Saturday, November 06, 2010

Happy Anniversary Rich!


Dear Rich,
There were times last fall that I never thought this day would come:


In Mid-September, after your routine colonoscopy( who am i joking, those arent just routine, I know) our lives took a different course. All the sudden we were seated in a surgeon's office, and we even had a full APR ( look it up) scheduled for the following week. A procedure that would change your life and your style of living forever. But we were told it was the safest and best way to be sure we caught all the cancer in your lower colon. The little tumor was placed just in the wrong place to resect it, margins and all, and this was the best bet.

I am so glad we found a friend in Dr. Pemberton, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Despite shock... I never doubted that you would be ok. That is the truth. I had so much faith in the staff at Mayo, that I just knew that you would emerge 100% at some point, I just didnt know when. And as for lifestyle change, I knew you would make it work, WE would make it work. And we did.
I was glad to get you out of there so that your arm would eventually heal and the brusing and scar tissue from the coumadin shots bid would STOP! I think that may have been worse than anything!

When we decided to go ahead with the wedding on Nov 7, 2009 I was so excited. My parents, who were celebrating their 50th, were so excited. We now had THREE reasons to celebrate:
1) Our wedding
2) My mom and dad's 50th
3) Your successful surgery!

Lets do it. Lets call everyone, not send out invites ( not enough time), lets hope that we can find a place for the rehersal AND the reception dinner, and lets just not worry about who is coming. We know we are going to be there, and all the people that matter to us and if we run out of food, well...oh well. ( WE did!) We have cupcakes, that is all people want anyways:)





I have had the most love filled year as well, Rich. It is love not only from you, but from the friends that i now call my friends, and the family that I now call my family. The First Light group is not blood, but they are family, on or off the bike. The love and prayers we had from friends and family, and even people we dont know ( yes my blog friends, the one's you say " is that a virtual friend, or a real one?" hahaha)

First Light Family: ( named such bc they ride at insanely early hours, with insanely bright lights on their bikes)

And what worried you the most, I know, was our plans to honeymoon. We were not going to miss the honeymoon! NO WAY. When Dr. P said, go for it, I think we both melted into relaxation mode. How appropriate to send Dr. P proof that we were relaxing. Just happened to be on the BadKitty booze cruise to the BVI:) ha!

Painkillers? Yup, Doc, we got em.

I have never relaxed as much or had as much fun doing nothing, just being with you, ( and swimming around in the lovely water while you swam with sharks, ahem) and listening to the rain pound our "hut" and somehow drinking all the rum they gave us even tho i dont like rum. We will go back, and tho we met many couples celebrating their 20th or 40th anniversary, we vowed not to wait that long to go back. I will remind you of that:)



The first year of marriage has been a total touchdown! I am glad you agree:

Here's to the new season and ongoing love and fun. I love you Rich!
PS and I was so focused on US that i forgot to wish my parents, happy 51st wedding Anniversary! Wow, pretty amazing you two. Love you both!

18 comments:

Molly said...

SUPER sweet - happy anniversary, you two crazy kids!!!! Wishing you many more to come.

Jennifer Harrison said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to a great couple!!! ENJOY!!!!!!! :)

TriGirl Kate O said...

Many congratulations! So wish I could've been there on your special day. Much love and hugs to you both.
xoxo

Beth said...

LOVE this post Julia. Wishing you and Rich (and your parents too!) many, many more years of love and friendship.

Libby said...

awww, I'm totally teared up! you guys are awesome. congrats on one amazing year! I love that you were at ivan's, that was one of our first dates. we spent a couple days camping out there, heaven on earth!!!!!

Angela and David said...

Beautiful post! Happy anniversary!

ADC said...

Happy anniversary Rich and Julia. Wonderful, wonderful post.

cheryl said...

beautiful! happy anniversary!

Kim said...

AW JULIA! happy anniversary to you and rich. i love love!

Kim said...

Very very cute! Happy Anniversary to you both! I'm so happy for you that you found each other!! God Bless all your years to come together!!

Betsy said...

I'm a little teary eyed. Congrats on living an amazing year and for realizing the things that really matter in life!
Honestly - I'm so fed up with weddings that are all about the wedding. One's where the perfect invite and perfect food and perfect cupcakes take over the day. So props to you for keeping it real.

Melissa said...

Awwww...Happy Anniversary! What a sweet post.

Black Knight said...

Happy anniversary!!!! Beautiful beautiful post.

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

SOOO SWEET Julia!!!

Mer! said...

What a gorgeous post!! Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!!!

Heidi Austin said...

happy first anniversary! hope it was a good one :)

Damie said...

I LOVE this post.

SSB said...

I'm just catching up on blogs. I can't believe it's been a year. Wow. What a great post. Makes me really hope to meet you guys some day.