Happy Anniversary + Transformation Tuesday
It just so happens that our anniversary this year falls on Transformation Tuesday, so we will pair them together as they kind of fit nicely together.
Joe and I are celebrating our 8th anniversary today. HOW HAS IT BEEN EIGHT YEARS!?! For those of you who don’t know, Joe and I met at church and he asked me to sushi afterwards. Well, six short weeks after that he proposed. It was a whirlwind, but my parents shockingly said yes when he asked for my hand. Maybe because they met on a blind date on a Tuesday and my dad asked her to marry him that Thursday with a flower ring. I guess like mother, like daughter?!?
His proposal is a little bit crazy. Kind of one that is of the movies. I was on the last leg of my flight coming from LA to Chicago. The flight attendant came over the intercom and said “Is there a Meg Robinson on this flight?” Obviously, I pushed the button. Then he said, “There is a man named Joe Piercy on bended knee at the airport asking will you marry me?” I was so excited, but what was I supposed to do? I was in a seat with a large man sitting next to me. Slightly awkward you might say, but I was so excited to land and say yes to him after jumping into his arms. Well, he didn’t answer his phone upon landing because my aunt had gotten him a friends and family pass (she’s a flight attendant) and he was waiting at the gate. To my surprise, as we were getting up to get our bags, the pilot asked for everyone to sit down except for me. He came to my seat guys. He came to my freaking seat and proposed to me in front of a bunch of strangers on a United airplane. How the stars aligned post 9/11 to allow this to happen is beyond me, but it is our story and probably only our story as we broke so many airline regulations to have this happen. Here is a picture of the happy couple just after he proposed on the airplane. Don’t mind my super tired eyes, I had just flown for a million hours back from Perth, Australia.
Might you think our life is a fairy tale, our engagement was surely not. Someone told me that engagements are for engaging and ours surely was just that. Most normal people date for a long time and get to know each other really well. We had a 8 month engagement planned and I for some reason felt the need to pack the getting to know you stage all into that time. I had a panic attack that I was acting too fast (duh) and Joe and I decided to push out wedding back 6 months. We were still engaged, but it gave me time to have a breather and get to know my best friend a little better before I planned a wedding and said I do. It was the best decision we could have made. It was hard to tell our parents, but it was for the best. We actually almost called our wedding off one other time, but we had a good friend who helped us learn how to communicate better. The majority of our fights were just because we were really horrible at communicating. Lots of difficult conversations were had during that time, but it was also one of the best years of my life looking back. I grew so much as a person because of him and because of our growing up together that year.
The wedding day came and we were happy clappy that day. Joe’s best friend Andy Marin married us at Moody Church and it was seriously one of the most beautiful ceremonies ever. I had 10 bridesmaids yall, 10! I might be biased in saying our wedding was so amazing, but we transformed (get the tie into the post title) that year, which made making it to the wedding day that much more special. We literally grew up from kids to somewhat adults that year. We are still pretty darn immature, but hey, it makes life that much more interesting.
Our first year of marriage was pretty uneventful. We were soooo poor as I took a not-for-profit job making pennies and Joe wasn’t rolling in it by any stretch of the imagination. We lived in a low income building, but we made it our own and were so proud of it.
We had saved our pennies and that next summer we went to Israel together. We had always wanted to get baptized and that we did, in the Sea of Galilee, together. It was transformational (there it is again). Here is a picture from that trip.
To be honest, I don’t even remember the next few years. Everything is a little bit of a blur, but I do know that we got a dog, had two kids and started a business. Everything besides that is only remembered from pictures. We both turn 34 years old this year and that is hard for me to believe because I don’t feel a day over 25, when we were married.
I fell in love with Joe when I saw his joy, and friends that joy has only grown stronger. He is my biggest cheerleader, even when I don’t feel like I am worthy of it. Sure, we still bicker. Probably more than most people because we own our business and are together 24/7. But thankfully we grow from it. We are the same people in front of our friends, our employees, our kids and when we are alone. Because of our growth together, we are authentic and I don’t think you can place enough value on that.
So eight years, holy moly kind kitties. How it went so fast, I don’t know. But what I do know is there is no better partner in this world for me than Joseph Weldon Piercy. He bring joy when I take things too seriously, he makes me laugh when I want to cry, he makes me keep MegMade going when I want to quit and he makes me a better person. He has wrinkles on his face now, but they all point up because this man never frowns. He has child-like faith and he dreams pie in the sky dreams. He can be super child-like at times and it can drive me nuts how often he loses things. However, at the end of the day, I would rather be married to someone who sees the world through rose colored glasses and he does.
Here’s to eight years babe. I can’t wait to grow old with you and still blow the paper off of straws at you while our great grandkids make fun of us. Now, let’s go to Nashville without our kids and celebrate this accomplishment!
And on another note, here is the #megmademini for the week!