3 years.

Yesterday the Cpl and I celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary. On that day, counting training and deployments we have been physically together exactly 1.5 years and we have been away from each other for 1.5 years. There is no “woe is me” to be had here — it’s a lifestyle and we learned to live it. Still, when we’re together, it feels like we’ve only been married for a minute. When we’re apart it feels like we’ve been married for lifetimes. So for fun, I thought I’d do a reality check on the last three years — to show how long that really can be.

-Three years ago in August, Pintrest was not a popular website for women to go through when they are planning weddings (insert the “woe is me” — maybe I would have been more organized if I’d had one)

– Three years ago Instagram wasn’t a popular app. — How did I ever record my life?

-Three years ago my youngest sister was no where close to college.

-Three years ago I only had one nephew (who was the most adorable ring bearer ever at 1 year old)

-Three years ago Obama was still only halfway through his first term

– Three years ago Osama Bin Ladin was still alive and “Seal Team Six” were some words no one knew or would understand

– Three years ago “The Sweet Smith” wasn’t in existence to anyone but my family (now the company does weddings and showers and sends goodies all over the country.)

-Three years ago nationalism was still optional in my mind.

-Three years ago I think we were still on the Iphone 3 — not even 3g

-Three years ago I didn’t know a single person with a Nook or Kindle

-Three years ago “blu-ray” was just the more expensive DVD (now half of our movie shelf is of course on board)

I feel like we’ve come a long way.
The most exciting thing to me this year is that instead of starting another year “half here– half gone”, in about 9 days the Cpl and I are starting a brand new life. A life that most of you know better than we could. Next Sunday we will be leaving this post as military man and wife and coming home, where we will begin as just Hannah and Lane. Two average people filled with the simple joy that we never have to be apart for anything if we don’t choose to be.

After all of this is said and done — it will be really hard to take for granted that Lane is just my husband, we are just married, and no government has anything to do with our relationship evermore.

Solo Dio Gloria
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