I feel like it’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I have written anything even though it’s only been a few days. It has been a really weird week for me at work, but because I don’t want to post anything negative, I won’t even get into it.
Big news though! My two-year wedding anniversary is literally right around the corner and I am usually way more prepared for these things than I am this time around. With Josh getting his tonsils removed and everything going on at work, I totally forgot to start looking for a gift. The traditional gift is cotton so I have been looking everywhere for ideas that I think would be a good one for him and boy, is it a struggle.
So, with the realization that my anniversary is coming up, I’ve really been reminiscing on our wedding day and the last (almost) 2 years of our marriage. It has been a lot of ups and downs, a lot of travels, and quite a few learning experiences. Before I got married, I never really realized how hard and trying marriage can be at times. We’ve had arguments, emergency room visits, a lot of laughs, a trip to Europe, a cruise to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, got a puppy, and then went on separate vacations to visit our own families. Now, I don’t want to give anyone a bad impression on marriage, but if there is one piece of advice that I would give any young couple, it’s that marriage takes work and it can be hard work. You have to love that person above all else and want to make it work. You will cry together, laugh together, and drive each other crazy, but in the end it’s all worth it when you wake up to the one you love each morning.
My marriage is the best thing that has happened to me. Before I met Josh, I was going nowhere in life. I had no goals, no ambition and no idea what I was even doing at the time. I was working a dead-end job at a bakery making next to nothing for the area I was working in, but when I met him, I realized I needed to make a change. If I was going to keep this amazing guy, I needed to better myself.
I started applying to become an emergency dispatcher, but couldn’t get past the first interview which was getting really frustrating for me. I wasn’t giving up, but it was obvious that it just wasn’t the right time and then shortly after the last test I bombed, Josh asked me to move to Oregon with him. I, of course said yes, even though I was scared out of my wits. We hadn’t even been together a year yet and here I was planning to move to an area where I knew no one, and had limited job opportunities. Anyway, everything ended up working out.
The morning of our wedding, I was super calm. I was excited and ready to be Mrs. Humrichouse! I woke up early, waited for Kylie and Jespi (my bridesmaids) to wake up and then we got dressed really quick and start setting up! We got the chairs set up pretty quickly and then moved inside to where the reception would be held. More and more family members started showing up and pitched in to help with the decorations and I am forever grateful for them!
The girls and I went up and got our hair and makeup done by my amazingly talented friend Laura. I felt like a princess when she was done with everything. I slipped my dress on and then had my first look with my dad which still to this day, whenever I see that picture, brings tears to my eyes. He literally sobbed and even thinking about it warms my heart. Such an amazing day, it was. My mom looked so pretty and I feel like any time she looked at me she wanted to cry (hopefully out of happiness). She was such an amazing help prior to the wedding too. My stepmom helped with craft ideas and she has an amazing creative gene. Thank goodness for my parents!
We left the following Monday for our honeymoon to the Dominican Republic where we laid on the beach and drank all day long! Such a relaxing time. While we were out there we went zip lining, had a traditional lunch and then got to play with these tiny little monkeys! We, unfortunately, were out there when the hurricane Matthew was coming towards Haiti. But, nonetheless, we still enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.
We got back to Oregon, and settled into our married life, happy as could be. That year we went to California for Christmas and the following summer, whilst making plans to go to Missouri to visit Josh’s family I realized that it was way cheaper to fly to Germany. I booked the flight, updated my passport and then six weeks later, we were on a plane headed for Germany.
Have you ever had that feeling of just complete amazement that YOU are somewhere or doing something? It was so surreal to me. I was in Europe. Me. Someone that had always wanted to travel, but never really thought I would. It was amazing! We spent time in Germany, then drove down in our rental car to Austria, then Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and then back to Germany. Our last hotel in Germany was so close to the French border that we just decided to go have dinner in France. 6 countries in 2 weeks. Whoa… 2 weeks, for anyone wanting to travel to Europe, is NOT ENOUGH TIME! I can’t wait to go back and visit again!
For Josh’s 30th birthday, I planned a cruise for us and secretly invited his sister and her boyfriend, and his best friend. I kept this secret for NINE MONTHS, and the night before we left, I accidentally let it slip. Ugh… WHY?!?! But, he was thoroughly surprised and we all ended up having a really great time! our cruise stopped in Yucatan and Cozumel where we had some amazing authentic Mexican food, did some snorkeling, and Josh had a little too much to drink the second night on the cruise. Haha.
Now, as our 2nd anniversary comes up, I look at this amazing man, one who I have the privilege to wake up to each morning, a man with incredible drive, who is so good to me, that I refuse to let him go. He is by far, the best thing that has happened to me and I love him like crazy. I love how he sings the Barbie girl song at the top of his lungs in the shower, how he dances around the house in his underwear, his insane obsession with dirt bikes, and how when he is really focused on something he gets a little crinkle just above the bridge of his nose.
Happy Anniversary Husband
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