Second Wedding Anniversary Blog
Today, we celebrate our second anniversary. 730 days side-by-side taking on life’s adventures and challenges. As we are packing our bags for our biggest adventure yet, we are looking back at what a second year of marriage looks like. It’s hard to find the words, exactly, as this year has been a very difficult one. We celebrated our first anniversary in Hawaii making the most amazing memories we could imagine. However, we came home to some news we weren’t expecting. As we waited in baggage claim at Detroit Airport, my brother called to tell me that our mother had been diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer. And just like that, my life was turned upside down.
In the months to come, we made the most of our time with her, celebrating the holidays as ‘normally’ as we could. We took a trip to Florida to escape the cold and spend some quality time with family. But we returned home to find that my mom would not be able to fight this much longer.
It was the most difficult way to start our second year of marriage and we learned more about ourselves and each other than we thought possible. Brooks saw me at my worst; feeling angry, sad, scared and alone…but I found him to be the exact support system I needed. Always standing behind me when I needed someone to lean on, and knowing exactly when I needed a quiet moment embraced in his arms. I knew we would grow closer with each passing anniversary, but I didn’t expect it to be this way. Although I can still feel the void, living life without my mom, we have had the most amazing support system to help us through the year and have continued to look for the adventure in every single day.
We have learned more about ourselves and each other than we ever could have imagined. It’s exciting, yet mysterious. We think we’re figuring it all out, but then we realize this is only the beginning and there is so much ahead of us to learn and experience. Perhaps that’s why we have surrounded ourselves with weddings and other couples like us. It is thrilling to be a part of someone’s life as they begin this journey. Every day, we find new ways to annoy each other, love each other, laugh at and with each other. Sometimes we ignore each other and we get mad, but in the end of the day, we know we’re on the same team. We go to bed and we wake up ready to take on the next day. It’s a never-ending cycle of love, aggravation, frustration, excitement, and making each other laugh with our own brand of weirdness.
So here is a look back at the unforgettable memories that we will cherish forever. These are the people and the memories that have made us the couple we are today and will continue to mold us as we grow together.
We kicked off the holidays with The Lights Before Christmas at Toledo Zoo...
...adorable corgi pajamas...
...and holiday festivities with our favorite little ones.
We had a little getaway in January to Tampa, Florida and spent some quality time with my mom, a couple of her sisters and my cousins.
In February, we added Fiona to our family...
...and it didn't take us long to put her to work.
We did St. Patty's Day in style in March...
...and celebrated Diana's April birthday in Chicago and then back home with a fun family pizza party.
The pups always have a good time at the Glass City Dog Park!
Easter was spent with family and dressing the dogs in embarrassingly adorable outfits.
Weddings started to became a way of life in May...
...but we were sure to find some free time to visit Majestic Oak Winery.
And somewhere in there, Fiona decided we needed a new couch.
July was jam-packed with summer fun!
We did the Detroit Pedal Pub with some amazing friends...
...and had a blast at Lake Seneca with the family.
We cuddled up for fireworks in Napoleon.
...and had a weekend getaway to Kelleys Island, where we released my mom's ashes into Lake Erie. (She had always talked about retiring and spending her summers at the Island).
We went up north to Sutton's Bay with Brooks' family and played a ton of Kan Jam.
Fiona & Winston loved days by the pool.
And little Theo turned ONE!
Diana had a girls weekend in NYC, we made time for a few more concerts and are anxiously awaiting our first niece/nephew!!
August through October, we had weddings every weekend (or we had back-to-back wedding). We love our amazing team!
We made another trip to Chicago to visit our friends Emily & Sam...
...and we got to celebrate our friends Ryan & Dana as they tied the knot in the end of September.
We carved pumpkins as soon as we could! (I mean, we literally carved pumpkins on October 1st and they were dead by October 6th....oops!)
And last, but certainly not least, we got some family pics taken with Brooks' siblings!