In a matter of minutes, we were pronounced “Husband and Wife” for the first time.
I distinctly remember a moment after our wedding ceremony when we were driving to our new home. We had a pile of wedding gifts in the trunk of our car and watched the sky turn a beautiful orange color as the sun set in the distance. I clearly remember thinking to myself... this is it, I’m now starting my life.
20 years later I’m writing to you about my family as we cope with mental illness in our child. It’s funny how life throws you the unexpected. I never in a million years could have imagined the twists and turns my husband and I later faced. I’m sure anyone reading can nod their head in agreement. I even had old friends saying that there were bets against us that we wouldn’t last since we were so young. But here we are, 20 years later and still deeply in love and committed to one another.
When I think back to that drive home so many years ago, I can see how naive I was to all the challenges that a couple could face. I felt invincible. For the most part I had a lot to learn, but one thing remains true, that my husband and I can get through anything together.
Happy Anniversary Papa Bear! Thank you for being an amazing husband all these years and for proving to all those naysayers that this young, bright-eyed couple had something special and lasting. Let’s get started on the next 20!