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Six Years On…

It’s our sixth wedding anniversary this Sunday, and I don’t really have a gift for C. We’re still in Adelaide, which means my shopping options are limited, and erm, yes, I could have bought something online, but I honestly couldn’t quite think of a good gift this time round. To be fair, I asked C to check the date on Sunday, and he kept insisting that he didn’t know what the date was, until I reminded him that it was our wedding anniversary. It’s not that he doesn’t know WHEN we got married, it’s just that we both didn’t realise that our anniversary date had snuck up so quickly on us! Anyway, he has since booked a nice meal for us on Sunday, and I’m really looking forward to that.

My gift to him this year, will be this post. Doesn’t cost a cent, but it’s priceless, right? 😉 Anyway, since I’m not earning any money, whatever I buy for him will actually be more like him buying his own gift… (Yes, I’m making excuses. We buy gifts for each other whenever we come across something we think the other would like, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be an anniversary or a birthday to get gifts for the love of your life, does it?)

Every now and then, I like to look through our wedding photos, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite shots.

Pre-wedding photos 



We loved these next two shots so much that we couldn’t decide which one to use on our church wedding invites, and ended up having two different designs. 


When she received the invite, my ex-colleague pointed out that our heads, together with my arm, form a heart shape. I didn’t even notice that! 


We were very blessed to have C’s ex-colleague as our unofficial photographer on that day, and I think we ended up liking her photos more than the ones that our official photographer took. It was also great that she was able to capture the preparations at C’s place, as usually, the wedding photographer starts his day at the bride’s place, and no one really sees what goes on at the groom’s side.

C and his merry band of brothers, before they set off for my place.

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One of the gatecrash games was that each of the guys had to juggle the hockey ball a number of times, before passing it to another groomsman. I love how the photographer managed to capture this shot perfectly, with the ball just slightly up in the air, above the stick. 

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The guys all had to get parts of their faces pegged if C was unable to answer some questions. He clearly got a lot of them wrong! 


The guys were very proud of themselves for being able to keep some of the angpows. 

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Love the detail on my wedding gown. 

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To have and to hold. 

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The wedding march. Our pageboy had a panic attack, and ran off before he made it down the aisle, which explains why he’s behind the flower girls instead. Haha. 


Sharing a laugh during the ceremony. 


Sealed with a kiss!


I also love re-watching our wedding video montage, and can’t wait for Noah to be old enough to enjoy watching it with us too.

Our wedding video montage 

We wrote our own wedding vows, and I sang a song as part of my vows. I would love to put our wedding vows here, but I know that C would prefer if I didn’t, so I’ll put the lyrics to the song up instead.

If You Could See What I See (Hear it on YouTube

All of my life, I have dreamed That somehow love would find me. Now, I can’t believe you’re standing here. If beauty is all in the eye Of the beholder then I, Wish you could see the love for you that lives in me.

And you would know you have my heart,  If you could see, what I see;  That a treasure’s what you are,  If you could see what I see;  Created to be, the only one for me;  If you could see what I see. 

I know there are days when you feel so much less than ideal, wondering what I see in you It’s all of the light and the grace You’re belief in me drives me to say That I promise you, a faithful love forever true.

And you would know you have my heart, If you could see, what I see; That a treasure’s what you are, If you could see what I see; Created to be, the only one for me; If you could see …. 

Then you’d understand Why I fall down to my knees; And I pray my love will be worthy of The One who gave His life so our love could be. If you could see, what I see. If you could see what I see: You’re created to be the perfect one for me, If you could see what I see.

If beauty is all in the eye, Of the beholder then I, am beholding, true beauty.

Six years on, plus six years of courtship before our wedding, and I must say it really doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. To be honest, most things haven’t changed at all. For example, we’re still huge TV addicts. Back when we were dating, we spent a lot of time watching ‘Friends’ (it was still on air then), and now, we watch even more shows together, even though we usually have to wait till Noah is asleep.

We’ve had our ups and downs, of course, and parenting the little one has taken over almost all of our time together, but I’m really thankful for all of our shared experiences. After all, these experiences, and how we deal with them, make us who we are as a couple. Love isn’t easy, and as I’ve learnt, it also isn’t about trying to change your husband’s habits, because believe me, I’ve tried and failed to do that. I just have to close one eye (or both), take a deep breath, and remind myself that there are more important things to focus on. And I know for sure that he does the same with me! We do and say lots of silly things, laugh at/with each other, and I think that’s probably why it really hasn’t felt like we’ve been together for 12 years.

Thank you, dear, for all that you do. I’m not going to be all mushy and list down all the things I love about you, because that’s going to take too long. I will, however, end with a line from my wedding vows:

What makes me sure that I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is the fact that I can’t imagine spending a day without you in my life. 

Happy sixth anniversary, dear. I love you, and I look forward to many more wonderful years together, as promised to us by God, in our wedding verse:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  – Jeremiah 29:11 

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