I decided that a 13th anniversary deserved some reflection. For my slice this week I decided to celebrate by sharing a timeline of our lives together...starting from our first meeting 18 (WHAT?!) years ago.
As you know, we have an anniversary coming up next week...13 years! Can you believe it? So much has happened since we met, both good and bad, and through it all I gave my all to you and you gave your all to me.
September 1996 – first met
I visited your dorm room with my friend. I liked all four of you, but on our walk home I told her you were the one that I liked best. It *might or might not* have taken you four months to ask me out.
January 1997 – first date
We went to Fazoli’s. You ate spaghetti and I had pizza. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone eat spaghetti by twirling it with a fork and spoon. It was the last time I ever saw you eat it this way. Best day ever!
1999 – Engaged
You brought over dinner from Fazoli’s – spaghetti for you, pizza and a ring for me. Best day ever!
July 2001 – Wedding
We had a wonderful day surrounded by our family and friends. Best day ever!
May 2002 – We bought our house!
March 2003 – Arrival of Matthew William
He took long enough! After three attempts at inducing labor and a long weekend of labor pains, he finally arrived on Sunday morning, weighing in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. Best day ever!
November 2005 – Arrival of Emma Grace
Emma arrived four days late, mostly because I didn’t want a Halloween baby. She made her way into our world in the evening, weighing in at 8 lbs. 8oz. Best day ever!
June 2008 – Arrival of Madison Elizabeth
Maddie came into the world on a rainy morning weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. Best day ever…even if I missed the last day of the school year and even if the basement flooded while we are the hospital!
July 2011 – Ten Year Anniversary
I was very pregnant but that didn’t stop us from hitting the casino and staying at a beautiful hotel for our anniversary.
August 2011 – Arrival of Avery Rose
Avery arrived a few days early to greet her siblings weighing in at 8 lbs. She was so happy she even smiled for her hospital picture! Best day ever!
July 2014 – Now
As we approach another anniversary…I find myself thinking if I had to do it all over again, I’d still choose to give you all of me. Happy anniversary Bill!
My favorite song right now seems to fit the occasion. Take a listen!