10 Years

Yesterday was our 10 year wedding anniversary.  I usually let our anniversaries pass without a lot of fanfare, partly because ours is smack after New Years.  By the time Christmas and New Years are over, I'm partied out.

But this one - this is the 10th.  Kind of a biggie.

So 10 years ago, we looked like this:


And now?


All things considered, I think we look pretty good!  Run through the wringer a bit, but after 10 years and three kids, who isn't?

We have had a lot of, um, surprises in the past 10 years.  Not that we don't like surprises. 

I'll tell you one thing though.  I couldn't have picked a better dad for our special needs children, if I'd had a pile of resumes in front of me, and had done interviews.  (I guess, in a way, dating is interviewing, isn't it?)  I don't have any idea how he dealt with the news that our twins have Fragile X Syndrome, because I was a broken down wreck for quite awhile.  I went through the necessary motions of childcare and work, but really wasn't functional.  He picked up all the pieces and kept our family going while I lost my mind.  Not many dads would have done it as well as he did.

I hope I've been as supportive of him.  And I hope for fewer surprises in the next 10 years.  If there must be surprises (and I figure, there probably must be), may they be pleasant ones.

And now, a short look back.
Newspaper headline on our wedding day.


Some of my girls.


Ken and Mike
This little tyke just graduated from college.
Aw, the cuteness!  Of  course, they are cute teenagers now.
A candid shot of Mark and our dads that I like.

p.s.  Are we officially an old married couple?

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