Thursday, November 15, 2007

tenth anniversary




It was ten years ago today that Chikara and I promised our lives to each other. Promised to stay together through all sorts of things that we knew nothing about! The first year of marriage was such an emotional roller coaster but every year since then we've learned to be more understanding, more supportive, more forgiving, more patient, more loving and as a result we are more committed to each other than I could have imagined on the day we said "I do".


I'm so glad we decided to go away, just the two of us, and celebrate our first ten years of marriage. Part of me thought that it was a reckless, selfish thing to do. Part of me has a hard time putting me first but now I know that it was the right decision for us. The girls did great without us. They slept well, they played nicely and they didn't seem to notice that we were gone until we returned and then there were tears and stories of all of the fun things they did in our absence and the inevitable questions about presents!

For our part, we will remember that we stole time away from our kids to do the things that we cannot do when we are with them. Sleep in, sit in a hot tub under the stars watching the ocean waves roll, eat appetizers for dinner with a chocolate shake on the side, order enormous hamburgers and not finish them, walk instead of drive and read books without interruption are just some of the luxuries of "child-free" life that we enjoyed.




















Are you drooling yet?

















We did talk about our children at length and we wondered what they were doing during certain moments of the day. Was Emi being too bossy? Was Misaki sad? Was Sakura cooperating? Did Natsuki even know what was going on?












Gina! Thanks for all the great advice. We had a wonderful time...

16 comments:

Abigail Munday said...

Happy anniversary, guys! Woo-hoo!

Tigermama said...

It looks (and sounds) like you had a fantastic time. Happy anniversary!!!

coarse gold girl said...

Congratulations! Happy to hear that you had such a good anniversary get away! You both look so happy--and so young--perhaps a benefit of being so happily married for a decade?

cara said...

happy anniversary!! i remember going to your wedding in the PBC chapel. (i also remember Bob MacGregor sitting behind me and poking me in the back sporadically. he thought he was funny.)

after spending our 10th anniversary trip with in-laws and a baby, i totally agree that you made a wise decision to get away without your girls.

and, yes, Henri and i are totally jealous about the trip to Taco Bell.

Anonymous said...

It looks like you had so much fun! You both look so good! Good for you for taking time for yourselves, you may think it was selfish but it makes you a better mum, wife and teacher in the end because of it! Say hi to Chikara for me:)

Anonymous said...

that was from your favorite cousin by the way:) I always forget that part!

Love Kim!

Nay said...

Happy Anniversary!! It looks and sounds like you guys had a wonderful time. I hope that your trip will be one of the memories you can cherish for a life time!

Gina said...

Yay! I am so so glad you guys had such a fantastic time! I know I told you by email. But I'd like to say it one more time. Happy anniversary to you and to Chikara! Sounds like you guys had just the best time ever! And those food pics are to die for! Looks so yummy! Congratulations you guys! : )

Christelle said...

Glad to see you got away and the smiles on your faces from the photos prove you did the right thing! You don't look old enough to be married for ten years with four children!

Alynne said...

I wasn't expecting to see your wedding picture, and of course I burst into tears. I remember at your wedding how a hush fell over the crowd when Chikara escorted his mother down the aisle, and she was wearing her traditional kimono. I think the realization of what was about to happen hit everyone at the same time - Chikara was not just some cool guitarist boyfriend, he was a part of a completely different world, and you both were about to enter each other's world forever. It was a sobering moment showing what the power of love will do.
And now look where you are. What your blogging friends don't get to experience is the impact of being with both of you in person. Chikara is such a man of compassion and grace - you feel it immediately when you meet him - and Sarah you are so perceptive and aware in every interaction, always thinking ahead to what would be the best for every person in the room. Amazing! It's no wonder people are attracted to you both. Your home is truly a sanctuary for the hurting and confused, and for good friends that need to tank up on what it means to be normal and good. A blessing on your marriage and your home, Sarah! I love you so much.

Karli said...

I'm so glad you guys got away, Sarah! That's so cool! You guys look great in those pictures. Your posting makes me want to get away! I'll always remember your wedding in the PBC chapel. Congratulations on 10 years! --Karli

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sarah, you look fantastic! Ross and I dream of our baby-free days and we only have one! Glad you had such a fantastic break. Tracy

Heidi said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! The photos speak a thousand words - you guys look so happy and "together". Some time away from the kids is always good for a relationship, I think.

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your 10 years of marriage!!

You both look so happy and in love in your pictures!! Chikara is so handsome!!!!

I hope that the next 10 years and onwards are equally as happy for the both of you and your family.

kuri & ping said...

I can't believe I didn't comment on this post! I thought I did (actually had a comment all thought out, but apparently, I'm not good on the follow-through...hmmm). Congrats on your anniversary!! The get-away sounds wonderful. :)

BTW, thanks for the comment about Nao's sleeping (or non-sleeping) patterns. Actually, she doesn't wake up to eat. She needs comforting and then goes right back to sleep. She wakes up during REM, which is a new thing (actually, since after her surgery). It's driving me CRAZY!!

Henri the Great said...

I can think of nothing better to celebrate 10 years of marriage then a trip to Taco Bell. I *am* jealous. And hungry.

Congrats guys!