It was 15 years ago on this date, that I married my best friend in front of family and friends on a beautiful warm autumn day on Long Island.
I can look back in my mind’s eye to this beautiful happy day like it was yesterday. We did not know what the journey ahead would be for us we just knew we wanted to spend our lives together. We have been together for 19 years having dated for 4 years before marrying.
What began as a friendship and blossomed into romance and now has deepened into a love and relationship that I could never imagine. To have this man by my side is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Over the years together we have had our ups and downs and we have weathered the storm coming out as a stronger team together.
I could never have imagined the journey our lives together would take and would never change a thing. This man who is now the father to our children. Each of our girls entrusted to us at birth. Our family expanding not only with the addition of our daughters but with each of their families. The love and friendship we share with all of our girls families only enhancing our love for each other.
Here we are 15 years later, we lived in San Francisco then to our first home purchased together in El Cerrito, then onto Hercules and now to our home in Poet’s Corner. We have traveled together including Alaska, Mexico, back and forth to the East Coast and our honeymoon in France and Italy. Later visiting friends and wandering through Australia. I first started camping with this man and now our family enjoys yearly summer camping together. We drove to our first daughter’s birth in Minnesota seeing it as an adventure leaving behind our coupledom .
Raising two girls together who are now 8 and 6 years old. The fun and hectic parts of our daily lives that doesn’t always leave time for us. I cherish our family time together but most importantly I cherish the time we get together just the two of us whether it’s after our girls have gone to bed or we’ve actually gone out on a date! The ups and downs of everyday life have only strengthened our friendship and love for each other.
Here’s to another 15 years and more, my love I wouldn’t want to share this crazy life with anyone else, Happy Anniversary!