Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Nine Years Better

I don't know if I've ever heard of National Best Friend Day until Monday {and believe me, I pay close attention to Facebook}.

I couldn't help but grin when I realized this day came a few days before the anniversary of legally telling my best friend I'd hang out with him forever. Yes, I married that Bauer boy on this day in 2006, less than a year after I told him I'd be his girlfriend. We planned for months, chose flowers, picked colors, and quickly learned just how overwhelming wedding planning could be. Despite it all, we tied that knot, slipped on those rings, and haven't looked back.

Nine years ago we partied like there was no tomorrow and had no clue what the next few thousand tomorrows would bring. As much as I like to wish my husband "Happy anniversary, can't wait to see what's next!" it's just as fun to look back and see how much we've grown since that hot June day.

In honor of the love that built this bunch, today I'm sharing nine memories that I will carry forever:
  1. Saying "yes" with a guarded heart when he asked me {again} to be his girlfriend.

  2. Saying "yes" before he could get onto his knee in the parking lot at UCA.

  3. Saying "yes" when one pink line became two in the bathroom of our first rent house in Conway.

  4. Looking for lightning bugs in the bottoms of Faulkner County.

  5. Looking for a beating heart on the ultrasound screen.

  6. Driving home at 6:00 in the morning after staying up all night talking about nothing.

  7. Going to bed at 6:00 in the morning after staying up all night soothing a colicky baby.

  8. Holding his hand and knowing what love and safety and friendship felt like.

  9. Loving him more today than on all the yesterdays combined. No joke.

Things have changed so much in nine years. There have been struggles, there have been fights, and there has been plenty of imperfection, but I can say with 100% certainty that we have steadily improved. This relationship gets better with time and understanding, trust and patience. My life is sweet because I know I can fall into him, and he knows the same. I can't wait to see just how good it can get.

Happy Anniversary, Jonathan. I sure do love you.

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Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope you do something special to celebrate.

Georgeanne | Southern Fried Soprano said...

Happy anniversary, you two!

Jessica Bauer said...

Thank you both! And Karen, Jonathan came home with beautiful flowers, swept me off my feet, and then cooked a delicious steak with a tall adult beverage. Then we smashed up a couple baked potatoes and the five of us sat down to dinner. ;) It was pretty perfect!