10 years of Awesome-ness!

Today is our 10th wedding anniversary. We all know that we ran away and got married (if not read this: http://wp.me/p2zSoO-J), and it was the best $100 (you’re welcome Dad) we’ve ever spent. Moving so much over the last 10 years (think Iowa to San Diego to Puerto Rico to Virginia back to San Diego, with whole lots of travel in between), has helped us form a strong foundation in our marriage, and presented many opportunities and challenges to us. We’ve been very lucky to experience the things we have, and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years hold 🙂 A good marriage is hard work, but well worth it.

I love you my buddy ❤

2003 Receipt of Marriage

Our 1st Wedding Anniversary, 2004

1st Anniversary Sunset1st Anniversary

San Francisco, 2005
2005 San Fran

Grand Canyon, 2006
2006 Grand Canyon

Camuy Caverns, Puerto Rico, 2007
2007 Camuy Caverns

 Virginia, 2007
2007 VirginiaBaltimore/DC, 20082008 BaltimoreNYC, 20092009 NYC Carriage RideMammoth, 20102010 Mammoth ViewVegas, 20102010 VegasTahoe, 20112011 TahoeSanta Barbara, 20122011 SBAfrica, 2012353168

Did you Know?

That I ran away and got married?  Best. Decision. Ever.

Seth had joined the Navy while we were still dating, and when he received his first orders to San Diego in January, we decided I would move out to join him in May.  We didn’t make it very long before deciding that I’d move at the end of February.  I told my family I would be moving to San Diego to live with my boyfriend and I imagine they thought I was nuts, but nonetheless and in true fashion of my parents, they supported me.

I resigned at my job, and started packing my belongings into boxes, trying to prioritize what we couldn’t live without starting our new life together.  Trying to determine what would fit in our only vehicle, a Jeep Wrangler that I would soon drive across the country with for several days alone, was comical.  For the record, not a lot fit, and thinking back to what I brought, my priorities have clearly changed.

I left my family and my life in Iowa, where I was born and raised on February 26, 2003, and drove all the way across the country to San Diego, by myself.  It was the dead of winter but fortunately I had my analog Nokia cell phone that had pretty much zero service.  That first day, I only made it ¾ of the way through Nebraska and for those that have ever driven through Nebraska, you can appreciate why.  I arrived safely three days later at 4pm on Friday February 28th, with a huge smile on my face.

Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 9am, we were at the San Diego County Clerk’s office, saying our vows.  It cost us about $50, but because we were broke and what little money we had was going towards a security deposit for our new home, etc., we opted out of purchasing the $5 polaroid to document our day.  Hysterical.

Following our new marriage, we headed to the store for groceries where our first argument ensued-over wheat or white bread.  Again, priorities.

Reflecting back on the last 9+ years of our marriage, I don’t think we could be any luckier.  For everything we have gone through, four moves all over the US and the Caribbean, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis, job changes, etc. we clearly knew exactly what we were doing, at such a young age.

Here’s to walking through the next 9 years together with my best friend: