14 years. We have been married for 14 years as of today.
The social média thing to do would be to write “14 years married to my best friend!!! No one else I could imagine on this crazy journey called life! I will spend every single day holding your hand, baby!!!! I love you soooooo much!!!!”
That would be the social media appropriate way to celebrate our marriage, but that’s not what I am going to do here.
In addition to being married for 14 years, we have been together for 21 years. The difference between Baby Kali and Baby Dave and us today is incredible; we are completely different people now than we were then. We have to be. We’re in our late 30s (mine are more late than yours, I know), and we need to grow and change.
Over the past few years, we have faced so many hurdles that it is almost impossible to put them all into words (but I have… this this blog and the journal in my bedside drawer lol). We have built an expansive life full of wonderful people, our kids, our experiences, our grumpy old cat. We have seen marriages, births, deaths, cancer, depression, boundless happiness, and searing sadness. We have loved each other to pieces, tolerated each other, yelled at each other, cuddled each other, stormed out on each other, laughed til we cried and cried til we laughed. We have a story. The story of us.
People often tell us how cute we are or how lucky we are to have this marriage, and I hope that is true, but I also think it can be a lot of work, and that marriages are like anything else – you get out what you put into them.
We are on a new path, a course correction, a new life again, as we enter this new year together. We are working to be the best versions of ourselves and the best partners, friends, and loves that we can be. I am so grateful that the Universe gave us the chance to create this next version of ourselves, and I am so glad that we have the chance to write a new, better, more fulfilling chapter in the Story of Us.
I really love you, baby, and I honestly cannot picture walking this life with anyone but you. Happy anniversary! Here is to many, many more chapters together.
Love you from the bottom of my heart ❤️