15 Years of Wedded Bliss...
Today I celebrate my 15 year wedding anniversary. It's hard to believe how much has changed over those years, yet how much is the same.
I can remember the day we met like it was yesterday. I was managing the restaurant at the Downtown Athletic Club in Baltimore, MD. Billy had just re-activated in the United States Army after having worked at the club at the front desk. He came in dressed in his dress uniform, looking mighty handsome, to meet some of the personal trainers for lunch. It wasn't the uniform that got me that day, it was the way he spoke about his kids. Billy had been recently divorced with two small children, just 5 months and 19 months old. The divorce was hard, but the separation from his young sons was almost too much. By all accounts, this was no deadbeat dad.
It took about a month for Billy to ask me out. He actually gave me his number on a private note he left at the front desk. No forward girl, I responded with a note that said "If you want to talk to me, you can call me" and left him my number. The next night he called, that Friday we had our first date. We played racquetball at the gym....ahhh, the romance! We kissed goodnight after he walked me to my car. I floated home.
By Saturday morning, I was sure he was THE ONE.
I can remember my dad's reaction when I, his 23 year old daughter, walked in the door for the first time with a baby in my arms and a 20 month old on my hand and said, "Dad, this is my new boyfriend and his sons." Not exactly what he pictured for me. He was concerned that I was taking on too much at my age, but I was in love. Though I appreciated his concern, I am so grateful that I followed my heart.
Our life has been at times wonderful, and stressful (as any blended family can understand). I took on the boys as my own from the very first meeting, and have always loved them from the soul of my being. The addition of our littlest angel has made our family complete.
Here's a little known fact....marriage is hard. Ours is no exception. We are very different in our approach to most things, and we are both very passionate about what we believe in. Sometimes we have to agree to disagree, most of the time he eventually realizes that I am right...ha!
My dear husband, thank you for being my best friend, my support, the father of my children, my designated driver and my love. You make me laugh, you make me think, sometimes you even make me so mad I can hardly see straight! I can't imagine my life without you and I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you for the last 15 years of wedded bliss. I just know that the next 50 years or so will be just as exciting!
Happy Anniversary my darling!
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