This is Bill and I back in December 1995 at his parents house. I had just turned 17 and he was just coming up on his 23rd birthday. We had just celebrated a year of being together and a year of being engaged. (we got engaged 3 mos after being together). Back before our first baby and living on our own. Life was pretty easy I must admit, living with hearts filled with dreams and plans of the future. We were both working full time, Bill was working at a pharmaceutical company and I at a nearby daycare center. We were living with his parents in their basement and they were kind enough to not charge us rent. It's crazy to think back to those days, where we just hopped in the car and went to the grocery store and bought whatever sparked our fancy. Or when we would say "Hey, let's go see a movie" and not think twice about it from a financial standpoint.
Funny enough though when I look at that girl in the picture, I don't feel that different on the inside from her. She knew what she wanted out of life and knew that the man sitting beside her was going to be there for the rest of her life. She knew that she would have kids (at that time I was hoping for at least 12!! and Bill was looking at possibly 2!lol) and she knew that she would love being a Mama. Although she didn't know how to cook worth a darn, or do a budget (well a real budget anyways), she was willing to learn and eager to learn. Much like the woman she grew into is today. I look at her and see her youth, but I know that inside she was wise beyond her years, she had seen many things at that point and had already been through so much. While they were difficult and trying they helped to shape who she became and she will continue to evolve into as the years go on. As for Bill, well, why is it that I can stare at his picture and see no physical changes? He still looks the same to me now as he did then. That same grin, those same eyes that sparkle. *sigh* He still makes my heartbeat a little faster and my face smile a bit more when I'm near him.
So much has changed and yet so much has stayed the same. I'm so grateful that our strength with each other and for each other has only become more deeper as the years go on.
I love you sweetie!!
Have a blessed Friday!!!