Advent 19, the one with the wedding anniversary…

It’s that time of year where I get to say that we used to look like this: 

And now we look like this: 

And somehow 11 years have gone by, over a decade of adventuring through the ups and downs life has thrown our way, over a decade of enjoying each other, learning about each other and weathering storms together. As years go this one has been particularly strange, getting through a global pandemic together has certainly added a new dimension to our world. I was wondering if I should just link to all the many other blog posts I’ve written over the years in praise of this wonderful man I’m married to but I reckon each year brings it’s own flavour of life together. 

This year I have loved seeing him flourish in his work, his many side hustles which I can’t comprehend most of the time. I love seeing his passions for teaching, doing and learning thrive and be put to good use. I’ve loved bumbling around with him during the strangeness of this year, co-parenting together as we’ve sought to help our small ones get their heads around being in a global pandemic. We’ve had to remember how to be more of a team as his health has got better over the last few months and it’s been brilliant to work those things out. I love his cheerleading of me, I love how he loves, I love doing life with this brilliant man and being team together. 

There’s a song by Christie Moore that we heard earlier in the year which sums up all I want to say about the wonderful husbandface. We now have a strange crew that make sailing this ship a whole lot harder, but, on the good days, a whole lot more fun too. 

Here’s some of the lyrics and below is the full thing. Life isn’t always easy, there are many times we get it wrong but we are still in this ship together, figuring it out, committed to each other and deeply, wonderfully for each other. 

With no maps to guide us we steered our own course
Rode out the storms when the winds were gale force
Sat out the doldrums in patience and hope
Working together we learned how to cope

Life is an ocean and love is a boat
In troubled waters that keeps us afloat
When we started the voyage, there was just me and you
Now gathered round us, we have our own crew

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