Today Mark and I are celebrating 20 years together. 20 years!!
When we got together we were 17 and 18 and our relationship moved pretty fast. We moved in together after 6 months and bought our first flat 6 months after that. We got engaged on my 19th birthday and married when I was 23.
From the very beginning we were all in and I knew straight away from the start that he was the man I wanted to marry and have children with. It was intense and we were determined that we would do what we wanted and faced everything that was thrown at us together.
There was a lot of barriers in the way in the early days. Everyone seemed to have an opinion and didn’t hold back in telling us what they thought. We were told we were too young, too dumb, didn’t know what love was, it would never last, I was only interested in getting pregnant. But here we are 20 years later and still going strong.
It feels like such a big achievement and I suppose by today’s standards it is. We’ve had amazing highs and some awful lows, but we are stronger together and always get through whatever it is we are facing.
We’ve grown up together and I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years brings.
Mark, thank you for the journey so far, there’s no one else I’d rather share it with.
Here are some of my favourite pictures of us over the years, finishing with our 3 little monsters.