9 Years & Counting | Our Story

June 6, 2018

Canon Beach Photographer - Destination Photographer - Our Anniversary

This is our Story | Wisconsin & Destination Photographers

The story of us started nine years ago, as a server and a line cook. This may sound like a fairytale that may be starting, but it is nearly far from it. Unless you are talking the fairytales that start with conversations over strippers and a drunk dial. Yup!

You may have heard the above story before, but what you haven’t heard is this. Justin is the first guy I have dated! Yes, dated! We went on dates before actually going “steady” on June 6th, nine years ago. I was not ready to start a relationship or fling with anyone after an abusive relationship. I needed to figure out what I really wanted in life first. Along with knowing the guy was a good guy. 

How did I know Justin was a good guy?

He was the first guy who was OK with waiting. Waiting in all sense of the word. He was there when I was crying and still broken from the man before him. Justin was someone who told me that I wasn’t broken, that I was better than HE ever made me believe. It has been 10 years since that relationship ended and I am still healing and Justin is still there to remind me of what I need to hear. 

The right guy isn’t easy to find but when you find it you hold on tight!

We have not had a perfect relationship. Far from it. But, you know what our relationship has taught us? That relationship is not supposed to be perfect. They are hard work, the kind of hard work that is damn worth it. 

If it wasn’t for Justin coming into my life when I needed him most, I have no idea where my life would be. I do know it wouldn’t be what it is now. I was a lost, very broken person who was going down a rabbit hole, fast. 

Today we celebrate 9 years – are we planning anything huge today? Nope! Justin is still sleeping, I am cuddled up in a wool blanket, wool cardigan, favorite hat and a scarf writing this blog. Another thing to remember, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to celebrate your love for each other. You don’t even have to write anything on social media – just celebrate it with each other the best you two know how! 

I love us, I love our messy life, and I cannot wait to see where the next year or hundred take us!