On July 13th, husband and I celebrated our first entire year of marriage! We didn’t do anything extravagant (after all, our trip to California/Disneyland in May was our anniversary gift to each other). We just stayed in, made our favorite dinner, and enjoyed being together. A humble and sweet first anniversary.

Reflecting back on one entire year of marriage, I have to admit, it was wonderfully crazy. Everyone always says that the first year of marriage is always the hardest - but if that’s what they call hard, I can’t wait for all the rest of the years of marriage to come. Granted, the first year did have some hard parts - mostly having to do with our on-going struggle of finding full-time positions and dealing with the heartbreak that comes with rejection. Especially when you get your heart really set on a job that you’re interviewing for. It’s been tough not being able to have a steady income, secure benefits for ourselves, be able to have a place of our own (although we aren't ashamed of living with my mom, and we’re eternally grateful for her hospitality or else we’d probably be living in a cardboard box). But we also realize how lucky we are in all of this. We’re together and happy, we’re married with a beautiful wedding and honeymoon to reminisce about, we were able to go to college and study what we wanted to, as well as a great parent (my mom) who has gone above and beyond the call of parenthood as we have tried and tried and tried to get on our own feet this past year.

It's so great that we were together for almost six and a half years before we got married, and now it’s nearly seven and a half years with one year of marriage under our belts. And the fact that, at this point, we’ve learned about the ebbs and flows of marriage. I heard someone once explain relationships like this: “You're best friends for awhile, then lovers, then best friends again…and most people bow out of the relationship at the second best friend…” After being together for so long, we’ve learned about all those aspects. So when our relationship is ebbing instead of flowing, we don’t freak out because we know it’s just a natural and healthy part of us continuing to grow together. It’s precious and beautiful and our relationship - our marriage - is the most wonderful decision that we’ve ever made. Thankfully, we’re still young, so we’ve got many many MANY fantastic, scary, exciting years left ahead of us to just be together. We did a sweet little one-year anniversary shoot. I like the idea of an anniversary shoot because it’s a magnificent reason to get fancied up and take “for real” pictures together. We plan on continuing to do it every year, especially once babies are added to the mix of this crazy little family of ours. ;)

My favorite part of this thing called marriage is the fact that I am living and loving the family that I got to create. The one that I chose, and continue to choose, to be a part of - to build upon and make better with each day and each year that passes. There’s something beautiful about being with someone because you WANT to be, not because you have to. There’s something so sacred that. It’s a decision you wake up and make every single day. And it’s one that husband and I take so very seriously - especially in a world that’s so filled with people who don’t. Our marriage and our love is what makes us get up each and every single day, and we thank God for each and every single night. So, to my husband...thank you for a wonderful first year of marriage, of almost seven and a half years of being in a relationship, and for all the incredible years that are awaiting us in the future. You are the best decision I have ever made in my life!

PS: Please note in the pictures we have with a sign that says The Meyer's, there should be an apostrophe between the R and the S. Our last name is simply MEYER - no S! - but the lady who made the sign for us a few years ago didn’t add an apostrophe. Husband is going to try to do that himself.