|1983 - fresh faced and nearly married|
The picture above was taken in 1983, a couple of months before our wedding - we were starry eyed young things (I was 21 and he was 22) and we had been together for less than a year. We leapt into married life with all the casual optimism of youth - two people who couldn't wait to spend every moment they could together. It was all so new and exciting and the biggest responsibility we had was his dopey Border Collie dog, Trooper.
|1993 - ten years down the track|
Fast forward ten years to 1993 and here we are at my brother's wedding - two children, a different dog, a new cat, and a move to the country had all transpired in that time. We were still going well and life's ups and downs were only scratching the surface. We'd built our home life away from the city and were living on a couple of acres of rural land - finances were a bit tight at times, but other than that life was pretty sweet.
|2003 - 20 years and counting|
|2013 - 30 years from that big day of ours|
After a fair amount of soul searching on both our parts (and a little more medication thrown into the mix!) we realized that, although we are completely different people, we are a strong unit. We love and respect each other and we have a deep and abiding life that we have built together. Those moments when it seemed so easy to walk away and not compromise any more were really knee jerk reactions to having let things slip into complacency and taking what we had for granted.
So, here we are in 2016 and it's our 33rd wedding anniversary today. We survived the 30 year itch and things are really good. I'm so glad that neither of us jumped ship when we hit that big bump. I am proud that we stood firm and chose each other again, knowing what that means for the long term - so different to choosing each other back in our younger, carefree youth. So the thing I'm really grateful for this year is commitment and love and choosing to face life together for another 33 years (God willing). Happy anniversary honey!