Friday, November 06, 2009

Happy 10

10 years has gone by so very fast. 10 years ago from the moment that I write this, I was anxiously sitting up in my bed in our basement apartment, trying to write my thank you speech. I was praying for no rain. I was praying that I wouldn't trip down the aisle. I was praying Jonathan hadn't changed his mind.


I was marrying my best friend. The boy who I hated in the 7th grade. Who was my date at our 8th grade graduation and surprised me with a corsage. 



We were bickering buddies until the 11th grade, when I got him a job with me at Woolco. In the lamp and pets department. We'd scoop dead fish out of the tanks together and maybe it was then that the spark started to flicker. It was at French Camp that February, 18 years ago, that we fell in love while dancing to Chicago's "You're The Inspiration". *sigh*


Our relationship bloomed through the Ghost era and "Unchained Melody" became our song.

We survived our university years in Waterloo and Chicoutimi. We even survived having a 3rd person in our relationship, WG.


We survived a miserable break-up and a separation that had him living the life in New Zealand while I sorted out where it went wrong and whether it was meant to be or not. Fortunately, he realized he couldn't live without moi and came home to me. My mother forced him to commit to an engagement in our living room, a conversation that left us stunned and me asking "does this mean we're engaged?".

November 6th, 1999. In front of family and friends, he sweat and fidgeted while I tried not to focus on the pain in my feet from the uncomfortable heels. We promised to love and cherish for better or for worse.We celebrated afterwards with a party that kept us up til really late and memories to last forever. We danced to a new song. One whose singer is not this one, but I like this one better.







Ten years later, we have a life that we could have never foreseen. Three boys we adore. Challenges we continue to overcome. Finding faith that we didn't know was there and finding the laughter in the crazy.

If I had to do it all over again, the only thing I would change is our vows. I would include my promise to love you in spite of your pms-like moodiness. I would promise to laugh at all of your jokes so that you would quit laughing at them yourself. I would promise to prop you up when you were too emotionally exhausted from the pressures of taking care of us, of your family. I would promise that quitting is not an option and that we would ride this roller coaster together until our old bones could no longer climb into the cars.

I'm happy that I can still call you my best friend. That we have each other's backs. That we're in this 'til the end. Thanks to Woolco, Wayne, Chicago and Ghost, we're still strong 10 years later. Here is to the next 60. I love you.

Love Daychee xoxo







Post-Script:

I have added another photo for Milon so that he knows he hasn't been left out...
















23 comments:

fancypants said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love love the last song. It is on the soundtrack to Hope Floats (LOVE that movie). I am going to have to download the version you posted, its great.
I hope you have a wonderful anniversary and a wonderful 60 (at the least) years more to come!

Evonne said...

Happy Anniversary! That was a great post!

Menopausal New Mom said...

That is so beautiful! What a great trip down memory lane. Happy Anniversary!

BLOOM - Parenting Kids With Disabilities said...

What a beautiful post and cool story!~ I love the pic of you guys from your prom.

ericsmommy said...

Happy Anniversary Stacey and Jon, Hope you have at least 70 more and that they are as much fun as the last 10 were.

kys said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have many more wonderful years together!

Anonymous said...

Maybe I am just extra emotional, but that made me tear up! Happy Anniversary guys! If only you were able to upload that tape of Jonathan singing along with the Ghost song. HAHAH! I will get my hands on a copy some day... you just wait! - Steph

Peterson Family said...

What a sweet, sweet post! Happy Anniversary! I love reading other people's story to their "happily ever after".

Monsieur H said...

That tape was destroyed long ago

Aunt Juicebox said...

Oh my gosh, that was a great post! You two are so adorable together! I've known my husband since 1990, and back then we were just friends too. Never thought I'd ever marry him. ;)

blueviolet said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I was dating my hubs during those Chicago songs too. What happy memories!

You have a beautiful family!

Viv said...

Congrats!!!

otin said...

Now that is a HAPPY hour Friday post that has been unequaled!!! Congrats to both of you! I love a good love story. You and Smart Mouth Broad both have great stories!(She met her hubby of almost 30 years when they were kids.)

Unknown Mami said...

Here's to 10 and many more!

Mrs. Lovely said...

Congrats and Happy Anniversary!

Char said...

Stacey, that was beautifully said. You got me teary-end! I love a good love story. I remember you and Jonathan together in high school and it is awesome to see you as a family. I wish you the very best anniversary and 60 more! Much love, Char

Nezzy said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful tribute to your live together. I loved the history to your post adorned by music and pictures.

Enjoy the day celebrating your love and may many blessing come your way!!!

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!! Awesome story! I met my hubby in grade 3 and we were best friends until dating at the age of 21!!!

prashant said...

Happy Anniversary! That was a great post! Work From Home

Menopausal New Mom said...

Hi Stacey, I love reading your blog and guess what?

You've been tagged!!

Hope you will come by and check it out and then join in. Would love to read what you come up with!

Kristina said...

Happy Anniversary Stacey!! I hope you had a great day!

Caution Flag said...

Congratulations!! Your love for each other is very clear :)

Your mom "forced" an engagement?? More info, please.

Mrs4444 said...

Sweet. Happy belated Anniversary :)

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