October 8, 2009

Ten

I've noticed lately that my most frequently used phrase seems to be how did that happen. Mia is four years old. How did that happen? Owen is nearly two. How did that happen? I'm almost 37. How did that happen? The summer is over and it's already October. How did that happen? You get the point. Tomorrow Beth and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. How did that happen?

There are lots of adjectives to describe the last ten years - fun, exciting, eventful, difficult, challenging, emotional, fantastic. Take ten years of anyone's life and you'll get a wide spectrum of emotion, some good some bad. I'm lucky because the vast majority of the moments crammed into the last ten years have been wonderful. I'm lucky because I found a wonderful woman and, for some reason, she agreed to marry me and spend her life with me. I'm lucky because she's a fantastic wife and a truly excellent mother who delivered into my life two beautiful children. We laughed, cried, fought, yelled, told lame jokes and laughed at each other's lame jokes, watched a thousand hours of Friends and Survivor, stumbled through four years of parenting, learning the ropes as we went, bled, healed and, most importantly, lived together.

Beth, I love you. And I am truly lucky to be your husband. I can't wait for the next ten years. Or twenty. Or eighty.

Posted by Chris at October 8, 2009 6:00 AM
Comments

What a sweet post! Happy anniversary.

Posted by: Magnolia Mom at October 8, 2009 7:19 AM

awww....that was nice...there aren't many like you anymore.

Posted by: Dee at October 8, 2009 7:57 AM

That's *awesome*! Congratulations to you guys!!

Posted by: Emily at October 8, 2009 8:01 AM

Beautiful, loving post-- very sweet and I imagine it has made Beth's day!!

Happy 10th!

Posted by: morninglight mama at October 8, 2009 8:02 AM

Congratulations.

Posted by: William at October 8, 2009 8:13 AM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: jodifur at October 8, 2009 8:28 AM

Congrats! Great post and nice collage. :)

Posted by: Claire at October 8, 2009 9:05 AM

Happy anniversary!

Posted by: Heather at October 8, 2009 9:08 AM

Congratulation to you both!

Posted by: laineyDid at October 8, 2009 9:15 AM

Aw, that is so sweet! Happy anniversary to both of you. (And if you figure out how to do the eighty years thing, please let me know ;))

Posted by: Elizabeth at October 8, 2009 9:25 AM

Happy Anniversary! You're one of the good ones.

Posted by: Diane at October 8, 2009 9:31 AM

Happy Anniversary and my you have many, many more!

Thank you for sharing such wonderful family pictures. The love in your family definitly shines through!

Posted by: Trisha at October 8, 2009 9:33 AM

Happy Anniversary!! Such a beautiful post :)

Posted by: Jane in Pa at October 8, 2009 9:41 AM

Happy Anniversary. And that means I've been reading your blog for two years because um. Owen was born right when I started. How did that happen?

Posted by: k8 at October 8, 2009 9:54 AM

I know what you mean. Ray and I had our 20th anniversary in July. I don't know where the time goes.

Happy Anniversary and much love to both of you.

Posted by: Ann Adams at October 8, 2009 9:57 AM

HAPPY Anniversary to both of you! Congrats on 10 years!

Posted by: carrster at October 8, 2009 9:59 AM

Happy 10th to you two. You're so totally my favorite couple in the world.

Posted by: Mr Lady at October 8, 2009 11:35 AM

Happy 10th to you two. You're so totally my favorite couple in the world.

Posted by: Mr Lady at October 8, 2009 11:35 AM

Happy anniversary! This post is so sweet :D

Posted by: Katie at October 8, 2009 12:08 PM

Happy anniversary! Couldn't happen to a nicer couple.

Posted by: Michelle at October 8, 2009 12:37 PM

You're so lucky to have each other! And that you know it. Congratulations and best of everything for you and your family for the decades to come!

Posted by: Sara at October 8, 2009 1:20 PM

Congrats, you two! I hope you're doing something super great to celebrate!

Posted by: caleal at October 8, 2009 2:01 PM

Wow, how did that happen? Seriously. It seems like last week that you posted about your 9th anniversary. Congratulations for the almost decade!

Posted by: Dianna at October 8, 2009 2:36 PM

Happy anniversary!

Posted by: Katherine at October 8, 2009 3:33 PM

wonderful post, as usual.

congratulations to both of you!

we're heading towards 8 years next spring... about the same stage of kid reproduction though, so i guess we missed out on a couple of years of childless-married fun, though i wouldn't go back.

Posted by: pvz at October 8, 2009 4:23 PM

awwww, that was sweet, just like your family, hubs and I are celebrating 21 years today...and yes, how did that happen? where has the time gone? just asked him if we'd make another 21, he said yeah, if we live that long...lol....all the best to you both.xo

Posted by: Roberta at October 8, 2009 5:26 PM

I said the same thing on my recent 50th birthday. How did that happen? Happy Anniversary to you and Beth!

Posted by: coolchick at October 8, 2009 5:55 PM

I said the same thing on my recent 50th birthday. How did that happen? Happy Anniversary to you and Beth!

Posted by: coolchick at October 8, 2009 5:55 PM

And I now apparently stutter!

Posted by: coolchick at October 8, 2009 5:56 PM

For God's sake, dude, get a room. You keep doing this in public and you'll make the rest of us look bad.

Happy Ten.

Posted by: Marshall Karp at October 8, 2009 6:07 PM

Awww. You are adorable.

Happy Anniversary.

Posted by: Lisa at October 8, 2009 6:41 PM

What a beautiful set of photos! Enjoy!

Posted by: Sharri at October 8, 2009 7:17 PM

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Posted by: James Proffitt at October 8, 2009 7:25 PM

happy anniversary! you two seem to be a lucky, happy pair. cheers!

Posted by: kati at October 8, 2009 7:29 PM

Awwww... congratulations, you guys!

Posted by: Dawn at October 8, 2009 8:01 PM

I agree. You are one lucky man!

Posted by: Maribeth at October 8, 2009 9:36 PM

Congrats to you both!

Posted by: kali at October 8, 2009 9:38 PM

Dude you are awesome.

Posted by: jessica at October 8, 2009 9:51 PM

Aww. This is the first time I have ever been to your blog. You know that I am now going to return expecting similar lashings of sugar coated sweetness

Posted by: RubyTwoShoes at October 8, 2009 11:13 PM

Aww. This is the first time I have ever been to your blog. You know that I am now going to return expecting similar lashings of sugar coated sweetness

Posted by: RubyTwoShoes at October 8, 2009 11:14 PM

All I can say is it goes by REALLY REALLY fast! You have to be in the moment...as much as you can and drink it in! I can't believe so much time has passed and I am where I am at the age I am. Amazing and mind boggling!

You and Beth are lucky...not every one has what you have! I am extremely lucky with the worlds greatest boyfriend and 9 years of bliss...its work, but love and passion and a day doesn't go by that I am not grateful! HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

You have a great life Mr. Cactus! Really you do!

Posted by: Gypsy at October 8, 2009 11:55 PM

congratulations!

I love the picture collage. The picture of you holding Mia, showing her to Beth in the delivery room is beautiful.

Posted by: Jodi at October 9, 2009 12:38 PM

Happy 10 to you two. Nicely done.

Posted by: Brad at October 9, 2009 1:11 PM

CONGRATULATIONS! Those pictures are amazing. Time really does fly!

Posted by: samantha jo campen at October 10, 2009 10:18 PM


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