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7th Anniversary…And I’m So Glad

June 06, 2010 by Victoria Strong
Tomorrow is our 7th wedding anniversary...and I am so glad for you. And as we celebrate, these are the thoughts on my mind...

I'm glad our eyes met and you had the courage to say hello 11 St. Patrick's Days ago

I'm glad you didn't give up on me for canceling our first date with no good excuse and little time

I'm glad that although neither of us were "looking," we both knew after one date that we'd found something special

I'm glad that you are romantic and thoughtful and carefully planned a personal proposal -- even though I didn't hear all you said after seeing you down on one knee

I'm glad you were just as interested in planning our wedding as I was, wanted to be involved with organizing it all -- it made it our day, not just mine

I'm glad we spent some alone time together after the wedding... When I remember our day, I think of those moments, giddy with excitement, kissing and holding you, and it always reminds me of how very much I love you

I'm glad we spent the next few years after marriage navigating what we truly wanted in our life -- our new life as a pair

I'm glad we had the courage to quit our secure jobs, sell everything, and travel the world for a year -- just the two of us and our enormous backpacks

I'm glad we have picnicked under the Eiffle Tower, biked through Norway's fjords, pulled leeches off each other's backs in Borneo and we simply enjoy each other's company -- no matter where we are or what we are doing

I'm glad you have a sense of adventure and a joy for life, have challenged me to do things I never expected I'd try and have done things for me you never thought you'd enjoy -- but I'm also glad you don't have to go, go, go all the time

I'm glad we decided to create a life in Santa Barbara and start a family here -- this town is good to us

I'm glad you are so protective and thoughtful and proud of your little family

I'm glad you are instinctively an incredible father

I'm glad you never feel self conscious to be silly with your little girl

I'm glad Gwendolyn got all of our best attributes -- especially yours

I'm glad you told me when I was falling apart after Gwendolyn's SMA diagnosis that we would be okay... No false promises, but such certainty that we would survive this -- even after Gwendolyn does not

I'm glad you are honest and true, even when the truth is painful

I'm glad you are humble and insightful and kind, while still beingconfident and secure

I'm glad you always seem to see the big picture and do the right thing, simply because its the right thing to do

I'm glad you still make me laugh, belly aching laugh -- and stillchallenge my perspective, always making me think -- and I'm glad you like that I do that for you, too

I'm glad you still think my gaffs are "cute" after so many years -- I promise to work on my bad habits

I'm glad you still tell me I am pretty -- and mean it -- even when I'm just in yoga pants and a tank top

I'm glad we are a team, you and me, and a good one

I'm glad I married you 7 years ago tomorrow...no 7 year itch in sight

Happy Anniversary my Love -- I'm so very glad you love me

Talk About It

Your love story is a gift to all of us who follow you. You remind us to stay brave, stay connected and that, while perhaps not conquering all, love can at least aid in the battle. Wishing you a glorious anniversary!
Posted by Megan Morseth on 2010-06-06 08:08:10
Happy Anniversary! You guys really are one of the most beautiful couples I have ever seen, both in appearance and spirit!
Posted by Misty on 2010-06-06 12:57:42
Happy Anniversary! I so agree with what Misty just posted. You deserve all the love in the world. Enjoy your anniversary and stay happy as always.
Posted by Jhari on 2010-06-06 13:18:48
.....AND....this is why you have a great marriage: because you ARE able to express your appreciation for all that Bill brings to your life. (And PS - what's wrong with being in a tank top and YOGA pants - Man, that's a GREAT look !! Right Bill?)
Posted by Julie Brennan on 2010-06-06 13:33:20
Beautiful pictures. Happy Anniversary!
Posted by Jen on 2010-06-06 15:38:17
happy anniversary! congrats on 7 years!
Posted by maggie on 2010-06-06 16:57:20
Happy anniversary to an amazing and inspiring couple!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-06-06 17:47:04
You '2' are incredible! I walked thru your meeting each other and the courtship and eventual engagement. Bill's mom is my sister so If I did not know I was 'filled in by' Bill's mom. It was and is 'majical'. This kind of love connection does not happen 'everyday'. You 2 are 'blessed'. Your love and devotion is beyond words. And the 'frosting on the cake' is your 'lil 'bundle of joy'......YES, Miss Gwendolyn. I so admire U 2. I was at your fantastic wedding. It was a celebration of love and joy! It was my FAV wedding ever. It was YOU!!
Posted by Auntie Weez on 2010-06-06 17:50:23
Happy Anniversary Bill and Victoria! May you continue to be a shining example to all of us. So glad I convinced you to go out with him smile. LOL! I hope you guys have a fabulous day!
Posted by Theresa Portugal on 2010-06-06 19:04:03
So precious!! Happy Anniversary to the most amazing couple I know smile
Posted by Eva on 2010-06-06 19:54:06
Happy Anniversary Bill and Victoria. You are the most amazing couple and I loved hreading your story. Along with Gwendolyn you make one fabulous family. The best to you. --Mari
Posted by Thorney aka Mari on 2010-06-06 20:09:24
Congratulations!!! You guys are a truly astonishing pair.
Posted by Devon on 2010-06-06 20:54:05
Happy Anniversary to you both! I am so glad you have such amazing memories with one another and an incredible life you both cherish each and every day. You are so lucky to have one another and Gwendolyn is so incredibly lucky to have two such dedicated people as her parents-dedicated not only to her but to eachother as well!! Hugs, Em
Posted by Emma on 2010-06-07 14:48:48
Happy anniversary yesterday!!! You picked a great day - we were also married on June 7... 36 years ago! Cheers and many, many more incredible years - Helen/'Lucy'
Posted by Helen on 2010-06-08 09:57:16
Happy Anniversary to two incredible and inspiring individuals. May your relationship be blessed with many years of love, laughter, and the undying zest for life for not just both of you but also for your precious daughter. ~ Marilynn
Posted by Marilynn on 2010-06-08 10:27:58
Happy Happy Anniversary! You two are the sweetest couple! The angels must have all been singing the day you two got married! Congrats on 7 years, and here's to many more!! Hugs!
Posted by Terri Anton on 2010-06-08 22:31:01
What a sweet story. Happy anniv! Off topic- have you seen this app for the iphone? http://proloquo2go.com/ I thought of Miss. G as soon as I seen it. Karen
Posted by Karen on 2010-06-10 17:02:23
Hi Victoria and Bill, Happy Anniversary! I was very touched by your post Victoria. With all you and your family are going through, it is wonderful that you can stop to write about the possitive things in your life. You and Bill are very lucky to have each other...Gwendolyn is especially lucky to have the two of you. I can say for certain that you are a wonderfully unique family and you have a lot of love and experience to share with others. Thank you for allowing us a personal view into your lives. Kristin
Posted by Kristin on 2010-06-14 13:35:13

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