15 years ago in 1998 I was a gawky, socially awkward, painfully shy teenager who didn’t have a clue where my life was going. I left school the year before and started a college course but didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. I had such a horrible experience at high school and totally switched off to everything. I wasn’t having the best time at home either since I was a stroppy, hormonally charged teenager and had no interest in anything other than music and watching Red Dwarf.
At the time I was working in a sports shop in the local shopping centre and was slowly starting to build myself and my confidence back up. Through a colleague in the shop I was introduced to Mr B, we went on a few dates and spent hours on the phone getting to know each other and fell in love very quickly. After 5 months together we decided we couldn’t be apart so we rented a flat and moved in together just before Christmas. 4 months later we decided to look for somewhere to buy and found a lovely flat that we both instantly fell in love with. Soon after we got engaged and spent 3 wonderful years in our little flat. We then moved to a bigger house, got married and started a family and I can honestly tell you the last 15 years have been a total whirlwind.
Mr B and I have been through a lot in our 15 year relationship. There have been ups and downs, heartaches, highs, lows, family drama, loss, even a brief break up but we have a better relationship for it but most importantly there has been a lot of fun, love and laughter. We have a great relationship mostly because we are friends and we both have the same stupid sense of humour and share a lot of interests but I think the main thing is that we spend quality time together. It can be really difficult to get time as a couple when you work full time and have children, but we make a point of going out on a date at least once a month and just being us.
Mr B, you are awesome, supportive, kind, caring, loving but most of all you are mine. You changed my life for the better and that lonely, gawky, shy awkward girl has gone forever and instead I am a wife and a Mum. Love you now and always Markie B.
One of our first dates
At a party in 1999
There are no words 🙂 2003
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. 2004
One of my favourite photos of all time! 2008
Anniversary night out 2012