8 Years Later

Today, The Rancher and I celebrate our Anniversary.  After eight years we have learned, laughed, cried and sorted cattle together.

J has learned that I am not spontaneous and has gotten good at giving me a heads up.  I am getting better at going with the flow.

I have learned that when J asks for help and says it will take X minutes, I double the time.  Depending on the task at hand, sometimes I more than double the time.  See, going with the flow.

J has learned that I am less than cheerful when I am hungry, tired or cold.  He has also accepted that it is good for me to take snacks to the hay field, go to bed early and dress like an Eskimo when needed.  I have learned when J falls asleep in his chair not to wake him up to go to bed.

Engagement Picture, Fall 2003.

I am learning that the more involved we become in this business the more stressful life becomes.  I am learning that little things, like opening gates or being the go-for, are important things.

I need to work on giving J the simple version of my day and not chattering on about non-relevant things.  J has enough to think about without adding my drama to the list. 

J knows that sometimes, I need his optimistic mostly non-judgmental point of view to help me deal with some of life’s situations.

Last night I read an idea on Barb’s Knit and Pearl blog and thought it was too good not to share.   After 40 years of marriage, Barb says,  “It is easy being married to this guy.  His patience has been our secret to a long and happy marriage.”    Let’s hope J never runs out of patience with me.

Thank You, J, for the dedication you show to our business and all the hard work you do to provide for our family.  I Love You!

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9 Responses to 8 Years Later

  1. Kim says:

    Congratulations to you both! Marriage definitely involves compromise, and that’s a learning process. One of my Facebook friends today who was celebrating an anniversary said that it’s being willing to do the little things for each other. Blessings to you and J for many more happy years together!

  2. Brenda says:

    Here’s to you both!! Congrats on 8 years, as a newly engaged I can’t wait for an 8 year celebration! Keep the good years coming along with the patience and love 🙂

  3. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations – it truly on gets better and better when you see the good and bad in relationship and accept that there will always be both – it just matters how you get thru it together!

  4. LindaG says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!
    I hope you have many many more happy years ahead. ♥

  5. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn Happy Anniversary to both of you. Sounds like you have found the secret. HUGS B

  6. Happy Anniversary! I too get the hungry/tired/cold cranky-ness. Thank goodness we found guys who will put up with it! And I just have to say, 8 years of sorting cattle together is quite an accomplishment, working cattle with a loved one can make you really figure out how much you love them!

  7. Judy says:

    Happy Anniversary! Ours is on the 30th.

  8. Carletta says:

    Happy Belated Anniversary!
    After almost 38 years I can say it is the give and take that makes it work.
    You learn about each other on a day to day basis. As we’ve gotten old we’ve each changed in our own ways and we’ve each accepted the changes and try to go with the flow.
    Hope it was a wonderful day!

  9. Congratulations Robyn! You all have just begun your journey and I am sure that it will just keep getting better. Matt and I hit the 15 year last year, and I am not sure where all of that time went!

    All the best,

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