October 4, 2011

White Dog settled the WDA around us and then hopped up on the bed. "It is momma and dad's Got Each Other Day," she announced and then dove into Steve with a loving head butt. The others looked a bit confused so we shifted around to be able to hold everyone and I explained.

Thirty-one years ago in the freezing frost-painted forest in rural Michigan under wildly flapping handmade banners and wrapped in specially composed music much younger versions of us were surrounded by friends and family as we looked lovingly into each other's eyes (OK, there was a bit of terror, there, too)and promised to be connected--heart, head, body, and soul for evermore.

The journey since then has been one we have shared. It has been bumpy at times; scary, too. Harder work than we could have imagined. We have been tested and bruised; challenged and pushed to our limits. But we have always had each other and we have persevered and I would not alter one step of our course.

The road has also offered adventure, and surprises and wonder that took our breaths away. The joys and blessings have been bountiful and thankfully the Universe has been kind.

Every second of our time together has helped us to grow and our love has deepened as we have become the momma and dad that cuddle you now. You, Siku Marie, Mighty Quinn, Nuka Angel, Puff the Magical, YoYoMa and even Michael, are here as a result of that long ago Gotcha Day; for on that day we were launched on a rendezvous that would make us all a family. So today we celebrate US...all of us...and family...and always, love.

Steve had the perfect final words (after he kissed me until the pups got restless), "Bacon for breakfast?"


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Happy Gotcha Day!

Perhaps it should have been bakhon breakfast takhos!

Here's to many many more Gotcha Days!


ra husky said...

Happy husky wooooos! And an extra slice of bacon all around!!

RA, Isis & nuknuk

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, yes, Happy Day!!! Enjoy, celebrate, and we're with RA, extra bacon!!!

Asta said...

Happy Gotcha each othew Day to youw wondewful pawents Siku Marie, Mighty Quinn, Nuka Angel, Puff the Magical, YoYoMa and even Michael,

The magicla thing that makes a happy family is stawted aways wif tow who pledge theiw heawts and minds to each othew..you awe all lucky( as I am) to have be pawt of a family of love and nevew giving up, no mattew what life thwows at you..the bond is stwong and twoo and makes fow the most happy of lives
Congwatulations and many many may may mowe healthy happy yeaws all togethew
smoochie kisses
ASTA and Mommi and Daddi ( who all belive in twoo love)

Amber DaWeenie said...

Happy Gotcha Day to da peeps! It sounds so magical. Mom and Dad used to live in Michigan. I bet it was beautiful.

KB said...

I love that you call it "Gotcha Day"! You described a marriage absolutely perfectly. The terror, the love, and the many bumps. But, the main thing is that you completely trust each other... and that makes it work, at least in my humble experience.

After a particularly depressing doc appt yesterday, promising more surgery and travails, all "the Runner" said to me was "you know that I'll always be by your side, no matter what". It's amazing to hear those words and have no question that they're true. It sounds like you have a similar marriage.

Thirty-one years. Wow! Celebrate!!!!! We're all celebrating for you!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy Gotcha Day to you and Steve and may you be blessed with many more anniversaries of that special day.

We are in tears here after reading KB's words.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

24 Paws of Love said...

Happy Gotcha Day! Isn't it amazing the way our lives come together and then blossoms into even more?

We just shared our 12 year anniversary. So wonderful looking back where we have been and always wondering what lies ahead.

Mr. Pip said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day!!! We loved this post - thanks so much for sharing!

Your pal, Pip

P.S: Got your comment about the tacos, I will be on the first plane out tomorrow morning. Yummy!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Gocha Day
Thank you for sharing this beautiful post,,,
We admire you all

Ginger Jasper said...

It is so obvious for any of us that read your posts that the love you share is still as good now as then . Many loving good wishes for many more happy years together. Hugs and love GJ xx

Mack said...

Happy Gotcha each other day!!
Here's to many many more wonderful years together!

Mack & Mom

Brian said...

Happy Gotcha Day to your Mom and Dad!!!

Remington said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a great life together....bonds are made much stronger with a few bumps in the road....enjoy the day, my friends!

The Bleu said...

No sweeter words were every spoken! Happy Anniversary!!!

Wishing you many many more Gotcha Days to come with love from The Bleu... and Reufus, of course

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Sue and Steve! We love you both, and wish you many, many more blessed anniversaries together. :)

Sagira said...

Happy Belated Gotcha day! :)