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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72 Comments

  1. Lucie on August 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations to you and the pilot! Love the wedding pics!

  2. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on August 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Love this. πŸ™‚ Happy Anniversary!

  3. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on August 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Happy Anniversary! Liv is so blessed to have such wonderful parents to love and care for her!

  4. Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle on August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Happy anniversary, lovebirds! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  5. Emily @ The Good Era on August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

    So sweet, and what a great why to describe marriage! I couldn’t agree more πŸ™‚

    Happy Anniversary!

  6. Jackie on August 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love this post! You guys are adorable!

  7. Ashley Smith on August 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Congratulations on 6 years Happy Anniversary! My husband and I got married at the same place a couple years ago. Such a beautiful place!

    I love everything about this post! πŸ™‚

  8. Kristin on August 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations!!
    What a beautiful post….

  9. Jessica on August 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Happy Anniversary! Our 6 year wedding anniversary was yesterday too…good day to get married, I guess πŸ™‚

  10. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on August 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Happy anniversary to you two crazy love birds!! <3 You guys are too darn cute. Wishing you many, many years of happiness!

  11. Lisa on August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Happy Anniversary to the both of you!
    Hope you have a lovely celebration<3
    Such a lovely post!

  12. Danielle on August 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Happy anniversary to you both!!! Hope you had a wonderful day together.

  13. april on August 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

    this post made me smile πŸ™‚ congrats on 6 years of marriage…and wishing you many, many more!! <3

  14. Kat on August 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

    What a beautiful post! The photo of you 2 dancing reminds me of something from the 1920s…carefree and classic. Happy Anniversary! <3

  15. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on August 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    You guys look so happy together! Happy Anniversary! πŸ™‚

  16. Becky @ TheBexFactor.com on August 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Every time you post about the Pilot and your love for him, it moves me to tears. I hope some day I can find my own Pilot. <3

  17. Jackie on August 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Happy Anniversary!! πŸ™‚

  18. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on August 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Aww happy anniversary!! xoxo

  19. Caitie @ twentytwofit on August 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Love this post πŸ™‚ Happy anniversary!

  20. Anna on August 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Happy anniversary!!

  21. Julie on August 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Beautifully written and a perfect philosophy on marriage! <3

  22. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy on August 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Adorable. It’s nice to reflect back on the years and memories (good and bad). I like how you say thank you for sharing a life and family with me – so true and so sweet. Happy 6 years to you two!

  23. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on August 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Awww sweet post! Happy Anniversary!

  24. Heather Murphy on August 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I love the idea of marriage NOT being 50/50. I have never thought of it this way, but it’s so true.

  25. purelytwins on August 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Luv!!! Happy Anniversary to our two favorite people!!! Wish you all the best πŸ™‚ love you!

  26. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on August 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Aw Happy Anniversary!

  27. Heather Christopher on August 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Happy, Happy Anniversary =) Your marriage sounds like my own, a lot. I love being a team with my husband as I know you enjoy being a team with Tom – Team H πŸ˜‰

    Glad you two had a nice day!

  28. Ashlee@HisnHers on August 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I love that analogy! It’s so true and sometimes is hard to stop yourself from expecting so much and just be selfless. Happy Anniversary and thanks for the reminder!

  29. Hayley on August 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    This is such a beautiful post, I could have cried! I’ve been with my sweetheart for 7 years, and we are finally tying the knot next September! (We dated through college, masters, getting established, etc).

    AND
    I know it is silly to be so influenced by blogs, but it is so nice to read about a successful marriage when another one of my favorite blogs, hungry runner girl, is going through such a hard time. My heart aches for her, and I hope that she finds someone to have a marriage like yours, and that mine is like yours as well <3

  30. Caitlin @PieceOfCait on August 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    happy anny <3 !!! cheers to the next 50:-D

  31. Desiree on August 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary. My husband and I celebrate 15 years married this Thursday.

  32. Anna @ Fitness Γ  la Anna on August 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Happy Anniversary! May you have another 50+

  33. Brittany on August 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Happy anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Harney! and many more to come!

  34. Stephanie @ The Academic Triathlete on August 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Hopefully you are able to celebrate a little!

  35. Maria@The_Brooklyn_Fig on August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Aww that was so sweet- happy anniversary! Great advice from your great aunt and uncle. I’m a newlywed myself and it was just very…insightful to hear.

  36. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on August 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    What a sweet post! Happy anniversary!

  37. Meggan on August 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Happy anniversary! πŸ™‚

  38. Lydia on August 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Congratulations!! You two look very much in love.. I just recently started following your blog, (which I love) and was reading about your move to Az. I see you used pods do you recall how much they were? We are looking to move from Pa to Nm.

    • Fitnessista on August 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      it depends on the distance. it was expensive, but worth it for the convenience since we needed to store our stuff for a while before moving it

  39. Beverly Aragon on August 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Happy 6th Anniversary, Gina and Pilot!!! I have a feeling your best years are still to come πŸ™‚

  40. Tracy on August 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you and the Pilot! You have such a beautiful family! Enjoy!

  41. Tracy on August 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Btw my husband & I have been married 22 years and still going strong! Your great aunt and uncle are very wise indeed. I agree wholeheartedly!

  42. Julie on August 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  43. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Happy anniversary to you both! As someone who’s currently in a relationship with a military man, it’s always inspiring to hear stories of successful military relationships πŸ™‚

  44. Eating 4 Balance on August 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    5 years is awesome! I really like how you did this post too. Very reflective and different than a lot of other anniversary recaps that I’ve read. That 50-50 comment makes so much sense too. I think I need to keep that in mind for all relationships in life. Sometimes I’ll need to give more and sometimes the other person will have to put in the extra effort. A balancing act for sure πŸ™‚

  45. Jillienne@ChasingRaspberries on August 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you an the Pilot! You have the most beautiful family, and I LOVE the dancing picture where he is dipping you. So cute!

  46. Annette @ FitnessPerks on August 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Such a sweet post!! <3 Congrats & happy anniversary!

  47. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on August 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Beautiful post! Happy anniversary!

  48. Megan (The Lyons' Share) on August 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulations! Happy Anniversary!

  49. Jamie on August 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Aww! I love you guys! Happy Anniversary!

  50. Sarah @ Yogi in Action on August 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This is a beautiful post. Congratulations on 6 years.

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