July 18th, 2013: Today marked the four year anniversary of the day that I said “I do” to Mark Lanker and danced the day away in his arms. We got hitched on the Jersey shore where my family has vacationed since the days of playing with paper dolls. And unfortunately, because of certain reality TV shows, whenever I tell people that fact, it’s often met with the follow-up question: “Was Snooki there?” To which I reply, “No, but there was plenty of fist-pumping.” ‘Cause that’s what people do on the Jersey shore when there’s something to celebrate along with a good down beat…right?
Let’s Talk About the Hubs
Now, I know that most of the time, when I mention Mark on the blog, I often includes mention of his love of pallets…
…and his prowess with a cordless drill.
And yes, he is my favorite handyman, no diggity doubt about it, but he is so much more than that to me. And since it’s our anniversary, I’m going to take this opportunity to gush about him right here and now. K? K.
He is my protector from critters great and small (in Florida, we have critters a’plenty).
He is my shoulder to cry on…ugly, snotty cries and all.
He is my adventure-seeker, always planning our next bike ride, or date night, or road trip.
He is my sailing instructor, teaching me how to run the jib and how to not freak out when the boat keels.
He is my biggest cheerleader, powering me through interviews and auditions with pep talks and hugs galore.
He is my dream-catcher, reminding me of my goals and helping me seek after them with reckless abandon.
He is my outdoorsman, opening my eyes to see the beauty in the world around us. A sunset. The breeze on the lake. An owl overhead.
He is my Mark. And the fact that God brought him back into my life (through Facebook of all things!) over five years after being classmates in Romantic Literature class together at Wheaton…well, that’s providence. And a much better love story than any I had dreamed up in my paper-doll-days.
“Oh how the years go by….”
For the sake of a little walk down memory lane, here’s a photo collage starting in July 2008 when we first started dated and continuing through our cruise this spring! I was inspired by Lil Blue Boo’s collage cataloging 12 years of marriage. If time continues to fly at this rapid rate, I know it will feel like a blink before the collage has grown to 15 years…30 years…60! Bring on the smile lines, I say.
Mark, here’s to many more years of d.i.y. collaborations, deep-bellied laughter, and adventure-seeking together! I love you.
A New Series
Annnnnd, as some of you may recall, one of my goals for this year was to do a special blog series on the DIY elements of our wedding. Well, I figured that the perfect timing for launching such a series would be right around our anniversary, so starting next week, I’ll be sharing 1-2 posts a week on everything from The Cardinal Rule About Wedding Dress Shopping that I Broke to The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009 to Planning a Wedding Before There Was Pinterest. (Despite what you may have heard, it can be done. Ha ha.) In fact, that’s the first post in the series so click HERE to start there.
I hope you’ll come along with me, my friends, as I take a look back at our fist-pumping wedding from 4 years ago and all the planning and d.i.y.-ing that went into it! Even if you’re not planning a wedding or if weddings make you nauseous, my hope is that you’ll find some inspiration for party planning in general and maybe get a chuckle at a few of my crazy stories.
To close, I’ll share a favorite quote that I posted on Instagram today…one that I think holds true, and not just for marriages, but friendships, too. (That Ruth Bell Graham was one wise lady.)