Monday, August 19, 2019

20 years down...

My best friend and her husband celebrated their 20 year wedding anniversary on Sunday. All the sisters and I decided to throw them a surprise party with all their family and friends. It was such a great surprise. I wrote a speech to read to them before the cake. Here is what I wrote:

20 years today…
Jenn, how have you managed to not kill Tom in the past 20 years of being married?
The first time I met Tom, he managed to shove himself in the dryer at my house during our New Year's Eve party. I can't remember, but I can almost guarantee Jenn's eye brows raised up back then too!

All kidding aside:
I met these 2 amazing people 13 1/2 years ago. I met them at a time in my life where I needed some real honest good friends. And boy did I hit the jackpot. And of course, Jenn and I hit it off really well. Which meant, Tom had to put up with me too. Sorry not sorry buddy!

6 months later they were both in my first wedding.
A year later Jenn walked with me through my pregnancy with Cadence. Not only did she walk with me through it all, but she was my person who was there when she was born.

A year after my daughter was born, they were both right there with me when I went through one of the hardest most trying times of my life. My divorce. I can't even imagine my life without these 2 amazing people during that time. We basically lived at their house when I was off work until we went to sleep at night. If it wasn't for them, I am pretty confident that I would no longer be living in Washington state. Honestly, I can't even begin to explain to them what they both meant to me during that time of my life.

Here we are… 13 1/2 years later…
They have now been with me through my 2nd marriage.
After 9 1/2 years, I am surprised that Jenn has not killed my husband as well… I had to tell Jenn and Abe when they first met that what happens between them was between them. I was not going to get in the middle. EVER! And boy have there been some really hilarious moments between Jenn and Abe.

We have been through it all together…
The hard times, the awesome times, the ridiculous times, the hilarious times. We have been through all the kid stuff, pregnancy stuff, birthdays, holidays, the broken bones, the stitches, the sassy kids, the tears, the exhaustion, the happy times, the sad times, the frustrating times, times when we both wanted to kill our husbands…

Jenn knows me better than anyone does… and I am pretty sure Tom knows more about me than he ever wanted to know. (Again, sorry not sorry buddy.) Bonus… Not only did I gain 2 amazing friends who quickly became my family, but I gained a whole entire family. I gained 4 sisters and all the crazies that came with them! Husbands/wives/kids and more.

They have completely changed my life! And all for the better. And I wouldn't change my life if I could. They have both been such a huge inspiration to me as we have grown older. Their love continues to grow every single day.

Love isn't perfect. It isn't always a fairy tale and it doesn't always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. Love is work, but most of all, love is realizing that every hour, every minute, every second of it is worth it because you did it together.

Here is to the past 20 years and to the next 20 years. May your lives continue to grow and may you remember to cherish each other every day! I love ya'll!

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