Thursday, January 15, 2009

4 Years Ago Today...

...I married my best friend!!!


Yvan and I met 6 1/2 years ago when we joined the same Ultimate Frisbee team. We call it the summer of love!

I was not one of those girls who dreamed of my wedding from when I was a little girl. I always thought I would get married but I never had any big plans for it.

Many of my friends got married over the years, but I remained single. Always thinking to myself "Hmmmmm, when I am going to meet THE GUY?" I used to ask people how they knew their spouse was the one and inevitably people would tell me "Oh you'll just know!"

Honestly, after dating lots and several failed relationships in my 20's I thought this was load of Horse Patoey!!! There wasn't ONE person for me, there seemed to be NO ONE for me. I was going to become crazy cat lady! And I was off to a good start because I had 2 cats already.

Then one day in May 2002 I pulled up to a field to play my first ever Ultimate game. I was nervous - I was joining a team I only knew 2 people on and I had no clue how to play this crazy game. As I walked on to the field I noticed a group of guys standing in a circle. My friend Blair was there and he introduced me to everyone. When he got to Yvan, I was floored! I have never been so keenly aware of someone in all my life. I couldn't take my eyes off him...of course...he didn't seem to notice me at all ( he says he did). They all went back to what they were doing and all I could think was how am I going to get to know this guy better.


As luck would have it, I was moving to Halifax at the end of the summer for my job and so I wasn't even looking to date anyone. Why would I? It would go no where....boy was I wrong.

When Yvan finally asked me out on a date 2 months later in July (after much smiling and sitting as close as possible to each other at events) I was hooked! In love!!! Apparently so was he - he told me he loved two weeks after our first date!!!


I did move to Halifax at the end of summer. I cried all the way there!!! Two months later (and my 3rd time in a year being laid off from Air Canada) I was back in Saskatoon living with Yvan!

He asked me to marry him exactly 2 years from our first date. We were in Vancouver visiting my parents. He wanted me to be able to tell my mom right after.

We were at Granville Island overlooking the harbour when he said "I want to marry you!" and I said "Well, whenever you ask me, we can get married.". He said " I am asking, I have a ring and everything!" Then he pulled out a beautiful ring with sapphires and diamonds!!! I started to cry and said "really" and he said "Yes, really, you're the girl".

How do I tell you how much Yvan means to me! How do I put it in words and do him justice?

Yvan is kind, funny, smart, sexy, witty, handsome, brilliant, silly,vivacious, spontaneous...and the list goes on.

He is always there for me! When we were going thru fertility treatments and I had all kinds of surgeries, scopes and prodding etc. he was always there. He encouraged me to go back to school after I came back from Halifax. If I want to take a creative dance class, he says "go for it". I have a travel bug and he says "you plan it, I'll be there." My happiness is always foremost in his mind, as his is in mine. He loved my cats that I brought with me into the relationship! He sings with me in the car, and he dances with me in the living room. He doesn't take himself too seriously and knows how to have a good time. He picks me up when I fall, he wipes my tears when I cry....we laugh together until our stomach's ache and we can't breathe.


He is my best friend! The person I can tell everything and anything too! He loves me for me and accepts all my strengths but more importantly understands my weaknesses.



I know he will be an amazing father. I can't wait to see him with our wee one(s). But no matter what happens in life, as long as I have him by my side everything will be as it should.

Yvan I love you! Thanks for making me "The Girl" you are always and will forever be "The Guy" for me!

22 comments:

Rhonda and Kristin said...

Oh, happy 4 years!! It makes me just want to have a happy day today just for you and Yvan :)

What a match you 2 are!!

Kristen and Dave said...

Wow - beautiful Rana. Congratulations to you and Yvan. Things will only get better for the two of you.

Kristen :)

Julie said...

What a beautiful post!! You two are perfect together. Happy Anniversary!

Darrell and Jess said...

Oh I love that post! It made me feel all warm inside! Happy Anniversary! :)

Kendra said...

Happy Anniversary! Love that you met on the Ultimate feild, that game is special in so many ways!

Chad, Laura and Sara said...

Happy 4th! What a precious post. I too married my best friend (10 years in May - yikes). Laura

CinnamonOpus said...

Awww, that's so lovely! Hope you have a happy anniversary, and many many more years to come!

Dianne said...

Awe... that was so great to read. Happy anniversary!!

(Hurray for January weddings!)

Danielle and Nick said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post!!

Gaunt Family said...

Your post makes me realize that I too am very blessed in the mate department. I absolutely love the lamp shade picture! Happy Anniversary guys!

haze said...

How beautiful!! What a lovely, love-filled post.

Happy Anniversary, Rana and Yvan!!

Sharla said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I hope it is just the fourth of eighty happy years together!

D Dae said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have an amazing day celebrating your love for eachother. :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Anniversary!! That was sooo heartfelt. I love the lampshade hats!!

Wishing you many more wonderful years together!

Steph :-)

Kristin Hickman said...

Happy Anniversary Rana, what wonderful things to say! My husband and I played slow pitch together the summer we started dating. I'm sure very soon you will have some more wonderful things to celebrate and seeing each other become parents, you will fall even deeper in love with one another.
KristinH

Natalie and Chris said...

Happy Anniversary Rana and Yvan. Rana that was a beautiful post, very nicely written.

lovesmukiwa said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great post. Happy Anniversary!

Janice said...

That was so sweet. I love the part about coming a crazy cat...and you already had 2. : )

Great photos. You've inspired me to share some of my own couple photos.

By the way I checked out the beadforlife site and I am very keen. I'll keep you posted on party plans.

downes said...

Okay, I am at work almost in tears reading your beautiful post. I should be working, not checking blogs!

I am going to make a point of appreciating all the reasons why I love my husband this weekend! Sometimes life gets in the way and I forget!

Cheryl

andrea said...

I loved, loved, loved this post... its an incredible thing to be married to your best friend and love of your life (not everyone gets to be!). I loved the depth of love and happiness that you captured in your words and pictures - a good reminder of the really good things we have (because its easy to get lost some times in all this waiting!). I hope your anniversary was lovely. A

Ricki said...

Super sweet post! I love that first pic of the 2 of you....soo cute and happy!

sunmamma said...

Ahhh how did I miss this!!!! So sweet. I love your story!