Friday, December 14, 2007

Wedded bliss

Today we celebrate eleven years of marriage. Can I just say that again - ELEVEN YEARS OF MARRIAGE! Wow.

Yes, just like Jamie I was a fetus when we married. Just 18 (or if you ask Aaron, "she was nearly 19!"). Aaron was so old and mature, he was 21.

Here is a slideshow depicting some of those years:

Let me tell you a little about those eleven years.
- We lived in Brisbane for the first two years while I finished my Bachelor's degree.
- We moved to Mount Isa to do my 'country service' for teaching and ended up staying for seven years.
- We bought a house.
- Somewhere in those seven years we took off and lived in China for five months.
- I started and finished my Master's degree (I graduate tomorrow!)
- We sold abovementioned house.
- We decided to adopt from China.
- We realised we were too young to adopt from China.
- So we waited.
- I changed my hair from blonde to brunette to red to raven and back to brunette.
- And we waited a little more.
- We had busy jobs with lots of travel.
- We made incredible friendships that we treasure.
- Some of those friends lived with us for periods of time. Others might as well have.
- We had fun parties in the backyard and good times camping in the open air bush.
- We played sport together and decided to learn Mandarin together.
- I coached kids' sport teams, debating teams, and computer clubs.
- Aaron played the stockmarket and golf and developed a love for cooking.
- We took holidays and discovered this amazing country of ours.
- We witnessed most of our siblings getting married, and we became an Uncle and an Aunt over and again.
- We moved back to Brisbane and purchased land in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland, where we are now building a house.
- We started the adoption process and it was the most surreal feeling in the world.
- We were APPROVED to adopt! The official notification and final report is being delivered to us by registered mail today! What a sweet anniversary gift!


Amanda and Andrew said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooooo happy for you. I have kept checking to see if you have heard those magical words... and now you have!
My best wishes from Melbourne,

Anonymous said...

well done!!!!
so proud of you
love you so much
so you are now"pregnant" cant wait to see how long you are before your daughter arrives!!!

LaLa said...

Congrats on your anniversary, graduation and have a lot to celebrate. What a beautiful couple you are!

David said...

Happy 11th anniversary! Our 12th anniversary is the 16th of this we're just about at the same point.

Kristen said...

Happy Anniversary!!
So Much to Celebrate... Enjoy!

The Adoption Club said...

Congrats on your approval and happy anniversary.

My husband and I were married on December 23 and celebrate 12 years of marriage this year.

Best Wishes,
Kim said...

Wow! Happy Anniversary and a big congrats on being approved for adoption! It truly is the perfect gift!

Anonymous said...

You guys are SO CUTE! Oh my word, SO CUTE!

I also change my hair color around in attempts to imitate Jennifer Garner in Alias.


OziMum said...

YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Fantastic news! Another box checked!!!

You and Aaron are like me and Todd, I was just 19 though, and he was 21!!! We've just clocked over 15 years!

Special K said...

Happy Anniversary!

You have many wonderful things to celebrate.

PS. Love the different hair looks!

Kristen said...

Congratulations on all your exciting news! Happy Anniversary! Happy Graduation! Happy Adoption Approval! What an exciting time for you!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

A huge CONGRATULATIONS... here is to many, many more... take care

Lisa, Doug & Briana said...

Congratulations on the approval and 11 years of wedded bliss!

Scarlett_333 said...

That is so exciting! And I loved your list... there are so many things on there that I hope I have accomplished in 10ish years. Especially that you lived in China for 5 months! That is so cool! Me and my boyfriend always talk about doing that once we graduate University... probably not in China- he is really wanting to go to India, and I would love to go to Ethiopia. While you were there, did you work, or was it just a really long vacation?
Thanks for the post! I will definitely be following your blog. And oh my gosh I LOVE your header- how fun!

Sarah (Real Life) said...

Happy Anniversary from a total stranger! I too got married in December 11 years ago! You two are an adorable couple. I also have a friend who adopted from China, I hope it goes well for you.

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