We are very lucky to have many wonderful role models in our lives when it comes to strong and positive relationships. As my parents are in their 52nd year of marriage, I felt my Mum was qualified to pass on some marriage advice to me. But, when I asked if she had any words of wisdom, she responded that it wasn’t her place to give advice to other couples. She said, “I always say that a marriage is a work in progress, and we’re still working on ours.” Beautifully put, Marie.
Eleven years in and Ben and I are still working on our marriage every day, and some days are easier than others. We’ve been thrown a few curve balls along the way that have tested our strength but I believe we get better, we work harder, we love each other more with each day we’re together. There wasn’t really an ‘our song’ that signified our relationship in the early days, so we agonised over what to choose for our wedding song – but finally decided on ‘Come Rain or Come Shine‘, which I think has been a pretty perfect choice for us over the years. It hasn’t always been sunny, but we try to lean in and love each other, whatever the weather.
You’re gonna love me like nobody’s loved me come rain or come shine.
Happy together, unhappy together and won’t it be fine?
Days may be cloudy or sunny
We’re in or we’re out of the money
But I’m with you always, I’m with you rain or shine.
~ Johnny Mercer
Happy anniversary, my darling. So proud of you and this family we’ve created.
sam: Oh how you love to paint nails, and this week you got to put those skills into practice as your class pampered all the mothers at the ‘Pamper Le Prep’ salon at school. We had a very special afternoon together as you did my makeup and hair, gave me a massage, made me a necklace, and even delivered afternoon tea to me. I looked stunning, I’m sure. At the end of the week, you selected a wild neon orange nail polish from the shop so we could do another salon session at home.
nicholas: We love singing in our house, and your favourite at the moment is the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow. It’s very cute watching you get on the floor and ‘sleep’ for the first line of the song. At lunchtime the other day, we belted out the complete repetoire of songs while we were eating and you did all the actions, complete with peanut butter smeared face and arms.
charlie: It’s been a while since you and Miss N had a proper play and you delighted in each other’s company when we all went to the park this week. You were very cute together, spontaneously walking along holding hands. We wonder if we’ll have to pull this photo out at the engagement party of Miss N and her “Charlie Bear” in 20 years time 😉
Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.
Wedding photo credit to TWK Studios, Brisbane.