To You…

June 28, 2013 at 5:30 AM 16 comments

Guest blogger: Graham handyman Graham
For those who don’t know, today is Kate and my 5th wedding anniversary. Pretty big deal, right? And, since Kate often writes posts for other people, of which I have been a frequent beneficiary, I thought that it was about time to write a post about her. Quick thanks to Allie for helping me sneak this on here without Kate knowing about it… Here is hoping that she actually goes on to her blog to check!
The happy day in 2008:
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As you may know, life hasn’t always been kind over the last five years as we have faced our fair share of hardship since we got married back in 2008. From having to do long distance for the first few months of our marriage because Don was sick to Don dying to the grief that followed to dealing with infertility problems for a year and a half – it was tough at times. By no means am I complaining though. Despite all of that heartache, travesty and pain that we have had to endure, it has still easily been the best five years of my life. That, friends, is all due to this lady:
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You see, life is always fun around Kate. Her laugh is infectious and hyper Kate is always entertaining:
Being silly is a requirement:
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And for those who haven’t seen her dance? You are missing out. Her ability to spaz on a dance floor is second to none. Well, maybe second to her mom. Maybe. Actually no. The student has officially become the master.
Example #1 (Kate teaching them young):
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Example #2 (I think the arm pointing on the right of the picture must be someone in awe seeing it for the first time):
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Spontaneity and adventure are staples in our life. It is one of the things I love about her most. Never a dull moment…
From Croatia:
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To Mexico:
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But Kate is more than just fun. She is THE most supportive person I know. Not only is she gracious enough to laugh at my stupid jokes, but she always knows when to provide the shoulder to lean on. And family is always the most important thing on her list. There is no one more selfless. Oh yeah, and for a non-sports lover, she also has become a DIE HARD 49er fan. She is loving and smart!
We spend a lot of time together but it is never enough. Take Sundays as an example. Sundays are kind of our thing. We try not to schedule anything else if possible so we can make it just our little family’s day. It is the best. But, and there is always a but, as the day is ending, it is so bittersweet knowing we have to wait 5 days until the next weekend. Simply put, life is just better being married to Kate and I love being around her.
A couple of gratuitous photos before moving on. Photos are Kate’s favorite thing…
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So, now that you have gotten a glimpse into the past five years, you may be wondering, “what could be better than being married to Kate?” Great question but an easy answer. Watching her as a mother. When Kate walks into the room, guess whose eyes are on the prize? Josie’s. It is like her mom is a magnet. Plus, all of the things that make Kate a great wife and person are even more amplified when you watch her do them with our little girl. One of the most unexpected but nicest things about having a child has been watching her as a parent. It is truly awe inspiring.
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Good use of child as prop – gratuitous sunglasses photo:
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So Kate, on our anniversary, I wanted to let you know that despite having a marriage front loaded with a lot of heartache, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. You have shown me that out of every hardship there is good to be found if you look hard enough. Watching you make new friends, create this blog, build a thriving business, be a wonderful daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother – that sure is a lot to celebrate. So, until we toast us tonight at dinner, here is to you. Thank you and I can’t wait to keeping living the rest of my life with you.

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Josie’s Nursery Reveal Five Years Ago…

16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dmm  |  June 28, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Wow! A tribute worth savoring from a man completely in love with his wife and his life. . . inspiring. Reminds me of a favorite saying, “The best gift a Father can give his Children is to love their Mother.” -Rilke

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  • 2. Kristina  |  June 28, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    Beautiful post! Happy anniversary!

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  • 3. Kate Belchers  |  June 28, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Wow!! Tears of joy and gratitude. What a wonderful amazing husband you are!! To you and all the Sundays we have to come.

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  • 4. betsey Bailey  |  June 28, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Happy Anniversary! What a sweet post, and a sweet husband to surprise you!!

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  • 5. Ashley  |  June 28, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Awwww, you two (now three) are adorable. Happy anniversary! To many, many more years of Sundays to come!

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  • 6. Allie  |  June 28, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Congratulations on your first blog post Mr. Belchers! You’re a natural, nicely done. And Happy Anniversary to my two favorite love birds !

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  • 7. theLG  |  June 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Well it turns out you were a romantic, all this time. Or maybe that’s another of Miss Kate’s amazing talents – teasing it out of you. Huge congratulations to you both. Beautiful post, Graham, and beautiful life, all of you. HUGE kisses from us…

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  • 8. Don  |  June 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Well done. Congratulations to you both

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  • 9. josepepon  |  June 28, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Nice one Graham. You two are well matched. Congratulations on five years.

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  • 10. bridget  |  June 28, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    How utterly sweet and romantic! And you could not find a more deserving lady. Joe and I love being parents right along side you even more than we loved being a couple along side you. You are perfect together and so wonderful with Josie. Love all 3 of you SO much, happy anniversary!!

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  • 11. Miles  |  June 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Congrats to 5 years!! Your wedding day seems like just yesterday. Well done Graham.

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  • 12. J  |  June 28, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Congrats on 5 years guys! Well done, G, you big softie.

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  • 13. Glynnis Hayward  |  June 28, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Congratulations on 5 years and a wonderful blog. Good job both of you – but where are the photos?

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  • 14. Pete  |  June 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Nice Job Graham. Well played sir. Congrats to both of you. Add this to the list of things to celebrate at the family reunion. Not that this clan ever needed reasons to celebrate.

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  • 15. Alex M  |  June 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Happy Happy Anniversary to you both! What a lucky girl Josie is to have such wonderful parents! xoxo

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  • 16. Mom  |  June 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    WONDERFUL JOB GRAHAM AND CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 5 YEARS. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

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