Sunday, July 12, 2009

Happy 12th Anniversary!


In twenty-three years of knowing you I can't put my finger on when it began.  Maybe it was the hour and 1/2 phone call you made to me when I was in Paris, and we weren't technically dating at the time. Or it might be due to the fact that on the really cold days, like -42, you'd come pick me up for school, knowing I'd have to walk in the cold if you didn't.

It might have started back in high school, when we went on the church trip to New York City. We stood at the top of the World Trade Center taking night photos of the cars down below. Neither one of us talked and yet we were completely comfortable not filling up the space with needless words.

Perhaps its all the treats you bring me now, just because you know I had a REALLY LONG DAY. Or its how much I love the way you say, we'll find a way, don't worry.   

It could certainly be the spontaneity. Like when you say, Really, Toronto, Canada is not too far to drive to in our little Toyota Prius.   And I discover its not really too far.  Or the time when you first got your job in Idaho and were getting ready to move.  But you said "Stay in graduate school.  We can weather a 9 month separation."  Yeah, we did that too.  

It certainly could be the day you said Idaho isn't working for us anymore.  Lets quit our jobs, buy a small blue house and move back to Minnesota to be closer to our family.  Maybe I'll try photography and see if I can make a go of that.  Um hm.  That's what we did.  It could have been that day.

I guess thats the thing really.  Its not any one of them, but its all of them.  Its how we've woven this tapestry of us.  Through the times we are at our best, and the many more times when we are broken, tired, or weak.  It hasn't mattered. Apart, was just never really meant for us for very long.  I can't think of a time in my life, when it ever really will be either.  

So at some point its just been together.  This story of us.  Its about the 12 years of marriage, the 23 years of knowing each other, the 9 years of Nolan, the 7 years of  Colton.  Its the forever I hope to know you, to love you, be with you, and weave together the rest of the story of our life.  


  1. I'm sitting here crying, feeling like I've just eavesdropped on the sentiments I would have wanted to have if I was married. I just love your family and the beautiful life you've built... and I pray that each year you discover more moments of the same, of the spontaneous - and most importantly - the together.

    Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!

    Your post is awesome....let your hubby read that one :)

  3. A true love story, Vicky. Thank you for words that are well written...straight from the heart.
    Happy anniversary to both of you.
    With hugs and smiles,

  4. Oh my goodness Vicky...that's just about the most beautiful tribute to a long relationship that I've ever read. I feel weepy and want to hug on all of you. This is what family is about and this is why you can reach beyond your family and love on others the way you do.
    I pray for you and yours to be blessed with a long and healthy life you ~Robin

  5. (I left a comment, but blogger malfunctioned just when I posted it, so take 2)

    Here's wishing you and your husband a Very Happy Wedding Anniversary and many more years of togetherness and bliss :D

    You both look wonderful together, and I really loved your account of when was "it" :D

    P.S Thanks a tone for the follower bit :D

  6. Happy Anniversary! We love you both!

  7. Happy Anniversary Vicky and Rick!

  8. Awww, Gitz, you say the most genuine and heartfelt things that mean the world to me :) Thank you sweet girl!!

    Stephanie, he decided he'd better at some point this morning :) Thank you for coming over, and how did baseball go???

    Jackie, thank you for your kind and thoughtful words! Its good having you back again!!

    Thanks Julie :) We love you too :) Please give Mackenzie a big hug from us!

    Kristi, thank you :) Please give our sweet boy a hug from us too!

    Robin, thank you for your sweet words :) I hope you know you've helped shape me to be the best that I can and truly have inspired me to find new ways to "live my legacy!" Love you girl!

    Stillness, how good of you to come visit :) I enjoyed your blog posts and look forward to coming back to visit more!

  9. Vicky, I'll totally jealous but also extremely happy to know that princes do exist, that people find them and that some people do get their happily ever after. It sounds like there is enough love in your relationship to conquer any dramas you many encounter.

    This is a beautiful tribute to your husband. Happy Anniversary.

  10. It's Monday afternoon....and I wanted to check in with you, see how you are doing.
    .. I'll be baaaaaaaack!
    Smiles to you,

  11. Happy Anniversary! Great post! Love the photo!

  12. Happy Late Anniversary, Vicky!
    Sounds like you guys have lots of great memories. That nine month separation must have been really hard on you both.
    You were such a beautiful bride. You still look exactly the same! :)

  13. Liss, I just think we both choose to see each other in the best possible light :) No fairyy tales, life can be hard, but we keep working on it all the time.

    Jackie, its nice to have you pop in :)

    Missy, thanks, I am glad you like it :)

    Jill, thanks for your kind words and compliments!

  14. Happy late Anniversary! You were a beautiful bride to a handsome groom! I hope that your husband realizes how lucky he is to have you. Thanks for sharing the memories with us.

    to you both!!
    Sending you the very best of wishes and blessings for another great year!!
    Yup, time sure does fly and babies grow and you look back and its like a dream you wonder where it came from and where it went.

  16. Thanks Kaleena, you're too kind :)

    Thanks Vic, I appreciate your kind wishes!

  17. What a lovely post. Congratulations on your anniversary. May you have many many more, and may your love continue to grow,

    I've been blessed with over 35 years with my husband, and I can't imagine my life without him!

  18. Thanks Libby :) 35 years is amazing and really something to honor!! Thanks for sharing with me!

  19. Happy Anniversary!!!!!! I'm really behind on my blogging and posts!


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