Several years ago, right before our wedding, I decided to write a post about how David and I met. We’re now celebrating our 10 year anniversary, which seems equal parts impossible and like time is a thief. With that in mind, here is a look back at how we met and how we have navigated our relationship through the messy, unpredictable, and blissful times. I once read that relationships aren’t perfect and love isn’t consistent, and this couldn’t be more true. Yet, when you meet your person, it works itself out.
When You Know, You Know: Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary
Ya know, love can be sneaky and it has the ability to just pop up when you’re least expecting it. When I met David, I was not in the mood to meet someone new, to start trying to figure out how to be together, and I certainly wasn’t looking for someone who would eventually become my life partner.
We met in 2011 and we’ve been together ever since that weekend we crossed paths at a bar on Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. There had been times where mutual people we knew tried to set us up prior to that fateful night, and I kept saying “no, thank you” to opportunities to run into him. That night I met him was different. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but looking back, I guess I knew that we had finally crossed paths for a reason.
It hasn’t always been great. There were some really rough times, especially during our second year of marriage when we couldn’t seem to communicate well together. Yet, we made it through together and are stronger for it. I trust David infinitely and our ability to navigate the hard times together. I also trust that he will annoy me and occasionally tick me off. Yet, our strength continues to be in our openness to express these emotions with each other, the independence we each bring to our relationship, and being each other’s biggest cheerleaders.
So, despite the rough times, the questions when our relationship hasn’t met the status quo, and him preferring to be a house cat to my love of constantly going, we continue to make the decision to show up and be better each day for the other person.
The little things that he does on a daily basis are great reminders of where we started and how we have continued to grow throughout the years. While writing this, he has come into the room with Winston & Gizmo so everyone could say hi and just check-in. He has taken the dogs for a walk in the cold, rainy weather so that I didn’t have to bundle up. He has laughed loudly to an episode of Impractical Jokers that I know he’s seen at least 4 times already this month. And he made a little cheese board with our favorite snacks to have happy hour to celebrate 10 years since we met.
His thoughtful, sweet gestures make up a trajectory of how we have grown together and continue to celebrate the small things. I had no idea when I met him 10 years ago that we would possibly cultivate such a dynamic relationship together. This weekend, we cheers to that and to all the moments in between.
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