Celebrating year two


Two years ago today, Spencer and I joined hands before family and friends and officially became the Johnsons.

It’s a strange and wonderful thing, being married. Braiding your life with someone else’s, creating a home, starting a family. Welcoming our son in the spring changed us forever, but we were a duo before becoming a trio. And we are a twosome still.

We were able to sneak in a “date” yesterday. Spencer was out on work-related errands, and I had a little time before deadline to take an early break. It was spontaneous (not my strong suit), and also pretty wonderful. Oliver was at day care. We haven’t been alone in a restaurant in months — and when Spence climbed from his car without the ever-present car seat, we both laughed.

“This is weird,” he said.

And it was. But by dessert — the denouement of a meal free of diaper changes, fussing or crying with one of us pacing the restaurant with an infant while the other scarfed down their food, well . . . we were good with it.

Our second year of marriage has been filled with so much love — love laced with deep exhaustion. It was, of course, the year we became parents.

The best thing to come out of 2015 — aside from our actual child, of course! — is the deep joy I feel seeing my husband become a father. As I wrote back in April, you can’t always know how someone is going to react to trying circumstances until you’re in them — and Spencer has proved time and again to be a loving, patient, devoted dad to Ollie and spouse to me.

First dance

We said “in sickness and in health,” and we meant it. If there was any mystery left in our marriage, it was definitely shucked in the ambulance taking us to Baltimore and, soon after, in the delivery room.

But there’s a comfort to that: a sense of wellbeing that comes from knowing someone doesn’t care if you have more gray laced in your hair these days or haven’t yet bothered to brush your teeth. That familiarity is what makes our house our home, and I love nothing more than plopping Ollie between us on Sunday mornings so we can drink coffee in our pajamas.

Our evenings aren’t as exciting as they once were. I’m lucky if I can stay awake to watch an hour-long drama on the DVR. We both come back from work depleted, and then we have an adorable 7-month-old (!) seeking more of the time and energy we don’t always feel we have to give.

But no matter how ornery or broken I feel, Spencer knows how to step in, put an arm around me and say, “It’s OK — we’re in this together.”

What a wonderful thing to know you have a partner, a teammate, a fan waving a sparkly banner for you on the sidelines. To know the world can be hard and unflinching, but you won’t breathe any of that when you shed your coat at the front door.

When I come in carrying the remnants of my work day, I almost always find Spencer snuggled with Ollie over the evening news. They both look up at me, two sets of sweet dark eyes, and smile.

There’s nothing in the galaxy I would trade for those moments.

Happy anniversary, Spencer! You make home the absolute best place to be. xo


35 thoughts on “Celebrating year two

  1. This brought a wee tear to my eye. What a sweet life you are living, and the way you expressed your comfort and gratitude for this moment in your family’s life was really very touching. Beautifully written, Meg. Happy anniversary to you and Spencer.


  2. So beautiful! You guys make a great team and wonderful parents. Can you believe how fast time is flying?! We got married right around the same time and had our boys right around the same time so I know you get it. 🙂

    Happy anniversary to you both and much love!


  3. Happy anniversary! What a wonderful story. On a side note, I am very fond of my wonderful father, and if your husband was wearing big rimmed 80’s glasses, the two of them could be twins!! Haha


  4. Happy Anniversary to you and Spencer. I love reading your posts. I’m happy to say that after 25 years I still get that same thrill when Kevin comes home from work.


  5. “I love nothing more than plopping Ollie between us on Sunday mornings so we can drink coffee in our pajamas.” This sounds so comforting and beautiful! Happy anniversary!


  6. Happy Anniversary!!

    “… with one of us pacing the restaurant with an infant while the other scarfed down their food…” -> so this does happen to others! I am glad to read that. We had too many of those that it started feeling embarrassing for a while. But now it’s kinda normal and old news.


  7. So glad you posted this. My husband and I are coming up on our 5th(!) wedding anniversary and are expecting our first child in January. I’ve been anxious about how our sweet little bundle is going to affect our marriage – especially because it’s been just the two of us for so long – but as always, your insightful words highlighted the ways welcoming a baby into a marriage only serves to deepen that love and strengthen that bond. Congratulations and many blessings to your little family in the years to come!


  8. What a lovely post 🙂 i’m in a relationship and have been for coming up to two years, he’s wonderful, so funny and caring. I’m recently going through some seriously bad times and my boyfriend is there for me 100% and it makes you feel amazing to know they are there isn’t it! Oliver is adorable!!


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