Exactly one year ago – well, specifically one year and one day ago- Nate and I were saying “I do” in the middle of Hurricane Matthew, surrounded by all our family and friends and loved ones, in our wonderful little home of Durham, NC.
Boy, has life taken a 180 since then!
I cannot believe it has already been a year since our special day. Time feels like it’s gone by so quickly, but at the same time, so much change has happened in these short 365 days. But we’re not here to talk about that today.
Today we’re going to talk about this little thing called marriage 😉
I’m not sure I’ve told you all Nate and I’s story before. We go WAY back. Like back to the third grade when we met on the school bus for the first time. I was that shy girl in my Catholic school uniform, riding the public school bus en route to my little school on the other side of town. He was that outgoing class clown who popped down into my seat and asked me question after question about my uniform and my school and when we moved here and why we were riding his bus. I just wanted him to let me sit quietly, staring out the window, but I learned very quickly, he was a persistent guy. Obviously he made a great first impression 😉
Fast forward years later, I had transferred to the public school and we were sitting next to each other in 10th grade English class. I was that meticulously good student, taking precise notes and always listening. He was that token friendly guy, always down to chat buuuttt not always listening when he needed to. A friendship formed over shared notes and jokes about the teacher.
And a couple years later, that friendship turned into something else. Something that my 17-year-old self knew was pretty freaking special and couldn’t believe I had found at such a young age. We both went off to college, not knowing what was going to happen to us— we’d heard those nightmare stories about long distance. But what I do remember, is the night before we left he said, “Whatever happens, I’m going to find you when we’re 27 and I’m going to marry you.”
And that’s what he did. Well, sort of. Ish. You just gotta stick with me.
(Yes, these are pictures from when we were 17. And yes, I still look like a 17-year-old lol!)
College was tough. We were on and off the whole time, trying to distance ourselves to find out who we were as individuals, but constantly being pulled back together by this invisible magnet. There were so many ups and downs. There was a point in time where we didn’t talk for almost a year.
But we found our way back again. He called me out of the blue one day during my graduate year, coincidentally right around the time I was going to be in his college town visiting friends. He took me out to dinner. The rest is history.
As soon as we both graduated, we made a pact to find jobs in Washington DC and we’d begin our life there together. And five years ago, that’s exactly what we did! We blossomed in this new city together as we began our careers. A year later we moved in together, a year after that we moved to North Carolina together for his law school, and one year later, he proposed on the river right near our first home together in Virginia.
And when I was 27, he married me, just like he said he would.
So that is our story. And today, we’re celebrating one whole year as husband and wife! Gahhh it seems just unreal. So how did the first year of marriage go, you ask?
I’d say we did a pretty good job! I mean, don’t get me wrong, life was not always sunshine and butterflies (especially while he was studying for that pesky bar exam). We are like most other married couples, we agree at lot, but we disagree at lot too. And with all the changes that life has thrown at us this year, we’ve had our fair share of trials.
But at the same time, we’ve had so much joy this year too. Nate graduated from law school and we spent the summer traveling together and visiting family, something we value so much in life. We shared some amazing memories with our incredible friends in Durham and DC. We moved to this adorable little house right outside DC and made it our home together. We snuggled with our puppy constantly and probably spent more time talking about him than we did any other topic (#dogparents).
Life has been pretty darn good to us in this first year of marriage and I feel so lucky to have such a supportive partner by my side though it all.
So Nate, my love, happy anniversary! You are my everything. Here’s to 70 more of these 🙂