Seven Years

So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.

The Notebook

This past weekend, we celebrated our seventh anniversary. In classic fashion, Dearest Carl out gifted me and then treated me to a bookstore stop and dinner at my favorite restaurant, The Melting Pot. It was another wonderful anniversary, even if it doesn’t feel like seven years. And yet, even seven years later, I’m learning things about Dearest Carl, about myself and about our relationship. It’s amazing how marriage is something that doesn’t stop or get stagnant. Things are new and different and surprising all the time!

One thing I learned this past year is how important communication really is. The books tell you and the marathon married couples tell you but this year I really found out. With our infertility stuff, things got real this year. As a couple, we haven’t experienced strain like this until now. So it became extremely important that communication went beyond the daily calendar and menu discussions. It’s something we’re still working on but making it a priority was a good thing for us. We’re on the same page again and that is a good feeling.

One thing I was reminded this year was how much I do love experiencing new things or just different-out-of-our-ordinary things together! We agree that our highlight of our seventh year was our vacation to Florida. Going to Disney, renting our own AirBnb, visiting new places and having the freedom to spend our vacation how we liked, it made me excited for all the travels and new things to come someday, just the two of us. But then it doesn’t have to be big and exciting to be really fun. The other week, Dearest Carl took me bowling for date night, something we hadn’t done in a really long time. And it was different and wonderful! It’s challenged me to look for new things to do and experience together in the year to come.

Seven years feels like a milestone to me for some reason. It’s been a full seven years of greatness and heartache and learning. Now I’m looking forward to what the next seven with my wonderful husband will bring. Hopefully another trip to Disney.

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