This day last year, Ben and I tied the knot–literally.
During the ceremony, to signify our union, we tied a lover’s knot (which is supposed to be one of the strongest ways to tie two separate pieces of rope together). We weren’t sure we’d be able to pull it off during the ceremony, because we’d had trouble when practicing it at the rehearsal. Ben’s groomsmen were even making bets on whether we’d succeed or make fools of ourselves in front of all of our loved ones.
But when it counted, we nailed it and hi-fived each other in the middle of the ceremony. I didn’t realize it then, but looking back I’d say it was a good indication of what our first year as a married couple would be like: FUN in the face of whatever (big or small) challenges came knocking.
Ben is responsible for that. Left to my own devices, I tend to take myself and life too seriously. I get caught up in things not being perfect or not matching an unrealistic vision in my head. But Ben, in his unassuming and humorous way–probably with a pun of sorts thrown in–helps me remember without reminding me that life is too short to live locked in my land of criticism.
I love him for that every day.
So here’s to one year down & forever to go OR as Ben put it: “here’s to another awesome year as we build our empire together (might be a small empire, but it will be a fun one).”