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9 years

March 25, 2009

Today marks the 9 year anniversary of Alicea and I getting married.  Wow – 9 years.  We’ve known each other since September 1992, and have been dating/engaged/married for all of that except 3 years.  9 years married, 17 years in each other’s lives.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  How lucky am I to wake up every morning next to my best friend in the whole world?  My soul mate?  My partner in trying to do the right things in raising our daughter?

9 years since saying “I do” on a perfect Spring night in Charlotte, NC.  9 years since one of the happiest days of my life – I’m still on cloud 9 (ha!) every time I even think about that day.

We were talking about it last night, and these past 9 years have gone by so fast, and at the same time we’ve done and been through so much. 

  • An awesome honeymoon in Charleston, SC
  • Starting our post-college lives and careers in Charlotte, only to get moved 3000 miles away at the drop of a hat
  • Cross-country drive (arriving in Seattle for our 1st anniversary)
  • Finding the perfect church on a whim on day
  • 10 day road trip to California and back on US-101
  • Buying a house when we never thought we could (we got our mortgage rate locked 2 weeks before they bottomed out!)
  • Finding out we were pregnant on on your birthday
  • Flying to the top of a snow-capped mountain in a helicopter
  • Having to go to the hospital a few weeks later for “some testing”
  • Having Kaitlyn born 3 days later; 5 weeks in NICU for her and over a week in the hospital for you
  • Getting to celebrate a “0th birthday party” because KC was home a month before her original due date
  • Spending a week on Maui while Grandma watch Kaitlyn for us (we TOTALLY need to go back!)
  • Raising a healthy and beautiful 4 year old daughter
  • Getting to spend each day knowing we have each other to come home to, rely on, vent at, care for us when we’re ill, and make us laugh.

9 has always been my number – I was born 9 pounds 9 ounces on the 9th day of the 9th month.  I don’t buy into superstition too much, but I’m betting that this is going to be a pretty awesome year none the less.  🙂

Here’s to you hon.  Thanks for being there every day.  Thanks for being my best friend.  Thanks for being the love of my life.  We’re still smiling!


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  1. March 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    ok – you made me cry. You two are too cute. Congrats!

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