Saturday, May 26, 2007

Then Comes Marriage!



Happy Anniversary to me, Happy Anniversary to me, Happy Anniversary dear Nikki (and Jay). Happy Anniversary to me! Thank you all for your sweet comments and well wishes on my last post. You gals are the best!


But, TODAY marks six years of wedded bliss for this happy couple.
When Jay proposed to me (at the Grand Haven Lighthouse on Lake Michigan) I said "YES!" without hesitation or doubt. I never second guessed that decision and I had very HOT feet on my wedding day. I was about to marry the greatest man (other than my dad) that I had ever known. We breezed through our pre-marital counseling...we divided up our chores properly -- he was in charge of the outside of our future home and I would take care of the inside. We decided together that we would have 2 children and he would be the "good cop" and I would play the "bad cop". We had it all figured out!

I don't think we even had more than a minor argument that whole first year we were married. Then we started our second year of marriage. Then we weren't getting pregnant. Then we got VERY disturbing news from our doctor regarding our future. Basically, then LIFE HAPPENED. It hasn't always been easy. We have had many issues to face as a couple. Our infertility was the most difficult thing we went through. We bought our first home together and realized how much work they can be. We have dealt with job changes and pay cuts and wondering how we were going to pay our bills that month. We have had stupid, little fights over nothing that turned into huge arguments. But, we have gotten through all of these things together. We took our vows before God, friends, and family and we meant what we said. We are in this thing for the long haul. We have made amazing memories together. Heck, we've climbed the Great Wall of China together! We went to the other side of the world to bring home the most incredible little girl EVER and now every day we get to be her parents TOGETHER. I have no complaints and no regrets about my life. I married the man of my dreams (literally), and I would do it all over again today if I could.

Jay works tonight, so we went out and celebrated last night. He took me to a wonderful, romantic restaurant for dinner. We enjoyed delicious food, great wine, and incredible conversation. It felt like we were getting to know each other all over again! Then we grabbed a coffee and walked around our downtown area holding hands. The weather was warm with a nice breeze -- after walking for quite awhile we went to another restaurant and sat on their patio and shared dessert. The chocolate mousse was a perfect ending to a perfect night. I swear, I fell in love all over again and it was great. We need to make sure we don't wait until our seventh anniversary to do this again.




33 comments:

kris said...

Happy Anniversary Nikki and Jay... what an amazing relationship you guys have... and what a gorgeous couple you make!

Beckyb said...

Happy Anniversary you two!! Sounds like a wonderful evening!! I love those kind! I am so glad we got to take "the trip of a lifetime" with you both!!

Sue said...

Happy Anniversary! After spending countless hours with couples in trouble, it's always so good to hear someone glad that they're still married!!

Ava Baby said...

Wishing you guys a wonderful anniversary. I enjoyed your story.

Beth and Shayna said...

Happy anniversary to you both. It sounds like you have had an amazing 6 years together and I hope that you have many more filled with love and happieness. It also sounds like you all had a great evening. And yes, do not wait until next year for a romantic date. Although, I am not one to talk at the moment.

Steffie B. said...

You two are so adorable....wishing you many more wonderful years together and with Miss Lily Lin!

PromiseKeepersDaughter said...

Happy anniversary! You guys look so happy! Congrats!!!
We are coming up on our 5th and I can hardly believe where the time went. Here's to the next 6 and beyond.

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Anniversary. I love the picture when you are each on opposite sides of the door.

Stacy said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

What a great post! 'Life' is hard, but it is so nice when it settles in and we can enjoy just being together. You two sound like PERFECT partners.

Your evening sounds fantastic!

Jonni & John said...

Happy anniversary Nikki and Jay. You two are quite the dashing couple! Nikki, you are also one of the sweetest people and best mamas I have ever met. Happy 6 years and here's to many more.

P.S. John and I are celebrating our 6 year anniversary on 10/20/07, I can't believe it has been that long and I bet you guys feel the same way too.

Hugs,
Jonni
:)

TaiwanMommy said...

Happy Aniversary, Y'all!

I haven't been here in a bit.. I've MISS YOU! Lily is just as precious as ever.

Say, I think you should add "Sacramento, CA" as a "someplace warmer" you'd move to, cause we'd LOVE to have you nearby. We can sing duets to embarass the girls, and generally have fun! :)

hugs-
Val

Dannye said...

happy anniversary to you!! you guys sound like the perfect couple, almost as perfect as Ray and I (hehehe)!! amazing story!!!

Mommy Spice said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love to hear about husbands and wives who are still in love, even after 6 years of marraige. I married the love of my life and know exactly how you feel. Glad you had a great night out.

new girl said...

Happy Anniversary! Oh wow -- you have really touched me. You looked soooo beautiful...and your invitation was incredible! I love weddings that are filled with personal touches from the heart, and not just the by the book ceremony. A wedding where you can really see the couple in every moment.

So glad your anniversary celebration was a rediscovery of everything you already knew that you had.

GWEN OATSVALL said...

i love hearing stories of how people met and fell in love ... i love even more to hear how after years of marriage how in love people still are ... happy annv. and so glad we went all the way to china to meet !!! i can't wait for Jay and Scott to meet.

GWEN OATSVALL said...

p.s. you looked absolutely beautiful in your wedding picture!!

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

Congratulations Jay and Nikki! What a wonderful tribute to you both.

amy liz said...

what a beautiful post. congratulations you two! marriage would be boring if it werent for life happening - fighting and then falling more deeply in love - over and over and over. i cannot imagine how amzing it will feel after FIFTY years. love you guys.

Jane said...

Belated Happy Anniversary from me! sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Loved seeing the wedding pics!

Doris & Dan said...

Happy Anniversary to a lovely couple.

Keep smilin!

Truly Blessed said...

Happy Anniversary! How romantic, to be proposed to out at beautiful Lake Michigan.

Congrats on the first six, and here's a virtual toast {{{{{{{clink!}}}}}}} to many, many more!

Colleen said...

Happy Anniversary and many many more! :-)

Gee Gee said...

Wow, has it really been that long? Your evening sounds so romantic...I'm totally jealous! Keep havin' those "date nights" and always end 'em with the chocolate mousse (ha).

a&mg said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Carrie said...

Happy 6th Anniversary Nikki and Jay! I love the wedding picture in the car. The huge smiles say it all. Even through all the "reality checks" a marriage can bring the lasting ones are the ones that can edure anything together! Best wishes to you both as you celebrate a very special, happy time!

Tracy said...

Happy Anniversary!! Loved the photos!!

Tracey & Mike said...

Happy Anniversary. A beautiful couple and a beautiful love story!

The Shocks said...

I'm late but happy anniversary. You were and still are a beautiful bride. I love your smile.

The Katie Starr Team said...

Happy Belated Anniversary. What a loving couple you make :)

Lynn said...

How sweet! Congratulations! Where did you go for dinner? We have our 16th coming soon!

Love the picture by the door!

Lily's Pad said...

Happy Anniversary. You make a beautiful couple and wonderful parents to a beautiful little girl!

Mary

LIZ said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

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