Thursday, July 12, 2012

Memory Lane

When Shannon gets home in the morning he'll see this on the garage door.

Followed by this once inside.

And when he turns the corner he'll see these.


Each one is numbered (1-7) to represent the corresponding year of marriage. Throughout the day he will pop the balloons in order and inside is a strip of paper woth a memory from that year as well as a corresponding mini date to do immediately. I'm pretty excited!!!! It's a day full of celebrating.  Here are a couple of them to give you an idea.
Balloon 2: 2007- Yay for graduating from the Academy! Ok Mr Frefighter, what do you need when you're on the job and there's a fire? That's right- H2O! Well, baby you're SMOKIN' HOT so let's go splash in some water to cool off! (And yes, I am very witty. I know.)

It may sound cheesy to go swimming early in the day just us two but we usually have kids when we go swimming so it will be nice to get cozy together in the water for a change!

Balloon 7: 2011/2012 so you remember when we sold our house!? Last week!? I am excited to move to Logandale and start the next chapter of memories in our life together. I want to be in a place where we are out in the open and can actually see the stars. The stars remind me of the first time I came to visit you in 2004 and you took me to the park. We laid on a blanket in the cold and we looked at the stars as you told me for the first time you loved me. Will you stargaze with me tonight on the roof? Bribery...there's dessert! :)

Happy Anniversary to us!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Every Day is a Fairy Tale

Once upon a time this handsome young man decided to serve a mission for the Lord. He was sent to a foreign land: Kentucky! The last 3 months of his mission he was able to choose to serve in my town. He got to know my family and on the very last day of his mission, everyone in church lined up to shake his hand and say their good-bye's. I'll never forget that day; and Shannon remembers that day very well also. I shook his hand and said, "have a nice life." I walked away and that was the end of it...I thought. a couple months after returning to his home of Logandale,NV, I received a letter from "Elder Phill." We soon became phone pals and then met up in December of 2004 in Las Vegas as "friends." The day after he picked me up from the airport He told me he couldn't live without me (I seem to have that affect on people. I'm pretty and the rest is history. 

I think about those words, "Have a nice life." I had no idea the reason why his life would be so nice and amazing was because I was going to be in it! :) Yeah, I'm tooting my own horn. So what? I think about our 7 year journey so far and can truly describe it as a fairy tale. I'm not saying life hasn't had it's challenges and I'm not saying my little animal friends come through my windows when I sing, but our life together is truly a fairy tale. We make each other laugh and smile. He's the one I want to talk to when I'm happy and when I'm down. We don't really fight. Argue sometimes, yes. But, fight? Not really... Unless you count the slight frustration I get when his toots are super stinky or his irritation of running late because he's waiting on me to get ready. He is constantly serving me and showing that he loves me.  I try to do little things for him to show him I love him as well. I feel that he does so much more for me than I do for him, but hopefully he's not keeping score. :) We keep our marriage fresh and cherish date nights together. He still gives me butterflies. 

I wanted to share a journal excerpt and just couldn't choose one. But as I flipped through my journal from 2005 until now, I got a little choked up to see in my writing how much I am madly in love with you, Shannon. From our engagement until the most recent journal entry, they're all so very similar. In 2005 I wrote, "I melt in his love. He is the most incredible man I have ever met."  A couple of years later, I wrote, "Shannon is the most Christ-like man I know." And just recently I read my writing, "Shannon is still the most amazing man I have ever met. I love him dearly and I would walk the earth for him." 

My love, I can't wait to grow old together and continue our journey through the wrinkles and the  laughter. I love you!!!! 

Engagement photo

Wedding Day: June 9, 2005