Today is a big day in the Martin household! A day that comes around only once in a lifetime in most cases. For sure it is a one time deal for Feyma and I.
What am I talking about? Well, today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary! Yep, August 9, 1990 we were married in General Santos City, Southern Mindanao. It was a very memorable day for me, and a great one. I was 28 years old when we married, and Feyma was 21.
We have sure been through a lot that life has to offer in the past 25 years. Lived in the USA for 10 years, and now we have lived in the Philippines for 15 wonderful years. Well, some years in the Philippines were not so wonderful, it was not an easy adjustment to make. Now that we have been here for some time, though, we are both happy with our lives here, I think.
We also have five wonderful kids as well, a real blessing! Having kids always has its ups and downs, for sure, but the upside far outweighs the downside, and we have experienced a lot of ups. Our oldest child, Chris, will be 24 years old later this year, a fine young man. Aaron, our second child has been in the USA for the past nearly 4 months now, and we are so proud of him and the growth that he has made in that time. Then there is Jared, our youngest son. Jared is a very sensitive young man, very special.
Jean came to us a different way, a really fine young lady, and when she came along she really completed our family in many ways. And, finally, Nicole, the final cog in the machine that is the Martin family. Both of these girls were a great addition to the family!
But, wedding anniversaries are not so much about the kids, but about the couple who married. In my eyes, although we are 25 years older now, Feyma is still the sweet young bride that I married in 1990. The tough times have been relatively few, and the good times are too many to even remember or recount here. If I had to choose again, I would do the same thing, because there are not too many things in life that bring you the amount of joy and success that Feyma has brought to me for these years.
Back when we had only 5 or 6 years of marriage under our belt, there was a couple we knew who was celebrating their 25th anniversary. I remember looking at them almost in awe, amazed that they made it through those years and were still very much in awe. Now, being in the same position myself, it just feels kind of normal to me. I know for sure that we will always be together, no matter how long, for as long as we both live. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I know that it is!
I love you, Feyma, and am looking forward to whatever life brings us in the next 25. Gihigugma ta ka, asawa nako.