This was us, 9 years ago today - on February 7th 2004 I said the big I do to the amazing man I now call my husband. The reaction most people give me when I tell them how long we've been married for is a dropped jaw; a HOW old are you again?
Yes, we got married young - I was 19, he was 20. We met when I was 15, started dating almost a year later, got engaged during our first year of university and married that summer. I used to be reluctant to tell people just long we've been married for as it's not always met with the nicest of comments (imagine whydidyouthrowyourlifeaway type remarks). Believe me, people do judge others for getting married young! But, it was the best decision we have made and I've come to realise that it's nothing to be ashamed of!
We met young and we knew early on that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. It wasn't a question of why get married, but more so - why not? I have a good friend in Australia (who I met after I was married) who has said to me that she never really thought that getting married young could work until she met us. I'll take that as a compliment - although Mitch and I have our ups and downs, getting married young has been a huge blessing to our lives. We didn't have to deal with the potential messes of dating, we've been able to support each other through our studies and we've been able to share so many amazing experiences together. We've traveled the globe together, experienced other cultures, learnt new languages. We've supported each other through so many different events and seen each other at our absolute lowest points as well as the highs. We had years as a couple to work on our own relationship as husband and wife, building a solid foundation before we welcomed our son into the world.
Our marriage is far from perfect and it's a continual work in progress, but I wouldn't change our wedding date for the world. By the time I turn 30, I will have been married to my best friend for more then a decade: that thought makes me a very happy woman indeed...
Happy wedding anniversary to my Mitch xo
And... Happy wedding anniversary to my big sister and brother-in-law! Thank you for letting us celebrate your wedding anniversary by getting married on it six years later - we love you guys!