Happy 5th Anniversary to Me!

Happy 5th Anniversary to Me!


A few years ago I met a lovely, older lady at church.  Upon hearing about my non-traditional family she asked, “What in the world  made you and Kevin decide to get married?”  She was amused and incredulous. “What made you think you could make it work?”

I answered as honestly as I could.  I said :

1 – I believe God has gifted Kevin and I with a supernatural love for one another.

2 – Despite a lot of good reasons not to, we both believe that marriage is forever.  We are committed to each other and this family for the long haul, no matter what happens.

3 – We are both complete friggin idiots.

Happy Anniversary to Me! You! Us!

I wanted to think of something really romantic to write for our anniversary.

Here’s the best thing I could come up with.

If I had known all of the challenges that the last 1460 days would hold, I would still choose to walk through every one of those days with you. 

Begium and some other places

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Date night in Brussels

After spending the day wandering around Antwerp, Kevin called from his work venue with a proposition.  “Let’s take the train to Brussels and have dinner at this amazing place I know there.”  (How can you not love a man who knows a great place to eat in friggin Brussels, Belgium?)  Instead of saying “Yeah!”  I responded with my usual nonsense.  “It will be late.  The train ride is too long.  We have to go right back to Brussels in the morning to catch a flight home.”  Blah, blah, blah.  Kevin would not take no for an answer and what followed may well be in the top five best evenings of my pitiful life.  I’m ashamed that I almost missed it.

We made the 15 min walk to the train station in Antwerp.  Just the sight of that beautiful building was worth the walk.  We caught the train to Brussels and settled in for the 45 minute ride.  We talked the whole way and Kevin didn’t fall asleep once (which is pretty awesome considering he had been up since 6AM and had been presenting all day.) 

Once in Brussels, we made our way out of the train station through a series of dark nondescript roads until we emerged to see this.

I know, right?   Are you kidding me?  I was literally speechless.  Friends, it ain’t easy to rob me of speech. 

We wandered around until my eyes were tired of all that awesome.  Also, we were starving so we headed to the ‘place’ that Kevin had mentioned.  It was a small place.  A disgruntled looking waitress shook her head at us as we walked in and pointed at the crowded dining room.  She motioned for us to try upstairs.  We headed to the secondary dining area  feeling like we were being punished until we were seated at a table with this view.  I thought the whole deal couldn’t get much better but I was wrong.

The food…Sweet Jesus.  First we had cheese croquettes.  Sounds like the Belgian version of mozzarella sticks, right?  Nuh unh.  These things were…well let me just say, if heaven is a place prepared for me, I will be eating those cheese croquets throughout eternity.  I ate them so fast I forgot to take a picture.  But it wouldn’t do them justice even if I had.  We each had different entrees which were ten kinds of awesome respectively. 

We waddled out of the place feeling fat and happy.  We wandered around downtown Brussels window shopping and wishing our stomachs could hold a chocolate waffle ( a Belgian specialty). 

Seeing Brussels would have been great in almost any situation but being able to share it with Kevin is what really made it special.  We get so excited to spend any time alone together whether we are at Costco or a fancy pants eatery in Europe. 

I cheese croquette love that man.


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