1,825-Day Anniversary

We have some exciting news to share:  Missy and I are celebrating our five year anniversary!  Five years ago today we were busy saying our “I do’s” and scarfing Hickory Park at our reception together with friends and family.  Oh, and technically five years is 1,826.21099 days… but you get my drift.

What a journey it’s been.  Look here:  this is the very first picture that we took together when we met in the summer of 2000…more than ten years ago now.  Who would’a thought?!

Our first picture.

Love, marriage, and children weren’t even twinkles in our eyes yet.  Now look at us (our most “recent” family picture from Easter…we need to update}!

Family Photo

‘Nuff said.

There are a lot of little details about a person that one would only know of by living with them day in and day out over a long period of time.  To me, five years qualifies as a “long period of time.”  For better or worse, I have a laundry list of quirks that Missy puts up with daily, and honestly there are times when I wouldn’t blame her if she ran for the hills.  Luckily for me, she’s stuck it out (so far).

Missy, on the other hand, is practically perfect in every way.  That said, she too has her own set of intricacies that everyone might not know that make her who she is.  So in honor of Missy and I celebrating five whole years of marriage together, here are five fun facts about my bride that you might not know {and for the record, I wouldn’t change any of them}:

  1. She loves potato chips.  But not just any chip will do…the chip must be folded over onto itself.  Then, if possible, folded onto itself again creating a “chip wedge.”  She will root through the entire bag just to find these salty delicacies.
  2. She sleeps in a nest.  Not a nest of sticks and grass, of course, but a nest of pillows.  She uses one oversized pillow to rest her head and two full-length body pillows to form the sides.  Once she is in the nest, it’s best not to disturb.
  3. She absolutely, cannot stand the feel of raw, unglazed pottery.  You know…the kind you pot plants in.  It makes her skin crawl.  If she must handle it, she will go out of her way to find gloves to use.
  4. Calling Missy a sweet tooth would be an understatement.  There is always a box or bag of candy within reach, and she doesn’t discriminate when it comes to treats.  Chocolate, sweet, or baked goods…Missy loves them all.  Other than carrying triplets and giving birth, giving up sweets this past Lent was probably the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.  OK…so probably not, but I’m sure that it was close.  {FYI…there currently is a box of Gobstoppers next to The Nest}.
  5. She likes three types of movies: romance, comedy, and romantic comedies.  Although she makes occasional exceptions for movies like the Twilight Saga and Harry Potter (but only parts One and Four), you will win her heart if you bring over the latest Judd Apatow production.  However, she will still gladly watch my “boy movies” with a smile on her face; once she even watched all three Lord of the Rings {Extended Edition} movies back-to-back-to-back on the same day {keeper}.  Oh, and when it comes to TV shows, all conversations start and end with  The Office.

Now how about one more to grow on:

  1. In my opinion, she is the most caring, loving, warm, friendly, outgoing, kind, and amazing wife any guy could ever ask for.  She’s a beer and wings type girl…with a side of fancy when there needs to be…and I LOVE that about her.  She makes me laugh, smile, and forget about life’s worries when nobody else can.  Oh, and she’s an incredible mother, too…but you guys already knew that 😉

Our marriage is and has been constantly evolving.  We’ve been through the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows together, and we’re better and stronger for it.  We’re each always putting the other first.  Loving God and loving our families aren’t just words or motions for us…they are something we strive to show daily.  We’ve made a lifetime worth of memories together…yet it’s “only” been five years!

Newly Weds!

Still one of my all-time favorites from our wedding day.  It’s like we’re setting off on a journey into the world together for the first time…boy, if we only knew what awaited us!

Perhaps our journey has made us wise beyond our years, perhaps not…but we feel that we have a lot to share with those willing to listen.  So here are five tips we’ve learned and would like to let you in on that make our marriage more awesome:

  1. Live well.  We only get one chance at this…make it count.  Live intentionally.  If you feel like going out, go out.  If you feel like staying in your PJ’s for the entire weekend, sleeping in, watching movies, and ordering take out, do that too (‘cause when you have kids, you won’t be able to anymore).  If you feel like getting on an airplane to spend a week with a girl that you met at a high school youth gathering but lives 1,000 miles away…well, all I will say is:  trust your instincts.
  2. Laugh often.  I could post an entire blog on this tip alone…but let me just say this:  I was a different person before I met Missy.  She has helped me laugh, helped me smile, and more importantly:  helped me not be so hard on myself and others.  Personally, I’m still learning, but as a general rule…don’t take yourselves too seriously.  {We’re in our late twenties and own a Minivan!  What isn’t funny about that?!}
  3. Travel far.  Missy and I have been blessed to see the world together and have grown very fond of traveling and exploring this planet of ours with each other {so much so that we’ve devoted an entire page to document our endeavors}.  Although the suitcases have remained in storage as of late, we hope that one day soon we will be able to revive our passion and pass our love of travel onto our girls, teaching them that there is so much more to see than what is outside our own windows.
  4. Hug it Out.  Not going to bed angry is pretty much a must with us, as it should be in any marriage.  I can count on one hand the number of arguments that have lasted more than a day…and neither of us have ever spent the night on the couch (unless sick or suffering from temporary insomnia).  If there is an argument, do your best to resolve it before you crawl into bed together for the night.
  5. And finally, this one is pretty self explanatory…

Our number one piece of advice to you.

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

6 thoughts on “1,825-Day Anniversary

  1. 1. I never knew that about the folded potato chips. Sounds awesome.
    2. Ahh, yes. I also once endured the three EXTENDED-LENGTH Lord of the Rings movies in one day. Missy and I should start a support group.
    3. I love your last piece of advice. 🙂

    Happy anniversary!!!

      • I LOVE lord of the rings!!!

        They are back in theaters now one at a time! the first one was last tuesday(yes, i went), but the second is the next tuesday and the third is the one after that! maybe i’ll see ya there! haha

  2. HAPPY HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!!!! And a happy birthday to Aunt Jeanne in Hagerstown too!! May God continue to bless you all today and for many, many years to come.
    Aunt Barb

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