Ok, so I just made the realization that I am 28, and we have been dating/together for almost half of my life! haha That is insane to think that we were literally children we got together, and now we have been through hell and back, and are still together as adults!
I cannot believe that 12 years have passed by, 3 biological children , and 5 foster children have been given for to the both of us to love, guide, and support throughout these 12 years. When I was first meeting him at 16 and telling literally everyone ( that would listen) that I was going to marry Shane, and start a family at 25, I didn’t know that it would truly happen. We were young and had that same mind-set about goals in life, faith, and our future.
Looking back at all of our struggles and triumphs that we have had to go through, with even the loss of our own children, have brought us so much closer as a couple than we ever could have imagined. Our commitment to our wedding vows and our relationship with God has gotten us through the darkest moments of our relationship together. In 3 years we are planning on doing a wedding vow renewal for our 10 year wedding anniversary, so that will be so fun to see that come to pass! It’s not often that you get to grow up with your significant other and see the many struggles that happens in early adulthood with change in friendships, college graduation, jobs, and buying your first house.
This year we wanted to do something a little different for our anniversary and celebrated by driving to Austin, going to out to dinner with our friends at this amazing Sushi restaurant (and we even got to eat at the Hibachi grill) and then going bowling and having a couple of drinks with our friends/family! I can’t believe that we got a night off parenting and just got to be us!
I have truly cherished all the many friends that remain so close and loyal to the both of us, to the family that have picked us up when we were down, and to everyone who has helped us get to where we are in life. I thank you all, so very much!
Cheers to 12 more years of fun, adventures, and living life to the fullest!