Seven year journey (Kel and Leanne “The marriage”)

Anniversary Collage

please enjoy 7 years of us and don’t forget to note Kel’s beard-timeline and my ever changing hair color.

Seven years love, seven!  Can you believe it?

Seven years since “Kel and Leanne THE WEDDING” or as our friends called it “The Pool Party.”  (due to my obsession with our main wedding color: bright aqua.)

Seven years of figuring each other out, falling deeper in love, falling apart and then somehow, with God’s grace, coming back together again and again.

And the once more… for good measure.

2 babies, 10 jobs, 3 states, 6 homes, 8 desks (don’t ask), 4 cars and 1 really annoying cat later…. here we are love, we’ve made it this far.

Still in love, still fighting and fighting for it even in the midst of an uphill year.

Our “move back to Michigan” gamble has stretched us farther than we’d hoped, but through it we’re reaching new heights together. Think of all the faith we’d lose or the wisdom we’d never have gained had this year gone the easy route.

But it didn’t and it’s been a blend of bittersweet chaos.

Monday, on our “actual anniversary” we found ourselves in pajamas on the couch after a hard weekend of general discord.

So we did our best by sharing a pizza and laughing at the obvious jokes in “The Avengers.”  Because we know when we’ve been beat AND we’ve really come to terms with how nerdy we are.  All we need now is a few bow ties and a TARDIS cookie jar and we should be set.  

In seven years we’ve learned that marriage isn’t always easy, and that it takes effort to allow the hard times to bring you together rather than apart.

I’ve learned about your deep need for encouragement and you’ve figured out that many of my worst days can diffused by sending me to take a bath.

Last night we gave celebration another go and met up for dinner at Public in Zeeland, sharing bacon wrapped dates and reminiscing on the journey behind us… and speculating on that one laid out ahead. Continue reading