May 26, 2011
Today we’re 4. It’s funny because earlier this week Micah & I were both talking about how it feels like we’ve been married for longer than 4 years (in a good way, not in a bad way!) 4 years really flew by…and it’s even crazier to think that when we first met, we were 19 & 20. I still laugh when I think about how Micah tripped over a pinecone after introducing himself to me – we had no idea then that we’d ever go on a first date, call each other boyfriend/girlfriend & then fiance…get married…and have a baby boy?!
We celebrated yesterday with a date night at Disneyland, & then tonight we’ll be taking a stay-cation & enjoying an extra yummy meal. We’re so thankful for Landon’s grandparents who have traded off taking care of him for half of yesterday & overnight today.
I snapped a quick shot this morning – there are always certain things that just fit or remind me of the past year we’re celebrating. For the first year, I’d pick Haribo gummi bears since they are Micah’s fav & were our wedding favors. The second year, coffee beans – that was when I was still working my 8-5 & Micah would make my coffee every morning for me. The third year, soybeans – or something from Japan – we had our amazing vacation before we were pregnant, & once we were expecting he was our little bean.
This year, I picked one of my hospital bracelets. Actually the one in the picture is Micah’s, since it reads “significant other.” 4 months of hospital – 2 for me & 2 more for Landon – that was a defining thing for our past year together. We’ve been there to support one another in the past through times of loss & confusion, hurt & healing…but I think this past year we learned to lean on each other & especially depend upon our Lord in a way we never have before. I’d say it was one of the toughest trials I’ve been through yet, the mix of emotions, the hoping, the waiting, trying to be strong for each other & constantly pointing each other to our Rock. God gave us a peace about the whole situation that is hard to explain, but being with Landon everyday now we’re reminded of His great faithfulness & blessing.
Micah has been my significant other for a long time (almost a decade, not quite yet, but almost). I’ve been so thankful for God giving me Micah as a best friend & husband, but I think going through the hospital season together I had never been more thankful for him. He slept at the hospital with me on a cot a foot too short for him, & took care of all of the things I could not when I was on bedrest. He’s the best daddy for Landon, & makes him smile & laugh like no one else can. He held me when I couldn’t control my tears on bad hospital days, made me laugh or took me out for sunshine therapy, recorded ‘live’ journal entries for me (even when I didn’t want to, he knew I’d want it later), & was a tangible reminder of God’s love & comfort to me.
We didn’t know when we said our vows 4 years ago how soon we’d really have to experience the “…sickness & health, for better or worse…” part or exactly how it would come about, but I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else. So we’re celebrating another year that we’re thankful to be together, to be in love, of being married to our best friend.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Gilmore.