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Year One: In Retrospect.

The thought of Mike and I having only been together one year so far is absolutely mind-boggling. No one can seem to fathom it themselves. My parents were thinking two years, as was Angela at work. Honestly, it feels like seven or eight! Of course I mean that in the best way possible, but to think that Mike and I have only been living together for a year is pretty crazy. (Yes, for those of you who do not know... Mike and I practically moved in together the day we started dating!) Granted we had dated prior, so that probably helped, but everything just felt right.

I remember saying to my mom that I felt so much happier in the first three days with Mike than I did the entire three years with my previous boyfriend. So much has happened in our year together thus far. We moved in together, we celebrated our first Christmas and our first New Years, took a road trip to the mountains for our first Valentine's Day, subsequently suffered a camel bite on said V-Day trip [!!!] and laughed too hard in the emergency room, watched the entire Dexter series while eating veggie stirfry on our new couch, saw our very first movie together in theaters [and we still have every movie ticket ever!], lost everything we owned in the May floods, cried and grew from said tragedy, moved back in with my parents for the month prior to me moving to NYC, celebrated Georgia's first birthday, spent an entire summer battling the woes associated with long distance relationships, spent too much money in airfare between NYC and Nashville, had picnics in Central Park and skipped the big fireworks, experienced so many firsts, moved into our very own little townhouse [just us and Georgia!], decorated to our hearts content, thrifted until we looked like we lived in a Goodwill, roadtripped to Louisville to meet a fellow blogger-turned-wonderful-friend, roadtripped all around 5 states just to find a town to call home in the future [and to build a sandpig next to the Atlantic!], adopted a sweet new baby into our clan, graduated college and celebrated our first year together.

I can't imagine what the next fifty will entail! All I know is that I've never loved someone so much and I've never had someone love me as fiercely in return. Respect, honesty and integrity permeate our relationship and make it the stronger than I could have ever imagined. 



Mike,
I can't wait to live, learn, laugh, love, travel, create, and grow with you over the next many many years just as I have in this first one. You are truly the most remarkable person I have ever met and you inspire me every single day. I love you.
xo

If you'd like to read about how we came to be, please read Our Story!

I'll have more of a recap for you tomorrow! We were both pretty sickly and not feeling too hot all day but it was still very special. But now... we need to go watch Dexter! 

27 comments:

  1. ok, so yeah...you guys are the cutest!
    xo

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  2. Happy Anniversary!

    This was such a sweet post!

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  3. buhp! that's so sweet and precious.
    p.s. i like that you two kind of match in the polaroids

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  4. The top 2 pictures of you and Mike are soooooooooooo cute!

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  5. My boyfriend Derrick and I will be celebrating two years in two months (but we've known each other for a total of 7 years)! It's so amazing to look back at everything. I hope you guys get to feeling better!!

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  6. Awh, congratulations! I loved reading this - you guys are so sweet.

    X

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  7. Congratulations Kaelah and Mike! I love how open and honest you are about your relationship. It's inspiring to those who have yet to find such a strong love!


    I know how you feel- Dave and I are 4 months in and we're chomping at the bit to move in together! The first day we were in each other's arms I felt more comfortable than I had with my ex of 2 years ever.

    Sometimes when you know, you just know. You are truly blessed! Congratulations!

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  8. Congratulations! The first year is always so exciting! I wish you both a great second year! ♥

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  9. happy anniversary, sweet girl! & may i say, that pink hair of yours is stellar. you seriously look gorgeous!

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  10. congrants :) you guys are adorable.

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  11. yay! happy One Year. May there be many more.

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  12. That was adorable. There's nothing like having love in your heart like that. What luck that you have found each other:)

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  13. Congratulations and happy anniversary lovely people. Right is just right, it doesn't need to be defined by a period of time.

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  14. It was mine and my boyfriend's 2 year anniversary yesterday, unfortunately he's been ill all weekend so we sat in and watched TV and I made Lemsips for him :( We're hoping to have a re-anniversary next weekend though.
    Congratulations by the way!

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  15. Yay, happy anniversary!!! My husband and I jokingly tell people that he spent the night once and just never left and its actually pretty much true. And we weren't even dating yet, I just insisted he stay because it was 2 am and I didn't want him to drive. And then I never wanted him to leave, so that week we went out on our first actual date. Its actually great to hear we aren't the only two crazy people. :-) It's only been 2 + years for us, but at 1 year we got engaged and in june we got married because we know we never want to be apart. Many many wishes for awesome anniversaries to come! Love is the most important part of life.

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  16. Congratulations on being a couple for a year. that's a really a beautiful stepping stone.

    I feel like it was forever ago that I had my first anniversary with my husband when we were dating (we've been together for 10 years now. ..started dating a month before my 17th birthday).

    Hope you have loads more ahead of you both too.

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  17. Happy Anniversary!!!!!
    Hope you both feel better soon!!!
    xoxoxo

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  18. Happy Anniversary to you two! You're such a cute and goodlooking couple!

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  19. Congrats, Kaelah!! You and Mike are the cutest and I am so happy for you two.

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  20. aww it is soo cuuute. happy anni :)

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  21. Happy anniversary, Kaelah!! Congrats. Y'all *act* like y'all have been together for years and years, it's so sweet! :]

    XoXo,
    Kinsey

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  22. how funny! my husband & i moved in practically the first day we started dating as well! i'm still not sure how that came to be, but obviously it was the best one i've ever made!

    happy year one, pretty lady!

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