13 June 2010

15 years with B&K


Thursday, June 10, 2010 brought with it 15 years of marriage, 3 years of dating, and 2 months of flirting at work and talking on the phone before we ever went on that 1st date when I suddenly went shy and couldn't utter a sound. Yep, that's right... speechless... K couldn't think of a thing to say... what was that all about?!?

Good thing the speechless issue ended later that night when we got ice cream! I'm sure there are days when B wishes I would go silently shy again, but one of the amazing things about B is that he may wish it, but he never says it, and that's just because he loves me.

So, what have we done in 15 years? It is a lifetime, right! Well...

In 15 years we have lived in:

  • a tiny apartment with no yard
  • a small duplex with a small yard
  • our beautiful house with a large yard and huge trees

In 15 years we have visited:

  • Oregon (countless times, countless places!)
  • Niagara Falls (Canadian side)
  • Utah (Salt Lake City and Provo)
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Palmyra, New York
  • Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Sedelia, Missouri
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Massachusetts (Boston, Plymouth, & Springfield)
  • Colorado (Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds)
  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas

In 15 years we have been blessed with:

  • an eternal marriage
  • 10 nieces and 3 nephews
  • a cat who loves us (even though she loves no one else!)
  • college degrees
  • good health
  • jobs that we enjoy
  • a great circle of friends
  • family who loves us

In 15 years we have faced:

  • the difficulty of not having children
  • the loss of our grandparents
  • the loss of B's dad

In 15 years we have learned that:

  • being married is not always easy
  • sometimes you have to admit you were wrong
  • love grows deeper with communication and respect
  • sometimes you give, sometimes you take
  • we each have strengths, we each have weaknesses
  • support is paramount to success
  • sports CAN be enjoyable
    (B always thought that, K had to learn it - and it really only applies to basketball!)
  • you can have fun together without spending a dime
  • dating each other is still important, even though you're married
  • someone always has to take out the garbage!

In the next year we hope to:

  • take advantage of the time we have together
  • get some things done around our house
  • explore new places
  • save more money and eliminate more debt
  • eat at home more often (even if this means K has to learn how to enjoy cooking. Yes, I can do it, I just don't like to. Plus, B is better at it anyway.)
  • spend more time reading the scriptures together
  • grow even closer to each other, to our friends, to our family, and to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ

B - I could not ask for a better husband, a better friend, a better support system than I have in you. I love you with all my heart and I am so grateful to be taking this journey in life with you. Who knew we'd get to the fabulous 15 so quickly! I look forward to an eternity beside you. Thank you for being my rock - always! Love, K

5 Cheers (not Jeers!):

Lois Brown said...

beautiful post! Brought tears to my eyes! You two are so great together and a great eample to all!

Danielle said...

yeah, seriously, well done. i'm so glad you guys are in my life. i love ya!

and dang, i take good pictures (re: your header)!!

Bobbi said...

That was very touching, Kirsten. Sure brought tears to my eyes. You are a 'swell' couple!!
Love you.

~Rachel said...

Happy belated anniversary!!! I really enjoyed the things you all have done and accomplished. You all are an awesome family and such a great example of eternal marriage. Love ya!!!

Cathy said...

Gorgeous anniversary picture!
I enjoyed the lists about your first 15 years together. CONGRATULATIONS!

Loving best wishes for many more,
Sister Hunter

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