I had started another blog at the beginning of 2012. I have since deleted it. I figured I could just mark the milestones here on this blog. It was going to be about all of the milestones that are happening in my life this year. The first one was back in May when Bud turned 16. But, we know waht happened less than a week before, so I didn't post anything about my "little" boy having a milestone birthday. (And if you don't know what happened, you can read about it here.) And then we found out that my mom is going to have open heart surgery this summer for a birth defect that she was just recently diagnosed with. So some seriously unhappy stuff has been happening this year.
Today, however is another milestone for me. One I wouldn't change for anything. Today, the Man and I celebrate 10 years of marriage. We have been together for 18, but didn't decide to make the lifelong commitment to one another until 10 years ago. Because we had been together for 8 years and already had a child together, we kept it simple. We got married on my parents deck, wearing jeans and t-shirts. The Man and I don't like to dress up very much, so instead of sttressing out about tux rentals and wedding gown shopping, we decided to do what we wanted. Bud was our ring bearer (or Ring Bear, as he said at the time), and my twin neices were the flower girls. It is one of my favorite days of my entire life.
Tonight, we are going to a wedding of a former co-worker who is very dear to me. I can't imagine a better way to celebrate our commitment to one another than being part of another couples promise of a lifetime. At the beginning of 2012, I had no idea that this is how I would be spending this milestone. I wouldn't want to do it any differently.