Our Anniversary: Celebrating 10 Years

Ummm, this Foodie Friday has nothing to do with food. And no, not yet celebrating ten years of blogging.
2010-07-09 - Foodie Friday - Wedding Photo
Ten years ago today I married my love.

Miraculously, my soul mate and I traveled through the same public schools since age ten before meeting one another. And when we finally did…well, suffice it to say, I still remember the first time we smiled in the hallway at each other. It was one of the sweetest, most intimate moments of my life. Young love.

Back in the day, these two seventeen-year-olds traipsed about life unfettered. Well, more or less.

One was in advanced classes, busy yearbook editor-in-chief, and the other woke late and rolled to school eventually. One felt very awkward in her skin and avoided P.E. with dread, and the other started and ended his day with swim and water polo. One was admittedly depressed and seeking answers for humankind’s woes, while the other enjoyed life with a positive approach to everything.

So, after missing a guy I’d been dating, my best friend sought to solve my emotional distress. “I know a great guy for you,” she told me that summer.

Sigh. We’ll see.

She introduced the two of us that last year of high school. And it was a match. We spent every extra moment we had together. For six years. And we wondered, when would our silly inseparable behavior end. We didn’t know anyone else who liked to be together as much as we did. And we still don’t too often meet other couples who love and choose to be together ALL THE TIME. Except for the one time we “broke up.”

(This picture was taken at the photography studio in our senior year. I had yearbook business to attend to…my love was getting his senior portrait taken. We got this–one of our most cherished photos.)
2010-07-09 - Foodie Friday - High School Sweethearts
Later that year we graduated high school. Drove around the United States in our little beater. Backpacked Europe. Flew to Alaska. Browsed community college catalogs together. Carpooled to classes. Studied Spanish at the park. Stayed up late reading each others papers. Went to sleep reading each others papers.

And finally, we transferred up north. He to UC Santa Cruz to live in the woods. Me to UC Berkeley to vibrate to the busy pulse of life there. We took turns visiting one another each week, savoring the differences in our lives as we journeyed on through university. During our last year we worked and enjoyed the simple school life. We planned our wedding, applied to the Peace Corps, and finally awaited news of our next chapter in life. Together.
2010-07-09 - Foodie Friday - Peace Corps Married Couple
Peace Corps was one of those experiences that I’ll get to here…one of these days. I’m still in baby-bliss at the moment, so my heart and mind are not traveling there often right now, but the experience impacted my life in so many ways.

And afterward, we didn’t want to settle down. We didn’t want to start a home. We didn’t want to return to the States…just yet. We breathed travel. So we flew off to Ecuador and traveled. We tasted dry Atacama desert air and savory quinoa soup. We stayed in hostels with Frankenstein sink faucets, Inca-hewn walls and our icy-cold tent. We struggled to understand my husband being stabbed in the chest one day. And we cried together as he healed and we moved on towards Patagonia. And, after a year, we finally had had enough, and we came home.
2010-07-09 - Foodie Friday - Patagonia
We came home. We were lost. And we very slowly crafted the people we are now, making decisions about each item we brought into our home. Then, we laughed as we discovered we were pregnant with our first baby. Our car had just been driven over and smashed to bits. We walked home and made strong drinks that night. We moved to a little apartment flat and settled in for our new adventure. And then it’s so easy to look back and see…but the years skipped by. Our second baby came to us. And finally our third last year. And now we find ourselves happily enjoying the bliss of mountain air in the summer. Cold lake water and long tangley lake weed (OK, I dread lake weed actually). And childrens voices filling the days (and nights oftentimes) with song and laughter.

Not sure how it’s been a decade already. It doesn’t, and then at times, it DOES feel like it’s been that long. In a good way. We’ve now been together as partners in this lovely lifetime for almost half our lives. And we can’t wait for more. More adventures. More laughter. More growing old together. More hearty meals and memory stories. (My husband tells me stories from our own past since my memory stinks so bad. I can tell you which book I wrote a note to myself in during lecture, but fun lifetime memories…so hard to retrieve. Go figure.)

So, today, I want to give a special thank you to my dearest love of all. My loving husband.

Time to savor the day!

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16 comments to Our Anniversary: Celebrating 10 Years

  • Whitney

    Happy Anniversary! 10 years – that went fast! Hope you get to have a wonderful day together.

  • Congratulations! 10 years, and what a story. I love, love that picture of the two of your in high school. Truly a treasure. Enjoy your celebration!

    My husband and I are having our 19th anniversary this coming March.

  • Not 19th… 10th! Wow, what a typo!

  • anne

    Happy anniversary! I’d never heard the whole story before – what an amazing life you have led together. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks guys! We just read this post as a family and my oldest ends it with, “Why were you lost? How did you get home?” I love the way she listens so incredibly well!
    My answer to her: “We weren’t lost as in we didn’t know how to get somewhere. We were still finding out WHO we were at that point in time. We’d lost ourselves for a bit.”
    Followed by a slightly confused but much calmer face. :)

  • Judy

    Ahhh, Happy Anniversary to you! May the years ahead bring you much joy, adventure and loving support that the past have given.

  • I remember you and J’s wedding so well. I had just graduated from HS and was about to leave for Spain for the next year. You and J were leaving for the peace corps. It might have just been me, but I really felt that there was so much excitement that summer in our whole “camping group.”

  • What a great tribute to your husband! Happy Anniversary – your wedding was absolutely beautiful. Tim & I (almost) eloped and had a Jamaican beach wedding…but that’s a story for another day. 😉

    I love that you traveled so much together pre-kids. Do you think you’ll ever travel w/ your kids in tow?

    Also – What does your husband do for a living now?

    • OK, I’m fully expecting a story of your wedding now. I’ll be over to your blog looking for that one! Almost eloped, huh. :)
      So, we haven’t traveled much since having kids, partly because of finances and partly because we feel content where we are. (Though I sometimes get strong urges to take flight for little adventures.) Having me stay at home with the kids has allowed us to have an amazing quality of life…but there aren’t too many pennies left for those international trips. That said, we have made it to the Yucatan, Wisconsin and throughout California. We are totally planning on traveling with our kids. Lots of domestic travel…and later, I can’t wait to teach them how to go and figure out the details later internationally. It feels like such an important skill to me.
      P.S. My husband is a ranger.

  • I would love to hear about your time in the peace corps!

    I had desperately wanted to join the peace corps, but my life took an unexpected turn into parenthood before I finished my degree and now I just don’t feel it would be right… for now, but maybe one day.

    I’ve now subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to reading your posts. :)

  • Melinda J

    Happy anniversary!!!
    My husband and I also have been together since high school and love to be together as often as possible. My biggest sadness in becoming a SAHM is that he and I are no longer working at the same place. I miss him all day long! He is my most favorite friend.

  • i am sorry to be late in wishing you a happy anniversary! i actually read this a few days ago and got pulled away from the computer… your story is beautiful, as is your love for one another. what a ten years you’ve had! many blessings, now and always. xo

  • Jeanne

    Hi Jeanine, I was just visiting the resuscitated and back to life Rosie Girl Dreams (what great news, by the way) and read this old post. How beautiful! I love the professional photo from high school of the two of you, and it was good to hear the whole story. I second the requests for posts on the Peace Corps days!

    I look forward to reading new posts soon- you have created such a cozy little place here.

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