8.08.2007

nine years

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nine years today with david. this morning eliot asked us if we getting married again to day. didnt quite grasp the meaning of anniversary, but couched in an explanation that our marriage was having its ninth birthday, it all clicked. last night we were chatting with our friend beth (who understands the meaning of anniversary, so much easier that way) about the past nine years. happiest day of my life? no. not the actual day. what a blur. best decision i ever made? yes. most definitely. our first year of marriage (babies marrying babies mind you) david decided not to go back to school. while at home he zeroed in on what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. be a writer. thank goodness. second year, with much prompting on my part, we packed up and moved back to lawrence where david was enrolled in the creative writing program. third & fourth years were a blur of college, lots of shows at the bottleneck, one car, $237 rent (not a lie), three roommates, and a dog. again with more prompting by yours truly, david enrolled in the masters program for creative writing. i mean come on, they were paying for his tuition and paying him to teach. how can you say no to that? you cant. you just cant. fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth were a blur of babies, house buying, car buying, babies, starting up two companies, babies, more car buying (uh hello, mini van?) lots and lots of stress about all those things plus money. and here we are. the first day of our ninth year. and truly, honestly, i can say that this is going to be our best year yet. because of, in spite of, all those things we are here, making the most of it. sticking to our guns on goals and dreams, letting little things fall to the wayside, reveling in wonderful friendships and support. and damn it all if it doesnt feel great and scary and lovely at once. i love you david, you are the best decision i ever made.

44 Comments:

Blogger dopeattic said...

happy marriage day hannah and david!!!

12:03 PM  
Blogger ke said...

happy anniversary friends! i can't wait to see what this next year holds for you. i'm inspired by your perseverance and support of one another. hope you enjoy your day!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous amy h said...

Happy anniversary! It sounds like those nine years have been a bit of a whirlwind, but a good one.

1:02 PM  
Blogger beki said...

Happy 9 years! May you have many, many more :)

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Congrats to you both! It's hard work- I'm glad you're enjoying the ride.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

heck yes! happy anniversary! oh, how i miss lawrence and the bottleneck. ben kweller and rogue wave are playing there in the coming months (last i heard through the grapevine), and oh am i sad that i'll miss 'em.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous jmac said...

"...was there a niner in there?" Dudes, we love you guys, you're awesome. It's nice to have friends who are chasing their dreams with us, so we don't feel completely insane by ourselves. Congrats, you guys are old balls! I said that.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Rustin S said...

Congratulations. Chasing dreams - yes! I can go along with that.

1:45 PM  
Blogger eshu said...

that was the sweetest thing i've ever read

happy anniversary!

1:51 PM  
Blogger vwiese said...

Hannah & David,
Happy Anniversary, you have been so fun to learn from and observe since we have become friends. Thanks for being such hip married people and parents. The world needs more of you.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous david said...

anyone notice how much of a bully hannah is? she says, "prompting." i say, "bully."

and without a bully, i would've amounted to zero.

thanks, hannah. marrying you was the best decision i was ever bullied into . ;)

2:40 PM  
Anonymous myra said...

Happy anniversary! This year will be our ninth as well.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Happy anniversary! What a sweet tribute! Best wishes for your best year ever.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Keepers of the Karate Kitty Secrets said...

Happy Anniversary! I wish you the best year ever.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous grace said...

We celebrated our 8th anniversary yesterday!!! great! congratulations. :)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

happy anniversary you two! 9 years is a great accomplishment - congrats!

6:56 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

what a beautiful description of your last nine years- and you clearly have so much to look forward to. best wishes for your ninth and best year yet!

7:49 PM  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

You sound so happy:)
Each year will be the best one yet.
Hope you're enjoying your night out.

9:15 PM  
Blogger beth said...

yay for wedding birthdays! and for the year ahead. may it overflow with great joy and realized dreams.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous meg said...

Beautiful!! Happy Anniversary!

1:08 AM  
Anonymous toby said...

I love you both.

6:34 AM  
Blogger shari said...

beautiful hannah. happy anniversary!

7:18 AM  
Blogger Chara Michele said...

Happy Anniversary! Congrats on 9 years together:)

8:38 AM  
Blogger Blair said...

happy anniversary david and hannah! I love every single bit of your post today, its amazing to read all that and think, wow, we made all this happen (one way or another). I didn't know David went to KU, so did Peter! Some of his best memories surround the town of Lawrence. I'd move there in a heartbeat!

Happy day! xo

9:08 AM  
Anonymous mav said...

smile.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Di said...

Happy anniversary!! Sounds like a great 9 years - hope year 10 tops them all!!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Molly said...

I stumbled onto this lovely blog via Eireann's flickr account... Congratulations on your anniversary! It's nice to read this rumination two days before my own plunge. :) (And I hope to enroll in a graduate program in creative writing very soon--gulp, gulp.) CONGRATS! I look forward to exploring here!

2:20 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

oh, happy HAPPY anniversary, you two crazy lovebirds! wishing you 9 times 99 more years of goodness!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Yoici said...

I hope it was a wonderful anniversary! And David...you were not bullied into that! I remember how much in love you were with that beautiful bride. I have wonderful memories of your wedding day! Funny ones too!!!! :?)

12:02 AM  
Blogger blueyondergirl said...

Here's to many more! Happy Anniversary!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Prisca said...

happy 9th from me and lee...

see ya soon?

12:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Congratulations! It really doesn't seem like that long ago...
I just stumbled upon your blog and find myself fascinated by it. You are so crafty! I'm very impressed.
I'm glad all is well with you and the fam. You are truly blessed with a great husband (David, I really mean it!) Beautiful children too!

1:50 PM  
Blogger molly said...

happy, happy wedding birthday!
xo.

4:41 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

oh yay yay yay..... happy day and congrats to you and your love!

7:15 PM  
Blogger jenny said...

awesome. happy anniversary to a great couple. loved this post. and by the way, your outfit in that picture is so great!f

11:23 AM  
Anonymous molly! said...

happy anniversary! i have been lurking for ages but am still always reading and happy to hear that you and your family are doing well.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous jenny said...

you are the sweetest. your sentiments feel familiar becase you have one more year than us, (we were babies marrying babies too) we just celebrated our 8th at the end of july, :) we are so lucky to have found love, :) suerte!! :) y mil besitos para ti mi amiga.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Joyce Collins said...

Do you think you can outdo my parents? Tomorrow they will celebrate 68 years of marriage!!!!

4:22 PM  
Blogger shash said...

beautiful! ;-)

9:37 PM  
Anonymous abby said...

Oh man, typeing through the tears here-Happy anniversary! It's stories like yours that make me think-I can do this, we will do this! Thanks for sharing!

9:06 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

Here's to 9 fabulous years! We love you guys and are so thankful to know you -- especially at this time of our lives.

"and damn it all if it doesn't feel great and scary and lovely at once." I love this statement...I need to post it on my bathroom mirror so I'm reminded why we're taking chances to chase dreams too.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous maditi said...

happy, happy anniversary :)

10:00 AM  
Blogger grace said...

Happy 9th anniversary! Wow.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Billie said...

What a sweet post. Very encouraging. Made me excited to kiss my hubby good night and enjoy him even more in our going on 8 years of marriage. Thanks for honoring your marriage.
(I found your blog through angrychicken)

7:54 PM  

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