with Angella Dykstra
I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.
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With our ten-year anniversary coming up next month, my husband and I have been reminiscing about our life when we were newlyweds. We lived in a basement suite in the bustling metropolis of Vancouver (OK, fine. North Burnaby) and would spend our evenings and weekends getting to know each other as husband and wife. We would cook dinner together, go for long walks and, well, you know.
I remember being that bright-eyed bride, dreaming about our future. It would involve a house full of children (I dreamed of four, he dreamed of two and we ended up with three beautiful beings…which we now know to be perfect for us), a large property on which our children could run and on which we (he) could hone our (his) gardening skills, in the small town that he grew up in. All of those dreams have been fulfilled.
I also remember wondering what our tenth anniversary celebration would entail. I dreamed of returning to the resort that we honeymooned at in Mexico and of renewing our vows while standing at the edge of the ocean. Romantic visions aside, I just really wanted to wear my dress again. (I still do - it’s classic and beautiful and I’m the same size (if not a wee bit smaller) as I was when we got married).
As I mentioned last week, we’re headed to Vegas for our anniversary. It’s pretty much the antithesis of a Caribbean getaway and there will be no donning of the white dress while overlooking the ocean. I joked to my husband that we should go to a wedding chapel just for the cheese factor but it likely won’t happen. Or maybe we’ll surprise you all…
The whole “renewing your vows” doesn’t seem as important to me as it did ten years ago. Maybe that will eventually change, maybe it won’t.
How about you? Would you renew your vows?
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