Aric and I went out on our first date on September 12th.
Aric was supposed to propose on December 12th but he picked up my ring on the tenth and couldn't wait two more days to give it to me.
We were married on June 12th.
Today is our 12 year anniversary.
12 is good.
Our journey to 12 has been full of some pretty tough stuff.
Year 1...got pregnant, Aric started his career, we moved to Western Washington from North Dakota.
Year 2...had Maya, moved 30 miles away but it felt like we were starting over.
Year 3...started building our first house, I had a breakdown and started counseling. Tried to get pregnant.
Year 4...finished house but couldn't move into it, moved to Eastern Washington...had to start over again, finally got pregnant.
Year 5...had Eden, built a house and then nine months later built another house.
Year 6...moved into new house, started trying to get pregnant again.
Year 7...tried to get pregnant, Aric's mom got officially diagnosed with cancer.
Year 9...infertility and the beginning of the adoption process.
Year 10...waiting and more waiting, then finally...FINALLY Camden!
Year 11...kidney stones, adoption drama and Aric work drama, lawyers and financial stress but finalization did come.
Year 12...bought a rental property in Arizona
These first 12 years have been H.A.R.D. but during the hardest of times we always turned to each other. We were able to still find the joy amid the sorrow.
As I reflect on it all, it really does amaze me that we made it through stronger than ever. I give the credit to Aric's patience, my determination, and our unwavering faith in God.
I feel so blessed to have Aric by my side. We are not a mushy, gushy kind of couple. On most days we annoy each other more than we please each other, but even on our worst days we love each other and have each other's backs.
We are pretty much the real life version of Phil and Claire Dunphy. I think that's why we love that show so much.
So here's to my
Phil,I mean Aric...Happy Golden Anniversary! Thanks for being the calm when I am the storm.
I love you more now...
then way back then...