12 Years

I was looking at my sister’s Valentines Day blog and the ensuing comments about relationship longevity. Yesterday Ritchie reminded me that we just spent our 12th Valentines Day together. Well, that’s being a bit generous. We definitely did not spend V-days together when he was on his mission but you get the point. Really? 12 years? I had to think about it for a minute but he’s right. Our first date was Valentines Day 1997. Hopeless Romantic that he is, he waited an agonizing few weeks before asking me out just so we could have our first date on that day. That seems like a long time ago. We’re kind of old. I also thought about how this will be our last Valentines Day as just the two of us for quite a while and it made me a little sad. Don’t get me wrong, we’re thrilled beyond belief for the arrival of our little girl in a few months. I’m just sensing the end of an era. These last few days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how lucky I am to be married to this boy and how we’ve grown together over the last 7 1/2 years of marriage and 12 years of life. I’m grateful for the experiences that we have under our belt and for the way they’ve bonded us. So as we venture on to this next phase of life which promises plenty of excitement, challenge and joy, I’m grateful to be along for the ride with him.


18 thoughts on “12 Years

  1. We can’t stop laughing!!! What an adorable and hilarious picture! I love the 90’s. The next era’s even better….I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚ (But I will be the first to admit that I had VERY similar concerns while I was pregnant!)

  2. Every time it gets close to a new baby coming I get sad at the chapter we are leaving behind. Like our family will never be the same and I really like how it is, but since I always end up feeling this way it must always get better, right?

  3. Oh my goodness! How cute! Our first Valentine’s together was in 1998- 2 months after we started dating- we were just talking about that too how long it’s been and how old we’ve gotten (we won’t discuss how much weight we’ve gained). Time really does fly when you’re looking back. Happy 12 Valentine’s Days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ritchie- I’m not sure if you tuned into this but in case you didn’t notice Lindsay said “he’s right”. You should make a copy of this blog and highlight those words. The longer you are married, the less frequently you will hear them.Happy 12th Valentines Anniversary.Dear old dad. (mom just slugged me)

  5. I guess I should clarify that this picture was taken a few months after our first date. I wanted a picture of him (I think to show my Grama) and so mom and I devised a sneaky “I just have one more picture left on this roll…” plan to get a picture of unsuspecting RJ :).

  6. hahahaha, oh man, that picture made my day Linds. That’s awesome. I need to call you back but I’m waiting for the girl who’s bringing us dinner tonight to get here (my ward is full of saints…aha, no pun intended). Anyways…I find myself feeling the same way except Steven and I have only been married for a year and that’s a big difference. ๐Ÿ™‚ That was a good blog.

  7. I love that picture and I loved those days too! We were there the first time he called you and I remember how thrilled you were! The years just go faster and faster.

  8. Great post! Great picture! I can’t imagine either of you without the other. Ritchie just always fit in–especially after he delivered that one calf so long ago. Whata guy! I’m so glad you are both so happy.

  9. You guys look like babies!! I love that you have a picture from way back then. I also know what you mean about the end of an era. Having a baby is bittersweet in a way, and it’s the same feeling every time another baby comes. There will always be a part of you that will miss you pre-baby days and that’s OK.

  10. HOLY COW!!! And I thought we looked young in our recently posted blog picture! ๐Ÿ™‚ You guys have had only 1 less valentines day together than us! And I wanted to comment on Ritchie’s dancing debut, but there wasn’t the option so here it is… THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT CHRIS WOULD EVER CONSENT TO SUCH A THING!! Kudos to you Ritchie for being such a good sport, that was hilarious! I’ve been thinking about you lately Lindsay, are you as ready to NOT be pregnant anymore as I am?! I just yearn to hold him on the OUTSIDE of me! We need to talk, give me a call sometime!

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