Do you remember what you were doing on Memorial Day weekend, circa 2008?
I do. Literally.
That’s right, boys and girls. Six years ago tomorrow, I married my high school sweetheart. We were barely 20 years old, ending our sophomore year in college, and had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
And that’s the beauty of it all. We didn’t care.
really, really bad one bedroom apartment we had just moved into looked like the Taj Mahal to us. We had approximately $0 to our name, but we made it work – with multiple really, really bad jobs (fellow VS panty folders, I commend you). We ate ramen noodles and Easy Mac for dinner (and breakfast and lunch) more times than I can count. We managed to survive college as newlyweds, although I’m sure the amazing staff of The Reflector thought we would murder each other in the newsroom long before commencement.
We had nothing, but we had each other. And that’s what mattered to us.
Marriage, for us, isn’t exactly a cake walk. We’re both fiercely independent and passionate people. If you know Courtny and I well, you probably have witnessed an occasional knock-down drag-out. If you know us really well, you know exactly what to say when one of us storms away (Cody Parks, I’m looking at you). We fight hard, but we love harder. Marriage would be boring if everything was easy.
We have evolved as people over the last six years. I guess many times this is where couples grow apart, but our personal changes seem to have connected us even more in our marriage. Our relationship has moved on from the infatuation phase, and is now a complicated web of love and partnership. Everything about us is different, yet I can honestly say that I have never loved Courtny more than I do today.
I can’t imagine my life without him.
Courtny – Six years ago we were poor kids who were simply head over heels for each other, and today we have a kid of our own who completes our very being. We must be the luckiest people in the world. Thank you for being my best friend on this crazy ride called life.
I love you.
Forever and always…