Four years ago today, I married the most genuine, kind hearted, hard working, loving, generous, loyal and honest man. He was and is more than I ever dreamed of I could have in a husband.
Despite being raised at different ends of the North Dakota prairie, God had a grand plan for us to meet via Northwest Airlines on a business trip to Kansas City in 2005.
15 months later we married and became a blessed family of three.
Within the first 32 months of our marriage we:
Jumped off the corporate wheel
Turned in the company car and walked away from the cushy benefits
Drastically lowered our income
Moved to the prairie
Sold our previous house
Started our son in a new school
Broke ground on our new home
Had a baby
Built a home
Moved again into an unfinished home
Finished a home
Had another baby
And through it all we were truly happy with our ever evolving family and life.
There are marriages that don’t go through that schedule in twenty years much less in the short time frame we did. It built a tremendous foundation for us to constantly communicate and stay connected.
But my (sarcastic but realistic) goal for our fourth year of marriage was to not move or have a baby. Nathan agreed. It has been our first year of marriage with out any major life changes. Our marriage has continued to blossom as have our kids. We are stronger and more blessed than either of us could have ever dreamed of in our lifetime.
We celebrated our anniversary together last weekend in the surprisingly metropolitan and culturally diverse prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnipeg is 200 miles from our family farm where our kids stayed for two nights with grandparents, cousins and uncles while we road tripped for our Winnipeg get away. Nathan and I took in the fabulous premiere of Chantal Kreviazuk (one of my new favorite singers) with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra which I managed to work my sale skills to get 2 for 1 section one tickets. My salesman husband was fully impressed with the deal. Our weekend included eating Thai, sushi and steak. We drank a few too many Tim Horton’s lattes. We walked downtown and went to an I-Max movie. A married couple with young children going to a movie in a theater is a big time treat and an I-Max movie was amazing to see. We did all things that in our working and parenting modes we rarely take the time to do. But for 48 hours, Winnipeg provided us a grand get away from the rigors our daily life and fun way to celebrate our anniversary.
And how are we celebrating our anniversary today?
Nathan is a keeper. Forever.
He had flowers delivered to my hotel room last night.
I am alone with out him today on our anniversary while traveling on business. He is at home working and with the kids. Soon I will be home to see them all. But despite my travels today, I am filled with happiness and thankful for all that we have together.
Happy Anniversary, NAP. I think you would say right now “no mushy stuff on the blog” so…
I love you.