The Paper Anniversary

Nic and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary in just a few short days and I truly cannot believe how quickly the time went. There are days when I feel like I have known Nic forever, when in reality, we have only known each other for three years. As cheesy as it sounds, I don’t remember my life before him; I believe strongly that my life did not begin until I met him.

He is the most thoughtful and patient man – he encourages me when I am down, but also bears with me with I am overexcited and dramatic. Although there will be countless things for me to learn throughout our marriage, I wanted to put a list together of a few things I have taken away from our first 12 months.

  1. You can’t force someone to like cheese.
  2. Communication is hard sometimes.
  3. There is no limit to how many times you can tell someone “I love you.”
  4. The have a good day kiss can be just as important as the good night kiss.
  5. The dogs snoring will wake you every night. It is a battle you will never win.
  6. Having a glass of whiskey ready and waiting has the ability to communicate more than words.
  7. Sometimes you have to watch really crappy movies. Pretend to like them. It’s okay.
  8. It is not necessary to keep score on how many times someone unloads or doesn’t load the dishwasher. No one ever wins this game.
  9. It is pathetically impossible and physically painful for me to imagine, for one second, doing life without you.
  10. Spending two months on the road together was the biggest challenge and the best experience.
  11. Pizza is always the answer.
  12. So is bourbon.
  13. How a person treats a stray dog says everything about them.
  14. Nothing is better than making no plans, but knowing I still get to spend the night with you.
  15. Once a mountain man, always a mountain man.

“You were lying next to me
I looked across and fell in love
So I took your hand
Back through lamp-lit streets and knew
Everything led back to you”

Ed Sheeran – All of the Stars


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