Do You Remember?

Dear Matthew,

Do you remember when we first met? Do you remember how as you sat, waiting for your interview, our eyes met from across the room and (okay, I’ll admit it) I tried to find reasons to talk to you. There was something wonderful hanging in the air. Maybe it was because I was putting up a Christmas tree but I think it was because we were meant to fall in love with each other.

Do you remember how you got the job but by the time you had your first day, zesty, enthusiastic and I think, ready to meet me again… I had gone?!

Do you remember how we used to talk about each other to mutual colleagues. Do you think that maybe we missed each other before we even knew each other?

Do you remember when we met again? You couldn’t believe that all I seemed to eat were kiwi’s and I just wanted to be near you, talking to you and laughing with you. Did you know that you made me forget the heartbreak from a three year relationship that went wrong? Did you know that you made me smile so much? Did you know that you made me feel like the only girl in the whole world?

Do You Remember?

Do you remember that night, just me and you? Do you remember how we were set up and we had our first date? The most amazing first date! Did you know that the night before, in reply to a text, I said that nothing could happen because you were just too good for me? Did you know how little I had come to think of myself? Did you know what that night meant to me, the night that ‘we’ started something, our love story? Do you remember when you drove me home, you told me off for wanting to go travelling for a year? Do you think that already you couldn’t stand the thought of me not being around?

Do you remember that since that night we were inseparable?

Do You remember?

Do you remember how quickly we fell truly, madly, deeply in love? The love that conquers, the love that sometimes hurts but the love that lasts a thousand lifetimes!

Do you remember how we found ourselves on my old school field one afternoon and practiced long jump, belly laughing in the sand until it hurt?

Do you remember when for about two weeks, every night for dinner we ate crumpets with lashings of honey because we could?

Do you remember playing board games and card games and only having about four channels on T.V?

Do you remember when we had no heating that winter at my first flat so we kept each other warm?

Do you remember that night that I told you I was pregnant with Noah? We were young and it was scary…but the love was enough, right? Because you saw a chocolate weeto pop out of my nose when the pregnancy made me feel awful… and you saw me jump from the car on the way to work, be sick over the side of a bridge and on to a person below…and you still loved me…and you didn’t leave…even though I told you that you could!

Do you remember the day that he was born? When we became family? I do!

I remember everything about us. Our wedding, our beautiful Ellenah, our adventures…and the other bits that weren’t so glamorous, the bits that I would rather forget but can’t because they are important to us, who we are and how happy we are now.

Do You Remember?

I remember everything that has pushed and pulled us to here, right now.

Our marriage is five years old today.

Do You Remember?

We are completely different people now from those two crazy kids that fell in love so fiercely.

After eight years together, we have fought for every part of this love that we are so blessed to have. We have cried over it at times, tried to forget it, even tried to hate it…but we can’t, we always come back to it and will never stop saving it.

Because true love is always worth saving.Do You Remember?

Happy Anniversary Matt, I love you!

From Ria x

 

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This was the day that my baby niece got married. Her name is Ashleigh. She married a soldier. His name is Ashley. 

They had a beautiful wedding. A beautiful wedding for a lovely couple. 

Her dress was absolutely stunning, much like she is and always has been. Her dress was elegant and she looked truly perfect in it. She found her dream dress in a bridal boutique in the quaint little town of Faversham in Kent. It is called, can you believe it – Ashley’s?!

Their day went so smoothly and emotions were running high. My niece has grown into a woman in the blink of an eye. She is sensitive, kind, sensible and sure! She is sure of who she is and what she wants from her life. When the relationship between the Ash’s started to flourish… she was sure that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with this person that makes her smile the most in the world. 

Along with expressing my happiness that these two have found each other and wishing them a lifetime of love, adventure, happiness, communication, appreciation for each other, good health and understanding… I wanted to share a few of the photographs that I managed to gather amongst the wonderful festivities of the day…

Damn, My kid is cool!

My Gorgeous Matt & Me

My Big Brother & Me

Matt & Our Little Princess

My Big Sisters & Me

Such a special photograph – Noah & Ellenah with their cousins and Aunt and Uncle for a mass group hug.

Big Smiles & Hearts Full Of Love

My Beautiful Biggest Sister And Mother Of The Bride & Me 

My Stunning Niece And The Maid Of Honour & Me (Mid Dancing No Doubt!)

With only five years between my niece and me, it feels so strange… and I’m going to type this fast, before I cry- she has now taken that first step to a family of her very own. In a few weeks time she will be moving away again and in to Army life with the man she loves the most (apart from her Dad!)

When I think of her, I think of her deep eyes and the cute half smiles that she made you work for -until she couldn’t hold in a laugh any more and it would burst out from her belly. I remember when she used to wear her hair with glittery clips either side of her parting and she would team that up with a tracksuit. I remember how she used to love to play schools and when she was really small, she loved it when I used to sing ‘The Yellow Submarine’ Lullaby over and over again and ‘Life Is A Flower’ by Ace Of Base to her. I remember that time in Canterbury Army Barracks when she was out to play and she came back home upset because a bigger girl was mean to her. I zoomed out of the door and made that bigger kid apologise to my baby niece. I had never been more ready for a fight in my whole life. We went on adventures to the woods, the beach, the park and were always photographed at special occasions with her standing in front of me, my arms wrapped around her. I was always just tall enough to rest my chin on her precious little head. When she lived away, I always missed her and when she came to stay, I loved sharing my bedroom with her like she was my little sister. Over the years, as we got older and I came to bed later and later… she would wait up for me, ready to talk and afraid that if she didn’t she would miss something- sometimes I brought snacks for our late night chats and stories.

I am excited for her journey ahead of her. She has been waiting for this moment for a long time and always dreamed of her wedding but more importably a marriage. I hope she has the best life ever and she smiles every single day. I hope they both do…together…FOREVER!

Lots of Love & Hugs

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