what doesn’t kill us…

by debi9kids on February 23, 2012

…makes us stronger.
Today we celebrate 16 years.
I can honestly say it has not always been easy.
It has certainly been filled with more ups and downs than I care to recount,
days that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to be married.

but the one constant was that I loved you,
through good and bad.

My vows mean the same to me today as they did 16 years ago.
No. More.

Those words, spoken from my heart, with my faith, have led me when my rational mind would’ve otherwise given up on us.

Our life, the good and the bad, have taken us to places I never imagined; some places I would love to forget and others places I’ll treasure my whole life.

While the past two years have been a struggle at times, it has also been a blessing in disguise.
It has forced me to look at our love, our relationship, in a different way and take nothing for granted.
ever again.

As each day passes, every hour, each fragile moment, I realize how perfectly imperfect it has all been.
And I’m reminded just how fragile love can be if we do take it for granted.

Never again.

Happy Anniversary, Russ,
my perfectly imperfect husband

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Mum-me February 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Happy Anniversary! May you go on to celebrate many, many more.


Heather February 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

<3 Happy Anniversary <3


Tracey February 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

smiling! Happy Anniversary Debi and Russ


Barbara Manatee February 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I love that quote. Congrats to you both for surviving the best of times and the worst of times. I hope you are still taking the night away this weekend!! Have a great time!


debi9kids February 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

2 nights!


Dawn Wright February 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

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

Love gets sweeter, but only with lots of sweat and tears thrown in!!!! 🙂


Mimi February 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm

What a beautiful post! Happy anniversary and I'm so thankful that God loves us despite our imperfections, allowing us in turn to do the same to those we love.


Michelle @ One Craft February 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Happy Anniversary. Marriage is a lot of hard work so congratulations at sticking with it. 🙂


Mama D.s Dozen February 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm


We will celebrate our 30th this summer.

So glad you got away for the weekend.

🙂 🙂 🙂


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