Today is a very special day. 5 years ago on a gorgeous fall day, Chris and I said “I do” in front of our closest family and friends.
I met my husband in early September 2007. I was going through such a hard time…my mother had started her transition to be with the lord after receiving the news that her chemotherapy for the cancer that had spread to her brain would not work, and she had 3 months to live. She was gone in one.
Most people have the joyous opportunity to meet their significant other’s family under what I guess you would call “normal” circumstances, where everyone is alive, well and whole. They have dinner together for the first time, or engage in their first words of conversation at home sitting around their living room. Chris and my mom never had their chance to do that.
I watched my mother take her last breath on October 7, 2007. Chris met my family for the first time at my mother’s wake. I don’t take the way things worked out lightly at all. He was there for me during my darkest hour, day, week, month, even year. I definitely wasn’t easy to deal with and I know that. My whole world seemed to have been dumped upside down practically overnight. I was petrified. What would happen next? Where would I live? Would my sister and her husband be with me? Could I make it on my own? I was angry. I couldn’t understand why my mom had to go so soon. I’ll be the first to admit, I walked around with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. I was scared of people leaving me. You better believe the next person who dared to care about me was getting tested. And I tested the hell out of Chris.
Being the patient person that he is, he never stopped caring. Hell, he even fell in love with me. No matter what emotional roller coaster I was on at any given moment, he was always there to take the ride with me. Speaking of ride, one of the things that brought us together was our common interest in motorcycles. He would come and get me and we would just go…anywhere. It was the one thing that seemed to bring me serenity in such a time where my head was spinning from unpredictable chaos.
I’m very grateful to Chris and what he brought to the table during that time. I believe it’s a huge part of the solid foundation we’ve built our relationship on. My mother was making her exit from my life as Chris was making his entrance. How bittersweet! Things do happen for a reason.
Today marks the 5th year that we have been married. I would love to share the message I wrote him on Facebook with you. Enjoy the stroll down memory lane with me. Below are a few more pictures from the day that changed my life for the better.
The man that swept me off my feet ;) Happy Anniversary Christopher!
I hope you enjoyed strolling down memory lane with me! This weekend we will be celebrating but I will be back next week.