5 years! It feels something of a milestone, this half decade. So much has happened.
• Both my grandparents and my aunt died
• Karen and I lost two babies before succeeding with Tom who’ll be 3 in October
• I finally got my English degree
• Karen finally got her ACCA qualification
• I began this blog
• I wrote a novel
• We bought a house
• Karen totally renovated the garden to the point where we are now growing our own fruit and veg
And through it all Karen and I feel just as close as we always did. The magic is still there. Sure the magic might get buried occasionally under fatigue, work stresses, money worries, ill health, etc, but it’s still there bubbling away.
It’s funny to think that even just 10 years ago I would never have imagined myself as being where I actually am right now. Sure, I haven’t run a marathon, haven’t been into space or made a million with my home web design business but I’m still proud of what has been achieved and what has been survived over the last 5 years.
The ups have been up and the downs have been down.
I’m sure there’ll be challenges aplenty in the next 5 years but I can say with absolute certainly that I hope Karen and I are still together, working our way through them steadily in the not so far off year that is 2015.
And I hope to see all of you there too. Here’s to the next 5!
I am totally impressed, I have little to compare.
Ally: I am sure you are being way too modest.
And thanks for the easy Sunday morning comment op.
Awww that is just the loveliest post. I am envious (by no means most of all) of your home grown vegies, what a woman!
Congratulations and happy anniversary, you ought to be proud of those achievements, and I am actually grateful to you for putting some perspective on doing so, for it might just make me stand back and look differently at my own (bloody high achiever that I am).
Rol: cheers (I felt like giving everyone a break).
Being Me: thank you kindly, dear woman. Though I'm sure your own achievements far outstrip my own.
Happy 5th Anniversary old chap. All good
LöstJimmy: many thanks, my friend.
Now, if you could just get the barbarians to stop pooping on the floor; then life would be fully perfect...
Speaking of which, you might find this story on CNN today amusing :
Just think of it as a little anniversary present dropped from above !
Many happy returns to one of the finest writers and bloggertainers I've had the good fortune to come across... that unforgettable letter to the spammers from Nigeria remains in mind every time I see a spam... which is the sign of excellent writing, if we remember it, it must have been worth remembering, as the bad stuff goes in the bin straightaway, never to return...
What kind of wedding photo is that? The groom is supposed to be on the bride's right so that he can draw his sword; presumably you walked down the aisle the correct way and this was just for the photo, or it isn't actually your wedding photo.
Anyway it has been an eventful 5 years for you [I must look to see when I started reading your blog.]
Congratulations: enjoy each other's company, love and support for that is what it is all about.
Ad multos annos...as they used to say to Popes...
What a lovely hymn to happiness on a Sunday!
Happy Anniversary! Something to be proud of in this day and age. Marriage isn't easy, but if you can weather the occasional storm, I think that there is nothing better. Lovely post to read.
Working through the highs and lows together forges an unbreakable bond. Well done. This kind of success does not happen on its own. Congratulations to you both.
Owen: high praise indeed from one who's blog goes from artistic strength to strength; thank you.
Tenon_Saw: it was a most informal wedding is all I can say (though the paperwork is all fully legal and binding)!
The fly in the web & Suzanne: thank you both.
English Rider: weathering the storms increases the appreciation of clear blue skies, I always say, and thankfully there's been plenty of the latter.
That's lovely Steve. Congratulations to you both. I'm so glad you're happy and well.
Congrats - lovely to hear the 'male' side of an anniversary celebration.
Am still waiting to hear mine, some 17 years (yes, s-e-v-e-n-t-e-e-n) on. Maybe you can give my OH a prod or five.
Congratulations to you and Karen!! Gustavo and me celebrate our 4th wedding (civil partnership?) anniversary at the start of August so we're not too far behind! Doing anything nice to celebrate, me old china?
Steve, that is just lovely. Congratulations to both or you. I'll raise a glass to five and many more!
Anna: thank you, m'dear!
London City Mum: just send your OH round here and we'll soon have him ship-shape and appreciative! ;-)
OC: thank you - we went out for a lovely Thai meal last night and are also going out for another meal next Saturday.
Wanderlust: cheers! I'm hoping we'll have time to open a second and maybe a third barrel!
Aww, congratulations Steve.
I am also hugely impressed by your wifes veg garden, I can't even keep a spider plant alive!
Hey congratulations, Steve.
And yes, you've done a lot in that time. I guess it must be two years at least since I've been reading here.
Hope you did something nice to celebrate?
Have a great summer x
Congrats to you and Karen.
well done, you two! Having just clocked up 15 years I know what you mean. The Stud's parents have been a]married 60 years and they still hold hands and seem like newly weds. Thats something to aim for, I reckon!
Evidently WOOD is the traditional gift for fifth anniversary..
Wooden spoon..? Wooden box? Wooden leg (ok getting a bit surreal here)
Have a super anniversary.
Gappy: we're overrun with spider plants - you don't fancy taking some off our hands then?
Gina: we went for a lovely meal Saturday evening and are going for another one next Saturday. It's a rare treat so we're doing it twice!
Vicky: thank you!
Amanda: that's true. A worthy goal indeed.
Mark: morning wood? Sorry. Couldn't resist!
Belated congratulations steve and karen....enjoy your days and nights and sharing your life together.
Happy Annibersary! You've really achieved a lot in those past five years! Well done! I do not even remember where I was 5 years ago...Nowhere glamourous, I suppose...Ciao. A.
Heartiest congratulations to you both, Steve! I'm sorry I missed this post first time around. Must have had blinders on again.
You two have been through quite a lot in the short time of your marriage, but it seems you have what it takes to make a good go of it. Best wishes, for many more loving anniversaries to come!
Libby: thank you muchly.
Lunarossa: thank you - not sure that any of it is particularly glamourous... it certainly didn't feel that way at the time anyway!
The Crow: thank you!
Congratulations how wonderful is that!! So lovely to hear that the challenges you've faced together have brought you closer together. fab. xx
Ah, this is such a sweet post. You've met those milestones and survived. Indeed, thrived! Congrats!
Femminismo: aw, thanks!
Thats really lovely to hear Steve - all the best for more of it...
Sarah: thank you.
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