Friday, September 25, 2009

10 Years

Today, but it was ten years ago. The weather was warm, the strong wind a relief. Anticipation flew on that wind, high above the beauty, lighting each place it pleased.

What we knew was, family and friends, some we'd not seen in months, years, would descend, observe, feast. Emotion would run high, celebration would commence. Our intention carried the day.

What we didn't know, the years ahead and all they would hold. Argument and misunderstanding, sorrow and mistakes. Doubt and a will to give up, days it didn't make sense.

But there's more.

Love, laughter, shared blessings no one knows but we two. And babies, precious babies. Learning you can communicate, that maybe you're together for a reason bigger than comprehension. Different people, different personalities. You can be that person to one another.

Ten years ago today, when I married him, I didn't know how difficult a journey it would be. I may have thought twice, three times, had I.

Nor did I know the struggles would make us stronger, help us build a better team, a better family. And that today, a decade after, I'd be thankful I stuck around, loving him more, loving him better.

38 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Congrats on your first decade! Blessings on each day you continue to share.

Diane said...

Happy anniversary! Blessings for many more great years! :O)

Stina Rose said...

Happy Anniversary!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Congratulations. Just last weekend we went to U2 to celebrate our 10 years together. It feels good, doesn't it?
~ Wendy

Analisa said...

Happy Anniversary on the 10th year of your marriage! God bless you both.

Rebecca Nazar said...

Congrats and Happy Anniversary and many more.

Jenny Greenleaf said...

One decade down, many more to go!! Happy anniversary to you both!! xoxo

Joanne said...

Happy Anniversary to you both, Janna! It's quite a journey, isn't it?

JLC said...

Congratulations! How will you be celebrating?

Since our munchkins were so young, we celebrated our 10 year anniv. by buying each other laptops. Who knew mine would lead to making such great friends, and writing a few stories along the way. :)

Melanie Avila said...

*sniff*

Congratulations! You're a role model for those of us who are years behind you. :)

Janna Qualman said...

10 comments! Fitting.

Thanks, everyone! :)

Lazy Writer said...

Beautifully put. Happy Anniversary.

JKB said...

Aw, super congrats. And many many more your way!

Lori said...

Oh, happy anniversary. What beautiful words! He's so lucky.

septembermom said...

Happy Anniversary! A truly lovely post about the ups and downs of marriage. The ups make it all worthwhile :) I hope you have a truly wonderful day together!!

Jill Kemerer said...

Happy Anniversary! And you always have such a way of getting to the heart of it in a lyrical way. Have a wonderful weekend!

LeSan said...

Happy anniversary! I hope the two of you had a lovely day and will spend many more lovely days together for years to come.

Sharla said...

What an absolutely awesome tribute to your marriage, said in such a raw and honest and beautiful way.

Congrats, Janna! Enjoy and treasure it!

Kara said...

Happy Anniversary! And very nicely put:)

thedomesticfringe said...

Happy Anniversary!! 10 is a big milestone you know. Congrats!

-FringeGirl

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary! May God bless your future with love, joy and peace.

Blessings**

Janna Qualman said...

Thanks, everyone, for the kind thoughts and well wishes!

Strange Fiction said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful sentiments!

Deb Shucka said...

Big congratulations on your anniversary and on this brilliant tribute to marriage. May your celebration be full of love and fun and laughter.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Beautiful post! Got tears! Congrats and my the next decades bring you joy and blessings.

Heather Sunseri said...

Congratulations on 10 years, Janna!

Jessica said...

Yay, happy anniversary! I hope the next ten years are even richer with joy. :-)

Capri K said...

Congratulations! Keep on going!

WendyCinNYC said...

Such nice sentiments here. Congrats.

Terri Tiffany said...

I'm late! I hope your day was really special as it was ten years! Funny how time goes and we grow so used to each other and can't imagine life without that special other:)

Nadine said...

Congratulations on 10 years!! And thank you for doing such an honest post!! Marriage isn't easy but it is worth it!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Wow. I loved this post, Janna. You have a poignant way of painting word pictures, and marriage makes an unending canvas.

Congratulations on your anniversary! May the Lord bless you with many more,
Jen

Jeanette Levellie said...

Janna: You have a poignant way of painting word pictures, and marriage makes a never ending canvas, doesn't it?

May you have many more years together,
Jen

Michele said...

Congrats, Janna! Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Hugs,
Michele

Janna Qualman said...

Thanks again, everyone. We had a great weekend!

Natasha Fondren said...

Awww, well that's the truth!

Happy Anniversary, Janna!

Ana said...

That's such an amazing acknowledgement to have in yourself, isn't it, in what a relationship can bring, in what you and him can bring into one another, into experience. Happy Anniversary. (I know exactly how you feel.)

Janna Qualman said...

Natasha - It is! Refreshing truth.

Ana, thanks so much.