Monday, June 10, 2013

Lucky #7

Seven years ago I was 21 years old. You know, the green, clueless, just-starting-out kind. I didn't know what all I wanted out of life, but I knew 100% that I had someone to live it with.

On June 10 seven years ago, my 21-year-old self climbed into a gorgeous white wedding gown that weighed heavy on my young hips. I covered my face with a veil and I tried to keep everyone from hearing my heartbeat.

I saw the tears in my best friend's eyes as she walked around me, making sure everything was good to go. I saw the tears in my dad's eyes when it was time for the door to open and us to make our debut. Then I saw the tears in the eyes of a guy I met at a youth convention in high school.

A guy who was the best friend I could ever ask for throughout college. A guy who shyly asked me to be his girlfriend the previous July and then followed that up with a proposal three months later.

And we've been crying ever since.

Yep, today is the seven-year anniversary of this particular branch of the Bauer family. It has grown fast and it has grown a lot since that sunny day at St. Patrick's, but it just started out as two people. Two people who didn't know much about the world, but they knew love.

Amazing highs, depressing lows, and enough tears to flow a river, and here we are. Two of a kind and working on a full house. We would still both admit that we have no idea what we're doing, but we're doing it together. And I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Seven years of a new last name and a live-in best friend.
Six months of picking the perfect shade of blue and learning the difference between roses and callas.
Five months after our wedding before our family started to grow.
Four fantastic friends (each) who stood beside us as we said "I do" and who are still a huge part of our lives.
Three years of being protected by a sweet guardian angel.
Two rambunctious, smart, amazing boys who doubled the size of our original little family.
One tiny baby girl who will soon add to the love that has grown so much since that hot June day.

Seven years is just the beginning and I can honestly say I'm not itchy in the least. We are still starting out, but we now have (almost) three little sidekicks to tag along beside us. We are all in this together and together, life is sweet.

Thank you Jonathan, for starting this journey that has pretty much rocked.

Here's to a hundred more! <3

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