On June 14th, Gabe and I celebrated our five year anniversary. Like most people, we always do something special on the day of our anniversary, but we figured five is a big enough number to spend some money on something noteworthy to commemorate the event. On the count of three, Gabe and I both shouted out ideas. The first word that came out of my mouth was kayaking, and Gabe, of course, said a spa day. I know, I know, our relationship is so backwards. I should be the one watching chick flicks and asking for a day at the spa, but it's the opposite and it works. Gabe found an all day spa and hot springs in the mountains south of Los Angeles, and let me tell you, it was an excellent choice; extremely relaxing and we had a lot of fun!
Being married for five years really isn't that long when you compare it to my parents who have been married for 35 years, but I feel like we have both grown so much in those five years. Gabriel and I are very different people, who have very different thought processes. When we first got married, there were times when it got in the way, but once we started to realize how different we were, we kind of started to embrace it. Gabe is a dreamer, an artist, and a person who goes with the flow of life. I, on the other hand, am very organized, cautious, you could say a pessimist, and I am completely incapable of just going with the flow. I toss a little order into Gabe's life and Gabe helps me to relax and be open to new things. Every couple, including ourselves, has the occasional debate, but in these short five years, we have learned to mold our two very different personalities into a relationship that works, and it works pretty well might I add. I can truly say that Gabe has made me a better person. He has taught me to be humble, respect other peoples beliefs and cultures, as well as forgive easily.
Since we have become parents, I am constantly grateful for Gabe and the influence he is in Anniston's life. He influences her to dream big and see the beauty in everyday life. We continue to grow together as we make time for one another and put God and family first in our lives. Our love for one another just keeps increasing, and I look forward to many more years with these two cuties.