A Letter to My Newlywed Self


Blog Every Day in May Prompt Day 14 | 10 Things That Make You Really Happy

Here's 1 thing making me very happy today: 
My Anniversary

[May 14, 2011]
|Wedding Photography by Kristen Edwards|
Dear Amanda,

You just got married. 

You're dancing with your friends and eating your vanilla cupcakes (good choice on that, by the way), and it's perfect.

Your honeymoon is going to be lots of fun. Just make sure you eat something before you get in the car for the seven-hour drive to Fredericksburg, because you won't pass any fast food restaurants in the middle of Texas country, and you and Jordan are going to get hungry and grouchy and have your first official married fight right around lunchtime.

Don't worry, though, you'll make it there and back just fine.

Then the real fun starts, because you're going to live with a boy. 

You're going to live in that apartment for at least 3 years, so settle in. I know you want to buy a house, and it's going to be hard to watch all your friends buy houses and fill them with new furniture and get to paint the walls. But just be patient. At least your downstairs neighbors are nice, even if they do think Jordan's name is Justin.

It's not going to be easy being married. Jordan's going to do things that annoy you, but here's some news: you're not such a treat either sometimes. 

Oh you don't believe me? Well, you'll see.

Sometimes you're going to go to bed angry with each other even though everyone says not to. But it's going to be okay; you just need a little space, and in the morning you'll wake up with a new perspective that makes whatever you were mad about seem silly.
You're going to lose your job in two years, so appreciate it while you have it. And Jordan is really supportive about it even though you feel like a loser. 

In two years, you'll love him even more than you do now. You're rolling your eyes at me, but it's true. He's a hard worker and a reliable, trustworthy husband, and he loves you a lot. More than you realize sometimes. 

He's not going to pick up his clothes or help with the dishes very much, and he hates doing laundry. But he'll tell you he loves you fifteen times a day and give you kisses just because. And he'll be happy to help if you ask, so don't be stubborn about it. 
He'll take care of you when you get sick and wake up early to cheer you on when you run your first marathon. And you'll cook him fish for dinner even though you don't like it and watch his softball games and take him to the doctor when his allergies get out of control. 

It's going to be hard, but it's also going to be the most fun you've ever had in your life.

Are you ready?
Get set.

Yourself in 2 years

Ashley said...

Great pics!

Yesi @ Plan With Yesii said...

Happy Anniversary! Those pictures are amazing! You two are the cutest ♥

Venassa said...

Sounds like you two are great together. I can't wait to get married someday :)

Melissa said...

HAPPY HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I love everything about this post, and I'm bookmarking it to remind myself to do something similar when we have an anniversary.

Unknown said...

Awww! Really sweet. Happy Anniversary.

LeAnna said...

LOVE THIS. And pssshhh, you don't need me to take pics, these are AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! Happy anniversary!! How exciting. I love the pictures... all of them. You are so so so pretty and you two make quite a handsome pair :) I love that letter. It speaks the truth of marriage... that good, bad, and funny. Going to bed angry just has to happen sometimes, but yes, the morning is always, always better!! Lovely post, Amanda!!

Jamie said...

Happy anniversary!! I love this post...so sweet! :)

Unknown said...

hahah. This sounds like a letter I would write to my married self but we haven't been married for two years yet... or even one. July come sooner! My husband has the horrible allergies. If we are both hungry and grouchy we get into fights. My husband also does not do anything related to laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc.

Btw I LOVE your hair in these pictures!

Cortney said...

what a heart touching post.. I am such a nerd and love love more than the average person. I love all the wedding pics and then your 2 years pic. Happy anniversary!!

Miss Jewells said...

I love those photos - and this post!

I totally agree about going to bed angry. Everyone tells you never to do it, but sometimes it's just what we need. We both wake up in the morning, the anger having eased overnight, and appreciate the fresh perspective and desire to say "I'm sorry" and move on. Love that I'm not the only one!

Poke The Rock said...

happy anniversary! This would be so great if you actually could send yourself letters.

Love the pictures!

Emily said...

Happy Anniversary! Today is our anniversary too, 8 years!

Anonymous said...

Aww, this is so sweet! Happy anniversary!

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Happy happy 2 year! What a sweet letter to yourself :)

Mimsie said...

I love this post. Happy #2, and many more blessed years together.

Unknown said...

This is so sweet! As a newlywed it made me tear up a little! I'm diffidently going through some of the things you mentioned. I'm a new follower, and a fellow okie! :)


Saba said...

I love cupcakes too (in response to your "I love comments more than I love cupcakes, which is a lot.")

I digress. I loved your letter to yourself. I've been married for 3.5 years and boy do you learn *so* much despite thinking it'll be the same as "before".

Thank you :)



Laura Morgan said...

Aww! I love this!

Laura Morgan said...

Aww! I love this!

Curly Pink Runner said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Unknown said...

love this! happy (late) anniversary! and i love your 2 yr pics too! :)