Yesterday Nick and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. I’m using the word celebrated very loosely, here because I had classes from 10 am until 8 pm. He made us an amazing dinner, though, which was nice.
Sometimes, it is hard for me to even believe that so much time has passed. There are moments where I feel like our wedding was just last week. I woke up anxious and elated. My stomach was full of butterflies and when I super excited.
While I had been incredibly nervous in the days and months leading up to our wedding I was very calm on the day of. I just kept thinking that if something went wrong (which is inevitable) it didn’t matter. Nothing mattered except marrying my best friend.
Originally I didn’t want a traditional wedding. However, that is what we went with and it was really beautiful. Our wedding ceremony was in the same church where my parents and grandparents were married. There is something monumental about that feeling, knowing that we carried on such a simple tradition. Our ceremony was both beautiful and fun. If you didn’t think a church ceremony could be fun, I suggest you borrow some of our ridiculous friends.
The fire department even got involved which was actually done without my knowledge, but looking back it is a really sweet homage. Nick and I met at the fire department where I volunteer, many years ago. With them being right across the street from the church, they got all sorts of bells and sirens (literally) involved.
Of course, we topped off the day with the best reception party of all time. Still, four years later, I have people telling me how much fun they had at our wedding. We had great music, delicious food, and no stuffy nonsense. Overall, it was one of the best days of my life. As it should be.
While I sometimes feel like it just happened there is no denying that we’ve come a far way since then. In the last four years, we have done so much together. I feel like I have learned so much about marriage since our wedding, but there is also much to learn. I love my husband more today than I did the day I married him. However, that love has shifted and grown into something different.
Seeing what an amazing father Nick is has added a deeper layer to my feelings for him. Knowing how hard he works for his family makes me respect him more than ever. Seeing him at his most vulnerable has taught me so much. I realize just how lucky I am to have found this man.
I look forward to spending the next 50 years with him and know that loving him will only get easier.
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