I cannot believe it has been eight years since I married my husband- the time has gone so quickly and it makes me realise how much we have been through together.
We were married at Elizabeth House in Christchurch, which unfortunately was demolished after the earthquakes. It was a beautiful day, and I loved our photos in the Botanical Gardens. I always enjoy looking back at our video and photos, as some of the guests are no longer with us and it makes those moments much more special.
We have travelled together around the South Island, although since my husband is a bit of a homebody we haven't been overseas together (yet!) and prefer to drive to little known locations.
My husband and I were always under the impression that we wouldn't be able to have children, so imagine our surprise when our first son came along in December 2009! I saw a new side to my husband- the caring, tender side and his gentle touch were such a help as I was recovering from a traumatic birth and a C-section.
Two and a half years later, our second son came along to complete our family. Once again, Malcolm stepped up to the plate and took on more parenting duties, and we found out the real meaning of sleepless nights and toilet training dramas!
We have certainly had our share of ups and downs as far as 'in sickness and in health' vows, with my body rebelling against most medical treatments. I underwent numerous investigations, surgeries and hospital admissions, and most recently Malcolm had to take over my duties as I was in hospital for half of January. Now that I also have a diagnosis of Coeliac disease, we are facing new challenges together and modifying our lifestyle.
Of course, it hasn't all been serious. We both get a bit goofy at times, and one of the best parts about being married to Malcolm is that he knows how to make me laugh. We still act like big kids at times!
Meeting Malcolm was the best thing that has happened to me. He has given me two adorable boys, he knows how to cheer me up, and every now and then he does something that reminds me how lucky I am.
Here's to eight years, and I hope to celebrate many more.