Friday, May 25, 2012

Taking Chances

Ten years ago today, I did something that I swore to anyone that would listen I would NEVER do. I got married. Again. I don't often tell people that I've been married not once, not twice, but three times. Yeah, I know. That's a lot. I'm not proud of it, it's just a fact.

After my second marriage failed, I decided that I should maybe let the idea of being part of a couple go. I worked a full time job, did my best to raise my kids and spent my spare time working in my yard and garden. It wasn't a grand life, but it was a life. And then something amazing happened. Just when I stopped looking for Mr. Right, Mr. Smart walked into my life. It's such a good "never give up on love" story and I tell it every chance I get.

We were married here at Rosehaven on a beautiful sunny day surrounded by our friends and family. We had our first dance on the patio right outside the kitchen window. I love that memory. And I love the way that every time I'm in our yard I can picture the day so perfectly.

I took a huge chance when I came here to be with Ken. My track record wasn't good, I didn't really trust myself anymore and my self-esteem was shot. But something told me that I had to do this, to take this chance. It took everything I had to step out of my comfort zone and step out into the world. I can't believe all that I would have missed if I had stayed where I was.

It's a wonderful thing when you marry someone that was your friend first. And there is a certain comfort that comes from finding a friend to love you in the second half of your life. After knowing how bad relationships can be, I can fully appreciate how wonderful this one is. And I can honestly say that when I wake up and see my husband next to me I think "Wow, I can't believe I'm married to Ken Smart!" I LOVE this boy.

So on this day I honor my husband and offer him a heart full of love and gratitude for being the best friend I've ever had. I love you Mr. Smart and appreciate all that you do for me and they way you don't run when I say things like "hey, I've got an idea!". Thank you for making me Mrs. Smart.

Ken and Wren May 2002


  1. Congratulations! You two are a balanced match.

  2. Well how sweet is this post ;) Happy anniversary to you both.

  3. That's the sweetest post I've read in a while. It's never too late for love to find you, even if you're not looking! Congrats and happy anniversary.

  4. I love your love story! It warms me heart to see you so happy! I love you, my friend!


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