Wednesday, May 6, 2009

21 Years and Still Happy

When I was in college I met a guy named Mike. We became good friends and spent a lot of time together. When he came home with me for Thanksgiving, my Mom fell in love with him.

She had chosen her son in law but ...remember in The Lion King when Zazu tells Nala and Simba that they are betrothed and they say, " Oooh gross he's my friend." Well, I was beyond the cooty thing but what if all of the sudden I started crushing on Mike? What would happen to our friendship? That was my worry. For months.

But ...when I came back to school after Christmas, the first person I wanted to see was Mike. So I called his apartment. Lance said he was at Becky's.

JEALOUS.

What???

If I was jealous of Becky... could that mean that I. Liked. Mike?

Hmmm....

I started showing more interest. You know. Not friend interest.

He responded quite encouragingly.

About a year later he gave me a diamond.

Six months after that on May 7, 1988 I married my best friend.

I had big hair. He had a mullet.

I still wish big hair was in style. He wishes he had a mullet.

Since then we've gone to 2 Universities, and lived in 8 different residences in 5 different cities in 3 different states.

We have four kids, a dog, a mortgage, 2 cars, a yard, 8 bikes, and 21 years of marital bliss.

I think I'm a pretty lucky girl!

22 comments:

Hibler House said...

Happy 21st! Can I just say, that despite your big hair, I LOVE your hat. I wanted to wear a hat on my wedding, but mom put the kibosh on that one. I still regret not having my way... but then again, they DID pay for the wedding... Yay for 21 years!

Me and My Family said...

yea! Happy Anniversary. Love your pictures. Love the big hair and mullet! May the next 21 years be just as fun!

Tanielle said...

That is sooo wonderful!!! Awesome post! I think I will have to read it again. Happy Anniversary, thanks for sharing the pictures!

Have a great day!

Tanja said...

Happy Anniversary! You 2 are a great couple and your family is just wonderful. Congratulations!
Oh yeah, and I love the picture :-)

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary! The best and happiest marriages I see are when the husband and wife are really each other's best friend and often start out as friends in the first place. You two are very blessed!

I liked the parts about the mullet, big hair, mortgage, dog, yard, cars and kids...but the 8 bikes was the BEST!

everydayMOM said...

Awwww. So cute!

I've been thinking about your blog redesign... who knows?! I might just stumble upon an idea one day and send it your way. Putting it together is simple, it's just coming up with the idea that's hard! =]

Anonymous said...

U rock mom & dad!!!:-D

Dawn said...

I've been thinking about you 2! Happy Anniversary! Yup!! I thought he was the cutest. Good choice! U rock Jenny and Mike!
(and Denise!)

In the words of Kim: said...

Happy Anniversary - ROFLOL on the mullet, but hey - Jeff had one too! lol - sign of the times eh? very fun!

Mike J said...

Just to set the records straight I miss my mullet and I still don't think we have enough bikes.

Joy For Your Journey said...

Twenty one years married to your best friend who is even cute! I would say you are a very lucky girl indeed! Congratulations!

Miss Eve said...

Such a cute post Jenny. I believe in get married with your best friend :-) I love those pictures you've posted, you look so great together with your husband! (BTW, I love biking :-), Wishing you a lovely day, love: Evi

Becky said...

Stopping by from SITS. Your post brought tears to my eyes! I too married my "friend". It is the best way to go in my opinion.

Congratulations!

Little Miss Baker said...

Awe :) Found you over at SITS and wanted to wish you a Happy Anniversary! I love happy stories like this and what a great one at that. Love the picture and the blog! Enjoy your day!!

Linda said...

Jenny & Mike,
I wish you many, many more bikes to come. And Mike, I would tend to agree with you.

WheelDancer said...

The power of having friendship be the foundation of a partnership can't be overstated and you have done a great job of summing it up. Oh, and the bikes help too :-)

Nicole O'Dell said...

Happy Anniversary!

Here from SITS--following now.

Rebecca Rodgers said...

Many many congrats to you both!

Xazmin said...

I love that story! Happy Anniversary! I love your picture...what a cutie your hubby is, and I LOVE the big hair! My husband loves big hair, I think he still wishes it was in style too!

JoLyn said...

Congrats you guys! Happy 21!

Beth said...

First of all Congrats! 2nd. You two don't even look your ages. I am jealous. So glad to hear another love story such as yours.

Tom said...

Just found this blog after hopping over from Antique Mommy. Congrats on 21 years! What a feat! Say - is that Blake Island by any chance? That looks like a little spot just down the short from Tillicum Village.