Ten years and counting

The happy, sore, tired and sunburnt couple Saturday night

My husband and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary over the weekend. We were married at Fort Snelling Chapel in Minneapolis, MN on May 11, 2002. It was chilly and rainy that day as I recall.

Our anniversary weekend has always been marked by some event that has impacted us greatly. Two years prior to our wedding, I moved to Massachusetts, fearful that I would lose what I was convinced was the real thing when it came to dating. He was the real thing, and obviously, I didn’t lose him.

On our wedding night, my husband’s grandfather passed away peacefully in Roswell, NM. My own grandfather passed on a week later.

Our first anniversary was spent in New Mexico. I went into labor with our daughter exactly nine months to the day later.

Our third anniversary was spent with my mom, two cats, a toddler and a broken-down UHaul while driving across the country to move to Arkansas. Honestly, if a marriage can survive that, it can survive most other things.

On our fifth anniversary, Kathryn was sent to my mom’s for the weekend. She came back completely potty trained. It’s strange how wonderful we thought that present was!

On our sixth anniversary, my husband had a specific surgery that only males can have. We sent Kathryn to my mom’s house and her question of the week was “Mommy, will the doctor fix daddy?” Well, um, Kathryn, um.. Yes. Yes he will…

Our 10th Anniversary night lake-view Honeymoon Suite

And so, this year, we wanted to make our own memory that we’d cherish forever. We hadn’t been camping together since I was two months pregnant. Unfortunately, sixteen weeks of borderline hyperemesis gravidarum did not make for an enjoyable camping trip that year.

This weekend, we went to Lake Ouachita State Park and roughed it for three days. Our campsite had only a fire pit, a pad for our tent and a park bench. We remained mostly unplugged from the world.  It was fantastic! Our only regret was forgetting our fishing poles at home. It only rained from bedtime Friday night until lunchtime on Saturday and by 2 pm Saturday, we were able to get out on the lake to canoe. I hadn’t been canoeing in 20 years. We walked to each destination and didn’t get into the car once. By the end of that night though, I was downing three pain pills, I was so sore.

We reluctantly left our campsite yesterday afternoon and drove to my parents’ house in Searcy to fetch our child and dog. We got back home late last night.

Today, George is back at work and I’m home doing housework dreaming of the day we will be able to return.


About gespurr

Emily was born in Southwestern Louisiana and has moved over 20 times in her life through nine different states. Most of her life was spent in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where she met her husband and had her only child. Both she and her husband are also only children. She graduated from Stillwater (MN) High School in 1992 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a BS in Journalism. Three years later, she met her husband, George, and they married in 2002. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born early in 2004. She relocated with her family back to Arkansas in 2005 after being away for 30 years. She currently works as a customer service representative for an insurance company and lives in North Little Rock. When not taking care of her daughter she is either cooking, working, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting hiking, traveling or spending time with her husband.

Posted on May 14, 2012, in Family & Marriage, Kathryn. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. looks like a good time! Next time don’t forget the fishing poles! lol

  2. Happy anniversary!

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