Sunday, June 13, 2010

14 Years and Counting

Pete and I are celebrating our 14 year anniversary tomorrow.  We got married when I was 20 years old.  At that time I was unable to drink legally .  Which at that time was a big deal.  That did not matter to me , I was ready to marry him the first time he picked me up in his Jeep Wrangler.

It took me a bit longer to convince him that I was the girl of his dreams.  The older I get the more I realize I can be a bit pushy if I want something bad enough.  And boy did I want him....A LOT!!
Just last week I suddenly realized we were in the month of June and I momentarily panicked thinking I may have forgotten our anniversary.  Since that moment I have been reflecting a lot about our marriage.  Who would have thought that we would have 5 kids???  When we first got married I remember saying, "I want 2, hope for 3 and dream about 4"...and now here we are 14 years later....

The funny thing about Pete and I is we never  talked about having kids the first 5 years of marriage.  We were doing things the "Catholic" way and not contracepting...not because we were great Catholics.. I was lazy and never wanted to keep up with "birth control"...of any form.  Things are different now for us , we follow the Churches teachings on openness to life.  But that was not the case in the beginning.  We were young, oblivious and completely unprepared for a family.

After years of never thinking or talking about starting a family we moved to San Diego and friends of ours had just gotten pregnant with their first baby.  I was in shock.  I don't know why I was...I just was.  I think up until that moment I had never thought of us as ready to have children.  But here was a couple our age and they were about to have a baby.  That got me thinking...

Maybe we should at least talk about the idea of having a baby.  I started talking to Pete about it and in typical Pete fashion he was S...L...O....W... to warm up to the idea. I so clearly remember what he said to me one night as we were taking a walk after dinner and I was asking him for the 900th time..."What do you think about having a baby"
"'s like this..a train just pulled up to the station, I JUST got on..and now I am looking for a seat."
I just wanted to know if we could start a family...I am not sure how we got on a train and now we are looking for a seat.  That's my guy!!  Needless to say, I helped him find a seat!!

But I know that each time I talk to him about having another baby he feels like that 24 year old guy who is looking for a seat on the train.
Happy 14th Anniversary!

1 comment:

  1. Happy 14th anniversary! I am so proud of you both, and love you very much.....what a great job you ae doing with your family!