Four Years!

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this time four years ago I was getting my hair and makeup done…. only to have my fake eyelashes fall off a few hours later. :) I stressed about so much about my wedding and when the day finally arrived… I could have cared less! I look at our images and I don’t remember ever touching up my makeup (I probably should have!). We rode in a convertible from the ceremony to the reception and my hair was A MESS! …. But I didn’t fix it. I was having the time of my life! Those minor details didn’t phase me. I’m so thankful that despite the stressful planning process, our wedding was an absolute DREAM…

and it wasn’t because of the massive tent or the uplighting or the details, it was because I was marrying the love of my life… my best friend! And all 400 of our closest friends and family were there to celebrate with us!!!!!!!

Today is our anniversary! 4 YEARS!! What?! How does that happen! I feel like we were just newlyweds living in our first little house, trying to figure out what life was supposed to look like. Our first two years were amazing but they were also really hard. Our jobs didn’t allow us to have much time together and they were both incredibly stressful. I was overwhelmed with this business and Michael was overwhelmed with is job too. We still loved that time together but looking back, it makes me SO thankful for where we are now. We’re doing more now than we ever have and yet I see my husband more that I have in all of the 12 years that we’ve been together!!! It’s such a blessing and sometimes I forget just how amazing it is to work alongside your life partner. Not many get the privilege of doing that and some wouldn’t be able to do that because they would drive each other CRAZY!! Michael and I have days when we just need some space and we lose patience with each other… but that’s usually my fault because I let the stress get the best of me. Now I’m not saying Michael is PERFECT…. but he does make it his goal each day to make my life easier and I don’t know I am so blessed to be married to a man like that.

I was talking to my mom and my sister the other day about our lives and what our home life looks like compared to my sister and new brother-in-law’s new life together. Emily is an amazing chef and she LOVES her kitchen. Home cooked meals, groceries in the fridge, etc….. that’s not my life. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy that and sometimes I feel bad about it. For so long I’ve considered that to be the standard of a good wife and a normal marriage. However, I have recently come to accept the fact that it’s actually WRONG for me to beat myself up of that part of my life because God gave me a husband that is AMAZING at that stuff! Michael enjoys cooking…. he’s great at keeping our life straight… he’s grocery shops so much more efficiently than I do!! I was given a husband who could fill in where I continually drop the ball and I’m so thankful for him. So instead of trying to be someone I’m not, I’m learning to just be so thankful for my husband and to cherish him and his gifts more. Life is a lot more joyful this way! :)

So today on our anniversary, I’m so thankful for Michael and all that he does for me. I could type 30 more paragraphs explaining how he serves me and loves me. I don’t how I deserve a guy like home but I’m so grateful. It’s been an amazing 4 years!!! I guess we’re officially not newlyweds anymore… but hey! I hear the best is yet to come:) So I’m ok with that!! Happy Anniversary Michael!!!!!!! I Love you so much!

Enjoy some of my FAVORITES from our wedding day!!! And thank you always to our sweet friend and amazing photographer! Still can’t believe Jasmine and JD came all the way to little ol’ Sparta, VA! :) 

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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