anniversary <3

Yesterday was our anniversary. It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago, totally unfamiliar with the military lifestyle, I was entering into a new life filled with so much uncertainty.

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Where would we live?

Would I be able to find work?

What about deployments?

Would it be hard to make new friends everywhere we went?

Where would our babies be born?

The uncertainties never got to me, because I’d never been so sure of anything in my life.

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Being married is really easy… it’s also lot of hard work.

My great aunt and uncle have a wonderful way of explaining the balance of marriage, which they say isn’t 50-50. (They’ve been married for 50+ years.)

“Sometimes, it can’t be 50-50, and you know when you need to do extra and pick up the slack. A great marriage fluctuates, and sometimes it’s 60-40, or 80-20. You work together as partners to help each other out, even when the other person might not be able do as much.”

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It’s something I’ve seen in our own marriage, like when the Pilot was deployed and I took care of the house (and everything that went wrong) while he was away, and when Livi was a newborn. I was still healing from the birth and he’d stay up to sway and bounce with her so I could get a little sleep.

The Pilot and I have been together through quite a bit:

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Moving, deployments, our first house, our first baby, really beautiful amazing times, and some challenging times, too. We’re not perfect, we still argue and fight about little things, we drive each other bonkers sometimes, but we make a great team.

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I’m thankful for him every day. For being the extra 10, 20, 30 percent when I need it, for taking such incredible care of his girls and for sharing a family and life with me.

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Excited to see what the next 5 and 50 years bring <3


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  1. Annie @ herightfit on August 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful day with your man!

  2. Laura on August 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations to one of the most inspirational couples I know (read about!)

  3. Nicole on August 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations! Your grandparents have a great explanation <3 I always tell people that marriage is easy it's life that gets hard. I love the security of having someone to face it all with. Enjoy your anniversary.

  4. Suzanne on August 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Yay! Happy Anniversary! <3

  5. Ivy on August 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    The advice your grandparents gave is great….that’s just honesty- relationships aren’t always going to be 50-50 because things happen in life. As much as I try to make things 50/50…this is a great reminder that it’s ok to let go of that control and let things flow as they will. When you have amazing team members, things will always work out =).

  6. Laura B on August 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    What a great way to think about marriage. Love it! Congrats to you!

    My hubby and I are coming up on our big ten year anniversary this February. It’s crazy how time flies!

  7. Jean on August 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations!! You 2 are a beautiful couple. 🙂

  8. Donna on August 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Remember every day is a blessing.
    Sal and I are 25+

  9. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves on August 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Happy anniversary! You two are a gorgeous couple and the love you show for each other and Livi is so beautiful! May God bless you with many years to come.

  10. Danica @ It's Progression on August 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Cheers to many many more happy years to come!

  11. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on August 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    A little teary over here – you and Tom really seem like an amazing couple and you inspire me. Happy anniversary!!

  12. Megan on August 20, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You two are so adorable. Tell “Pilot” to come teach David his ways.


  13. Sierra @ Always, Sierra on August 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations! I love this post and the bit about marriage/relationships not always being an even 50/50. I just started reading the book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans”, and I haven’t been able to put it down. Marriage is one of the first chapters, and the 50/50 advice is talked about in it too. It’s so important not to keep score!

  14. Lisa on August 20, 2013 at 5:31 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! 🙂

  15. Evan Thomas on August 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Happy belated anniversary to you both!

  16. char eats greens on August 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    That was really heartfelt and so sweet, Gina!!! I love the not always 50-50 talk. That is SO true and I totally am taking that approach in the future to get me through times!!

  17. Rose on August 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    That’s such a sweet little story you wrote…. very touching!! Keep it up, you two (or actually three!) x

  18. Naomi on August 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Happy anniversary (a little bit late)! I just got married on Saturday, so we are almost anniversary buddies 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      aww happy wedding to you!

  19. glidingcalm on August 21, 2013 at 1:32 am

    happy anniversary to you and the Pilot!

  20. Olena on August 21, 2013 at 3:41 pm


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