch recorded episodes of 60 minutes. i ‘S-H- you not’, my friends. and we loved it.

since i started my blog i have strangely been thinking a lot about our anniversary post…i felt like it needed to be poignant, and meaningful, and make you laugh and cry and appreciate the little things more, and hear birds sing, and hug your loved ones a little tighter after reading it…..or something…..but really, why? i mean honestly there are just some very basic and real things i feel about marriage and here they are: marriage is freaking hard and a ton of work. but i wouldn’t do anything different or change a thing a long the way, and it really is the hard work that pulls us together. looking back, i can so easily see how God has directed us, influenced our choices, and walked with us every single step. but isn’t it funny how easy it is to forget that in the moment, or doubt that He will continue to lead in the future? my prayer for us in this next year is this: to remember God’s faithfulness and be more thankful this year than we were last year.

also, those of you in similar marriage situations, and by that i mean simply, you are married, or not, whatever it doesn’t really matter for the analogy i am about to make, (ahem…yikes…get to to the point sister…) enjoy life. i mean it. really enjoy it. paul and i, no lie, go to bed every night laughing about something, and usually laugh at some point in the morning before we leave…(unless we were fighting about something…then i don’t know what he laughs about on the couch..i can’t hear him….haha! kidding!)

but really, i know…. how cheesy and stupid does that sound?! i know i know…..but cross my heart, it’s true. we have learned to not live miserably, and to LIKE each other as well as deeply love. we genuinely have fun together and it’s amazing. i could never have imagine where the first 8 years would have taken us and i can’t begin to imagine where the next 8 or 80 will! hopefully someplace warm with a beach at least once a year….

so, here’s to us! TO THE PLERGS!  4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS!!

our enormous smack shack lobster dinner. i LOVE to eat out with pauly. he orders literally everything that looks good on the menu and we end up with waaaay more food than we need, but we get to try it all! and here, it's all amazing!

our enormous smack shack lobster dinner. i LOVE to eat at restaurants with pauly. he orders literally everything that looks good to him on the menu and we end up with waaaay more food than we need, but we get to try it all! and here, it’s all amazing!

this looks posed. because it is. but still. what a hunk.

this looks posed. because it was. but still. what a hunk.

in our pj's watching 60 minutes. nothin' betta.

in our pj’s watching 60 minutes. nothin’ betta.

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