Kristie Smith's 25th Wedding Anniversary
January first marked AJ and my 25th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by taking a 9-day trip to St. Martin & St. Barths. It was so nice to getaway from the extreme cold here in Indiana.
The 25 years has gone by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday we exchanged vows in the middle of the second worst Chicagoland blizzard in the 20th century... after the Blizzard of 1967. We left the church in a one horse open sleigh and spent the next three days digging out of 26 inches of snow in order to make it on our honeymoon. I guess you could say that the massive shoveling was our first “outdoor project.” I can remember standing on the Bobcat trying to add weight to the bucket as AJ navigated.
The person you choose to marry is one of the single most important decisions you will ever make. I am so fortunate to and proud to be married to AJ, and it has been a true gift of joy, love, growth, fun and partnership. Ironically, at the same time our marriage has endured strife, conflict, pain and anger. There is no universal playbook for navigating the intricacies of marriage: a vulnerable, loving, yet complicated relationship. What I can tell you is to choose wisely and commit to a partner based on who they are on the inside.
The character of the man I married is so beautiful & I’m lucky to be Mrs. Smith.