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a life less ordinary

January 13, 2010

When my husband and I were dating he told me that he wanted our life together to be more than “ordinary.” It’s one of the things I loved about him, then, and still do. The fact that he wanted “more” out of life. We had both seen marriages in our life end in failure, but I wondered if we could pull it off — creating a “life less ordinary.”

We got engaged, then went on a honeymoon to the Caribbean, bought our first home, got pregnant with our first child, and THEN we got married–in that order. I think we were on the right track with the whole “out-of-the-ordinary” thing. Or maybe we were just trying to set the stage, prove to everyone that you can do things differently. It can work.

Within 5 years, we we were raising four children together. We were busy running from the doctor’s office to school to baseball practice and school plays. Paying bills, going to work, cleaning the house, bathing the kids …all of the very “ordinary,” everyday stuff that familes are made of. But none of it felt ordinary. Not one day. We were building something big!

This weekend, we’ll celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. And in those 18 years, we’ve done some extraordinary things — although maybe they only feel that way to us? Probably so.

So, what makes a life less ordinary? Well, I’m no expert, but I think that if you set your expectations high — like we did — you have a better chance of achieving an extraordinary life. That, and laughing — a lot.

And maybe, today, just the fact that we’re still together, still enjoying each other’s company, makes us less ordinary.

Happy anniversary, honey.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    January 13, 2010 2:17 pm

    What a beautiful way to honor this milestone. I should learn not to read your blog so early in the day — it’s too early for tears!

    Happy anniversary to you guys!

  2. Wendy permalink
    January 13, 2010 2:37 pm

    Awwww! Happy anniversary, you two!!!

  3. January 13, 2010 8:20 pm

    Gwen,
    I actually got chills of awwww when I read this piece. Congratulations and all the best to you both.

  4. Lorrie Staples-Ellis permalink
    January 14, 2010 1:46 am

    Awww, you two are so cute! As always, I love the article, Gwen.

  5. January 16, 2010 3:44 pm

    Awesome post. Getting married is easy, staying married requires a commitment to live a life less “ordinary”. Who wants to be ordinary anyway? Congrats on 18. My wife and I will be celebrating our 18th this August.

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