a date that is remembered or celebrated because a special or notable event occurred on that date in a previous year.
What better way to get back into the spirit of blogging than to gush about year 1 of marriage?
This first year has brought us so much adventure and just the right amount of challenges (the good kind, that help you learn and grow - all challenges are good ones in our book). From a tropical honeymoon and road trips to Washington, to traveling Asia - we have been so outrageously blessed to have had the experiences we have this young into our marriage. I know I will always cherish memories from living with Preston in a foreign country for four months. I know I will always adore the exploration dates we would go on and laugh about the crazy circumstances we would find ourselves in. I will never forget the sights we saw, the people we met and grew close to, or the experiences had all within the first few months of marriage.
I think I have always taken for granted the fact that I get to work side by side in the family business with Preston. It's a funny thing telling people that you and your husband manage a haunted house, but I find comfort in knowing that it is the most exciting and interesting job you could ask for! It has been a complete blessing working as a team because lets face it, he handles stress and chaos significantly better than I do (this is usually where the 'things always turn out better than you think they will' speech comes in). He is always, ALWAYS, so upbeat about work - and never, ever complains about the long hours or the strenuous manual labor, he totally keeps me in check and reminds me constantly how good we have it! What a guy he is! I know we have both learned so very much working together.
Along with celebrating year one of marriage, we got to celebrate our fifth year of dating a couple days ago earlier (November 12th).
I met Preston when I was a senior in high school and he, a junior (call me a coug). I was so completely intrigued by Preston, he was so unlike any guy I had ever dated! He was so sweet and terribly funny and treated me like gold. I instantly fell in love with is outlook on life, he has always (always) had a resounding air of positivity about him. This was first illustrated to me by his life motto, 'things always turn out better than you think they will' (guess what, this is tried and true - and they do)!
Another thing easy to fall in love with was Preston's love for his family. Pretty quickly after we started dating, Preston started inviting me to his big once-a-month family home evening with his moms side. I felt right at home with his huge family (both my dad and his mom have eleven siblings - whoa) and adored watching him play with all his little cousins. It became apparent very early on how important family was to him, and even at 17 I couldn't help but think of what a cute father he would be one day.
*Side note - my family fell completely in love with Preston. We broke up once (for a very brief amount of time) and I couldn't tell who was most upset - me, or my mother! I am pretty sure that the night I announced we were engaged was the night that my siblings decided I wasn't so bad after all - seeing as they got to have Preston as a part of the family. My dad even loves Preston! This was really first illustrated after Preston came home alive, a few days after the engagement, from a motorcycling trip with Dad and the boys (:
We always had (and still have) so much fun together. From sluffing school for snowboarding (sorry mom and Maurnie) to exploring our favorite antique shops on the regular. For awhile there, we spent every single moment together. After we recovered from our ooey-gooey, year-long, honeymoon-dating stage, our friends finally agreed to be around us again. Preston led us all on some very exciting photographic ventures leaving us with some lovely memories. We've been lucky with the friendships we have had throughout our relationship.
Preston and I started talking about marriage early in our relationship. I know it is a miracle that we made it to where we are and that we definitely would not be here with out the challenges and obstacles we faced. I know for darn sure our relationship would not be anywhere near where it is now without having gone through those things. Isn't life funny in that way?
When I look at Preston, I see a husband who is with out question, my very best friend. I see someone who knows me as well (or better) than I know myself. I see my biggest fan, and greatest advocate. Sometimes I think his mission in life is to get me to love myself as much as he loves me. I am forever thankful to his wonderful parents for instilling the attributes they did in him. You guys brought up such an amazing man. I have never known a sweeter, more brilliant, or handsome human as Preston James Smith.
A lot of people like to say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I like to think that marriage/dating/relationships in general - is what you make of it. What we have been able to make has been beautiful. It's been a year full of laughter, love, adventure, challenges and lessons put into good use. The memories we have made will be forever and ever cherished.
I love you with all I've got Preston! Happy Anniversary, here's to seven-million more!