Yesterday Jonathan and I celebrated 7 wonderful years of marriage! It was definitely one of our less “glamorous” anniversaries but wonderful nonetheless.
It actually reminded me of what went down when we got married!
You see, this is me just THREE short days before we got married:
My face says it all: I was SICK. And sick as I’d ever been with MONO! This picture was taken after I tried on my wedding dress to make sure everything fit right…and needless to say…the process wore me out.
The mono caused me to get jaundiced, so my eyes were yellowish.
I got one of the RARE side effects of the mono: a rash all over my chest, shoulders and back.
You can kind of see it in this picture:
REAL fun for a bride already nervous about her wedding night!!!
To top it all off my tonsils were so nastily swollen that I snored like a bear on our wedding night and had the most evil breath ever.
We didn’t get to go on our honeymoon because I was so sick.
So you would think that all of this would add up to a disaster of a wedding, right?
But it wasn’t. It was all right. We were together!!
So last’s night’s scenario was a bit similar:
I’ve been pretty nauseated lately & my arm where some blood was drawn last week has gotten super inflamed and quite painful, plus my throat had just started to hurt, with the flu or something — so I wasn’t feeling so hot.
I hadn’t taken a shower since Wednesday because of getting so lightheaded from standing up for too long –- so I didn’t look so hot.
Our house has gotten pretty cluttered from me being out of commission for while --- so the house didn’t look so hot.
So it was a recipe for an anniversary celebration disaster, right?
Nope. It wasn’t.
It was wonderful!
Wonderful because I married a wonderful guy who was able to look past the grubbiness of my current state and see the bride he married (who wasn’t too different, now that I think about it. HA!) He is so good to me and treats me better than I deserve.
We fed the kids mac n’ cheese and Jonathan gave baths while I started cooking up a meal for just the two of us --- Chicken Wraps w/ a creamy Asian peanut sauce --- VERY yummy!
After the kids were in bed Jonathan started playing a mix of love songs he compiled for me and we danced in the kitchen --- while I cried!!!
Being sick AND pregnant was a double whammy for my emotions last night! And since I am a “words of affirmation” kind of girl every time a new song came on, which were ALL dedicated to me, I. Lost. It.
But it was wonderful. So wonderful that I had to have Jonathan turn off the mix so I wouldn’t be crying the whole evening!!
I told him, “This just means that I REALLY like it.” :)
As I looked around our cluttered kitchen I was struck with this thought, which I expressed to Jonathan:
“All of this clutter just means that our home is filled with life! *tears* And that life came all because we fell in love!” **more tears**
And my dad reminded me that my “body clutter” I’m experiencing is also because it is filled with life. Also because of love.
Real life love.