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July 4th 1999 is when my wife and I married at the Phoenix Zoo and our honeymoon was spent in Las Vegas. Well 14 years later our Anniversary this year is in Las Vegas which it usually isn’t, we go to Las Vegas often, and only a few times was it to celebrate our Anniversary. Last year was Napa Valley, but this year we decided on a smaller classic tribute for our annual vacation.
It is our time to celebrate 14 years of history, of great joys, loss, love, pain, happiness, sadness, learning and fumbling together. It is also a time to get away from the kids and have a few days without demands for something every hour or Skype shouting over Minecraft matches echoing in the house.
There is no doubt in my mind if I could go back and do it all over again I would, this person is the person I was meant to be with, learn from, learn with. A person who gives me purpose, helps me become better and be better than I would have been on my own. Through all the faults, mistakes, bumps, bruises and communication mishaps that have occurred through the years, most of which was a learning process that comes from two people being so young when they get married and having to navigate and grow as individuals while still working at the relationship evolving and adapting with each other.
Through so much it could write a lifetime it would seem, we are here and there is nobody who has my back more than my wife, my love and the person who I hold most dear in this world.
Some pics of us in Napa last year!
So Happy 14th Anniversary to my wife Shona, and Happy 4th of July to the rest of you.