My 10th Wedding Anniversary - 02.08.13



Today my husband and I have been married for 10 years. It has become the most important anniversary milestone in our twelve years together and our ten years of marriage.  It is a realization in itself that we have been married this long but there is no denying the fact when I also remember that our oldest is now eight years old.  Time really does pass you by.  I recently was given a wedding dvd from one of our wedding guests after I told them we had lost our wedding dvd in a move.  We watched it last night with my sister and it was remarkable to see just how young we were only a decade ago.  It almost seems like a whole different world we were living in as newlyweds.  

We we currently still living in the 'bubble' of my conservative christian university in the days before my husband joined the military.  I had my parents' relationship, a couple who raised their children overseas and loved travel, as my vision of marriage.  I think it is safe to say as newlyweds we both had a more fantasy view of what our life together would be like throughout our marriage.  I had no foreshadowing of the hardships to come our way.  The stresses of military life, starting a family and raising children,  being far from family without a support system, the sudden loss of a parent, and how it would all affect our marriage.  On top of it all it became hard to name a couple I knew that were still married amongst our military friends and acquaintances, and more easier to name those who called it quits.  

In the end my husband and I stayed together, moved abroad together, and have begun a whole new life for our family as expats in England.  Life has never been sweeter.  Yes life has still been hard and we still find our moments of stress. However we know that we have each other.  Being married to your best friend and experiencing all the ups and downs together as partners is what has made our marriage stronger.  

I am so happy to begin another ten years with Ryan and to continue our life overseas.  Though we are no longer those naive newlyweds in their early twenties,  we have both evolved into the people we are today.  I love my husband so much for who he has become and who he is to me.  Something I mentioned in my vows a decade ago.  Today we are getting ready for our Vow Renewal ceremony here in Snowdonia, Wales.  It is been a long anticipated event that we now share with a few family and friends.  It is not our 'happy ending' but just another new happy beginning to the next chapter of our love story. 



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34 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary sweet Bonnie!! May the next 10, 20, 30 years of marriage bring you happiness, adventure and growth!! All my best for you and Ryan today!!

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  2. Happy Anniversary, Bonnie and Congratulations!! You were a lovely bride 10 years ago and I can't wait to see the pictures from this ceremony!
    xoxo
    Selena

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  3. Congratulations Bonnie! All my love and well wishes are with you and Ryan today! xxx

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  4. YAY YAY! CONGRATS and wishes for many, many more wonderful years together!! Enjoy your special day!!

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  5. Congratulations!!! Such an inspiration! :D <3

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  6. Happy anniversary! I've been loving Love Week, it's such a fab idea x

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  7. Aww this was so beautiful! Congrats Bonnie!!

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  8. Congratulations! Looking forward to the rest of the week.

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  9. Congratulations!!! You guys are such an inspiration to me! Having married a man in the military i hope to be as in love with life as you guys are, whenever our 10 year anniversary rolls around! I would also like to be living abroad then ^_^! *crossing my fingers* I hope you had a blast today, celebrating with your whole family! Cheers to many more years to come!
    xoxo

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  10. Congratulations, dear! Beautiful post and photos!

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  11. Congrats and happy anniversary! What an inspiration! I am loving Love Week too!

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  12. Congratulations to you and your husband on 10 years!... and here's to many decades more :)


    xxx
    Jenna

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  13. Aww, Bonnie -- I really enjoyed reading that and found myself getting emotional. I am so glad that you both have made it through life storms to get to this place of beauty, this "happy beginning." :) To the next chapter being sweeter than ever -- happy 10th anniversary! :)

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  14. Hooray! Congratulations to you and Ryan, dear.

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  15. Aww "Being married to your best friend" sounds so good!! :)
    Congrats to both of you for making it the best time of your life together!!
    xo, Luchessa.org

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  16. Happiest wishes to you and Ryan on your ten year wedding anniversary! Cheers to your next happy beginning :)
    (while you guys were getting married ten years ago, that same weekend I moved from Texas to Ireland! fastest ten years ever!)

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  17. Thank you so much Sara Louise! I love happy beginnings and its nice to know that life is full of them. :) Oh how awesome, thats so neat! Yes, ten years flies by so fast! Its almost unreal.

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  18. Thank you Luchessa, I love it and love getting to celebrate it with so many friends!

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  19. Thank you so much Steavie! I am really glad we got to reconnect over the years. Thank you x

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  20. Aww, thats so sweet Erika! Thank you for the sweet congratulations, it means so much. :) x

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  21. Thank you so much Jenna! It is hard to believe it has been 10 years! Where does the time go? ;) x

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  22. Thank you so much Rachel! I am so glad that you found this inspiring and loved the Love Week. I loved having so many wonderful ladies around the world share the the love on the blog during this time. x

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  23. Thank you so much Rachel. I really appreciate having had you on the blog this week and being able to be apart of Love Week! x

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  24. Thank you so much Laura! From one military wife (though former, now) to another, I wish you guys all the love in the world too! It can def be hard. I know I've heard the expression 'if you were supposed to have a spouse the military would issue one' and sometimes it can feel like that. But I give every military spouse mad props for all their hard dedication! I grew up with my mum as a military spouse and know how hard it can be. Thank you for all the great compliments and congratulations! x

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  25. Thank you so much Polly! I hope you have really enjoyed the love week! It has been so great to have so many wonderful ladies to spread the love here on ACR. x

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  26. Thank you so much Mel. I hope you have enjoyed the Love Week as I have enjoyed having you all on here spreading the love. x

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  27. Thank you so much babette for the happy Anniversary wishes. I am so glad you loved Love Week and I am glad to see it was such a hit! x

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  28. Thank you so much Erica! Glad to be an inspiration, definitely inspired myself by all the love from friends here on the ACR. x

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  29. Thank you so very much Casey! I appreciate all the love and thank you so much for participating in Love Week as it was enjoyed by so many. x

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  30. Thank you so much Amanda! I really appreciate the well wishes and will spread this on to Ryan. x

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  31. Thank you so much Selena! Thank you for your sweet compliments and I cannot wait to show you more too! There was just so much that happened. I want to put a video together too. x

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  32. Aww, thank you so much!! I cannot wait to meet up with you one day Belinda. You are one of my favourite blogger friends and I really appreciate all your warm love, compliments, and smiles you send this way! x

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