-Side note: Quick shout out. The amazing photos throughout this post come from my photographer Kelsey Jean Photography. You can contact her at 608-214-5357 or email@example.com. Give her Facebook page a like while your at it too. Do it!
I'll be honest and say dating for years and years is not always something I saw the bright side of. When everyone around you dates for a year or two and gets married and you've been together for way longer than anyone you know and aren't married, it can be a little tough. But the thing about being a high school sweethearts is that you literally grow up together. You go through petty high school dramas, moving out of the house, getting careers, homes, etc. That's a lot of changes! Most people get married a year or two into a relationship and have to weave their way through these new aspects of life and new aspects of a person. We got to go through a lot of that before getting married. We've gone through ups and downs, figuring out life...you know, typical life problems.
Don't get me wrong, I know things will still come up the rest of our lives and things won't always be rainbows and butterflies, but having dated so long, I feel like that experience makes you pretty strong since you've already hashed out a lot of problems. I'm in no way saying high school sweethearts or long term relationships before marriage are in any way superior to anyone else's. I'm saying, for me personally, having the chance to work through so much before getting married, worked for me and made us stronger. I also realize, it isn't the case or circumstance for everyone. Everyone's story is different and I just want to share ours with you.
And let me tell you...as soon as I came to the acceptance that I was perfectly happy and didn't need marriage...we had a house, cat, dog, and a stronger relationship than ever..we got engaged! It was the last thing I expected. We had just gone through a small home renovation. If you've done any home renovation you know it's stressful and takes quite a bit of teamwork. I don't know if this experience is what triggered Aaron (my husband) to get engaged, but whatever it was, I'll be forever grateful for. Because even though I accepted the possibility of not ever getting married, being married has brought us even closer.
I always joke that it's a miracle Aaron hung on to me so long since he likes to trade things in pretty regularly....4-wheeler, dirt bike, house, truck, etc. Well he's hung onto this last 4-wheeler for quite awhile so it must rank well too. He always shrugged off other people's questions about marriage, so when he asked me to marry him (with cupcakes!) my first response was shock and I said "since when??" And then of course I said yes!
Warning! Mushy picture ahead. Couldn't help but share this one. I feel like Kelsey and sun flares have become a thing for our photos. And I love them!
Even if he's not there to physically help me, he's always there emotionally. Whenever I have a long day, stressful event, or doubt myself...he's there. (And of course he's there to taste test new cupcakes) On a more serious note, I honestly don't know how I could stay sane without him. I've taken on a lot in the past couple of years and he has always been nothing but supportive. He has literally let me chase my dream. It is scary to start a business, especially financially, but he believes in me...so he never shows any fear or doubt. Him having my back is a huge key to Steph's Sweet Treats continuing to be a success.
Warning! Another mushy picture below. But it's another sun flare so I had to share. Plus I added a few more photos from our one year anniversary session since Kelsey does such great work!
Thanks for reading my mushy blog post everyone and thank you for another week of orders! I hope to see you all at my open day Friday!