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5 Years Today!

Posted in Uncategorized by sandy on the June 16th, 2011

5 years ago today, Mike and I stood together, holding hands before our family and friends and promised to love one another forever. I remember standing there thinking I knew exactly what love was, exactly what commitment meant, exactly what a marriage was and CERTAIN Mike was my forever. Well, little did I know I would be wrong about all of those things………EXCEPT that Mike was my forever (scared ya there huh- bout time I add a little humor to my sappiness). I thank God daily that I was wrong about the rest (what a marriage, love and commitment are) because they are all SO much better and so much more than I could have ever hoped for or imagined. This is not to say that our first 5 years have been a “whirlwind romance” filled with only “happily ever after” moments- quite the opposite actually. We have endured more these 5 years than many couples do in a lifetime together. Through every obstacle, every change, every disagreement and fight (YES, there have been PLENTY of these) and every challenge thrown our way (and again we have had MORE than our share in 5 years), we have ultimately stuck together (even at times when we may not have really wanted to) and come out ahead, in our marriage and in our lives. Our commitment grows stronger, our trust deeper and our hearts more in tune with one other with each day that we are together. Whoever said marriage takes WORK was very right. I know I have changed things about myself I never imagined I would. I have accepted things about Mike I never thought I would accept in a person and Lord knows HE has changed things about himself and accepted things about me he never thought he would accept in a person too. Compromise is KEY to a happy and healthy marriage and ours is filled with it. It might not always come immediately (I am very stubborn), but in time, Mike and I both come to realize that there is ALWAYS a happy medium and neither of us are truly happy when the other is not. There have been times during these past 5 years where he’s wanted to walk away, where I’ve wanted to walk away (I swear if I step on his crumbs one more time…….haha :) and I’d be lying if I said otherwise. I am not embarrassed to say we’ve both had moments when we wanted to give up because as much as things may have hurt (him or I) at the time, it has been through THOSE very moments that we have grown the most and learned the most. Sure, we had the odds stacked against us, we were engaged within 1 month, married within 6 months, parents of 1 immediately, parents of 2 before our 1 year anniversary, but I can honestly say that I am VERY happily married to a wonderful GOOD man- A man that loves me with a capital L, who has been there for me through every step of life these past 5 years and who I trust with every ounce of my being will be here for me through every step for the rest of my life. Thank you GOD!

One thing I couldn’t live without (other than Mike and our boys) is music. It seems as though no matter how I am feeling, there is always a song to be played that will either coincide with my mood or be exactly the song that I need to change my mood. I started thinking awhile ago about a song that I could reference in this blog post (those of you who have been reading for a long time know I frequently reference songs in correlation with blog posts). Well I do have one for this post, but I didn’t find it, it found me and has me amazed every time I hear it. Before I reference the words, let me give you some back ground. Mike and I have always jokingly used our fingers to indicate the amount we love one another. I will say to him, “You love me THIS big?” and stretch my thumb and pointer finger as far as it can go (indicating the largest amount). If we are mad at one another we will say, “I love you this big.” And we will touch those finger tips together (indicating the smallest amount). It is just one of the cute little things between the two of us.

My parents always say to each other- “I love you as big as the moon” and I think its so cute. Well, I started my own little spin off of this and the boys, Mike and I say to each other, “I love you to the moon and back.” Now, here are the words to the song PERFECT for this blog entry. Keep in mind this is a very new song (the winner of 2011’s American Idol sings it) and our little terms of endearment were started before I heard this song. :)

“I know I’m still young
But, I know how I feel
I might not have too much experience
But, I know when love is real.

By the way my heart starts pounding
When I look into your eyes
I might look a little silly
Standing with my arms stretched open wide.

I love you this big
Eyes have never seen… this big
No-one’s ever dreamed… this big
And I’ll spend the rest of my life
Explaining what words cannot describe but, I’ll try
I love you this big

I love you to the moon and backI love you all the time
Deeper than the ocean
And higher than the pines.

Cause you do something to me
Deep down in my heart
I know I look a little crazy
Standing with my arms stretched all apart.

I love you this big
Eyes have never seen… this big
No-one’s ever dreamed… this big
And I’ll spend the rest of my life
Explaining what words cannot describe but, I’ll try
I love you this big

So much bigger than I ever dreamed my heart ever would
I love you this big
And I’d write your name in stars across the sky
If I could, I would

I love you this big
Oh, eyes have never seen… this big
No-one’s ever dreamed… this big
And I’ll spend the rest of my life
Explaining what words cannot describe but, I’ll try
I love you this big

I love you this big
Oh, eyes have never seen… this big
No-one’s ever dreamed… this big
And I’ll spend the rest of my life
Explaining what words cannot describe but, I’ll try
I love you this big”

Now click the link to hear the song. It is SO great! LOVE it!

I love you Mike, THIS big (you know what I am doing) and to the MOON and BACK!

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  1. Jack and Marilyn said,

    on June 16th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY…5 YEARS!!!
    LOTS OF LOVE MOM AND DAD

  2. Mike said,

    on June 17th, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Thank you so much for being such a loving, caring, and thoughtful wife always knowing what to say and how to say it. I wish I was as good at expressing things as you are but I try. I Love You so much and Happy Anniversary.

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