I have not posted anything in quite a while, but today deserves this break, possibly the break, from my hiatus. Today King and I celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I didn’t think it would be such a big deal, but you know what, IT IS. Today is a milestone in our lives. Ten years. By the grace of God, we have been together ten years!
So many memories! I was just telling Danae the other day that on our first wedding anniversary, when she was nearly a month old, I prepared a candle lit dinner on our living room floor. King and I faced each other while she laid on a thick blanket beside us. I can’t remember what I cooked but I remember the candles and the white blanket. Too bad we didn’t have a proper camera back then. No pictures!
Oh our wedding. I remember the things that went great and things that went wrong. I don’t remember the food except that I dropped my pumpkin soup spoon on my dress hahaha. And my dad, who was so excited. He interrupted our first dance so we could take a picture with relatives! And he grabbed the mic from me to share his excitement, and then to tell our guests what kind of brat I am (or was), hahaha.
One of the things we learned from our leaders even then is how important it is to build memories. And travelling has been one of our favorite things to do — instant memories-builder! Every trip we take becomes a special memory. Mine and King’s first travel experience while we were engaged was for Campus Harvest in Baguio. That was memorable, especially because we had a fight hahaha. The next one was a road trip to Pangasinan with my childhood peers, right after which King and I joined my family in Baguio for a road trip to Ilocos. Of course, our first trip as a married couple was our honeymoon in Camiguin. Because I spent my childhood summers in Cagayan de Oro, it was not my first time there, but it was King’s. Since then, we’ve visited the island a few times — once when Danae was a baby, another time when Noelle was a baby (my cousin’s wedding), and a couple more other times. And to keep with tradition, it will be Gianna’s turn pretty soon. God-wiling, we will continue travelling as a family, and one day hopefully in the near future, King and I will be able to go on the much awaited trip by ourselves.
So many lessons too! We are the first to admit that our marriage is not perfect. We have our own issues — some we have overcome, others we are still working on. I thank the Lord that neither of us gave up on the other. There was never a talk about leaving or taking a time out. I am grateful that God is not done with me yet. Let’s just say that though I have a long long way to go, I’ve come a long way hahaha. We have endured difficult times together, and yes, we have endured each other’s annoying habits. We are continually learning to forgive and love unconditionally, to serve each other, to communicate better, to work as a team, to enjoy what we have, to be better parents. I thank God that I have a partner who refuses to “know it all.” He is always willing to learn and grow with me. Thank God we are surrounded by godly men and women who care about us, whom we can count on not just for friendship but for wise counsel. Our own parents’ marriages are examples to us as well. King’s parents are still happily married, enjoying their ten grandchildren. And if my dad were alive, he and my mom would still be happily married, enjoying their five grandchildren.
Ten years today. Ten years with the love of my life and my best friend, who is fast asleep on our bed. Our older daughters though battling cough and colds, are asleep on their beds. The baby is asleep on me. I’m typing with one hand, my shoulder and arm are about to go numb, I have unfinished work, I’m sleepy and hungry at the same time. BUT ALL IS RIGHT IN MY WORLD. Thank you Lord for King. Thank you Lord for three beautiful daughters. Thank you Lord for ten beautiful years. 🙂