Girl meets boy. Girl is working at a leadership retreat and boy is participating in the retreat with a busload of people he took from his city. Boy and girl don't have any pictures together there, but they became friends, talked for hours and exchanged emails and phone calls.
Boy and girl live far apart, but girl loves boy's city and decides to move. Yes, she's a bit crazy. A few months later boy and girl start feeling... well, those weird things people feel when they start realizing that that person makes them feel differently then all the rest.
Girl freaked out a bit and they spent some time talking feelings out... and a while later (though she was still a bit scared) they started dating. Seriously. On June 19, 2005. A lot happened in these past 7 years.
They were so serious about dating that 10 days later they were talking marriage. They scheduled it for 1 year later, called girl's parents and girl's dad went in to protective dad mode and said something along the lines of: Shouldn't you think about this some more? Boy and girl thought, and discovered that the church they were getting married in would go through construction work, so they rescheduled... for 3 months earlier. That added up to 9 months dating before the big day.
Boy and girl got engaged with a very fun party in girl's hometown. Boy is such an amazing guy that everyone loved him at the spot. He's kind of hard not to love. Yes, girl is very much in love with him and thinks he hangs the moon.
Boy and girl decorated a new apartment, planned a wedding and had some fun in those 9 months. Girl constantly had moments of: Oh, my goodness!!! This is my best friend I´m going to marry. Surreal!
The big day arrived and with friends and family present Boy&Girl became a respectable boring married couple. Well, scratch out the respectable and boring, but married stays.
They've filled these 7 years with a lot of travel, friends, fun, games, photos, apartments, houses (they've lived in 6 places so far), conversation and laughter.
Florianópolis - 2006
1 year anniversary - 2007
Fall in the park - 2008
Girl likes to talk. Boy is a superb listener. - 2009
Aaaah.... girl really is in love. - 2009
Boy is a great uncle. - 2010
Gramado - 2010
Denver - 2010
Tiradentes - 2010
Starting the new house - 2010
London - 2011
USA - 2011
USA (Girl LOVES Mickey) - 2011
Foz do Iguaçu - 2012
7 years. It blows my mind. Is it crazy that I´m more in love than I was 7 years ago? Is it crazy that this man was my best friend, but somehow these 7 years have made him such a best friend that it seems like what we had was just being buddies compared to this. Is it crazy that I can´t imagine anyone else doing life with me?
Maybe it is. Maybe it´s just plain blessed. Every relationship has ups and downs, good and bad days. Life has difficulties and problems and frustrations and that's just how it is. But when you look back and the downs, the bad, the difficulties, problems and frustrations are not the first things that come to mind, when you look back and all the good is much, much more abundant than the bad... it´s a kind of magic.
I am blessed. I still have a boyfriend who loves me, who wants to spend time with me, do life with me, work out the kinks with me. And we laugh... every single day. We deal with life as it comes... every single day.
7 years... wow. It flew by!