Seven years ago this morning, I woke up and began furiously writing my wedding vows. Somehow, we settled on writing them ourselves despite my penchant for procrastination, so I quickly scribbled down some thoughts, and then with a bridesmaid in tow, we headed to the store for champagne. Priorities. Side note: I forgot my ID, so my bridesmaid had to go to another cashier, while I hid in the parking lot! I was too nervous to actually drink a mimosa though, because I still had a long way to go on the vow-writing front.
I’m so thankful to a family friend that recorded them, so that each year on our anniversary, I can remember the promises I made that day. Promises like watching Friends reruns together before falling asleep and making him pancakes on Sundays, but also real promises like to always forgive and always think the best of him. Before our wedding day, we had dated for four years and chose each other again and again. I remember naïvely thinking that we had faced tough times and come out the other side, so the next forty years would be a breeze. I had no idea just how big our challenges would be, but in those challenges, I have seen the kind of man Ryan really is. A man who is determined and forgiving and who relentlessly loves his family. When he is hurt, somehow he loves harder. I don’t do that! I want to though. And I’m grateful that I get forever to figure out how to love bigger and do this wife thing better.
And since the most romantic way to spend your anniversary weekend is at a pumpkin patch with your toddler (haha but really no way I’d rather spend it!), here are a few photos from our weekend.
Hudson brought along a measuring tape and ran the numbers on each of his favorites to make sure we took home the biggest. We might need to work on his units of measurement though, because after measuring this one, he proudly announced, “This one is three dollars!”
And here is Ryan describing to Hudson how “gourd-geous” this pumpkin is. Hudson is not yet into cheesy puns, but we’ll keep at it.
And the extra large and lopsided one we took home!2