One Year of Marriage.

To my husband of one whole year,

One year ago, on our 79th month together (hahaha inside joke), you asked me to be your wife and told me you will make me the happiest girl. 

I remember you asking me really early in our relationship, 'Can u imagine if we celebrated every month we are together?' Our 79th month's celebration was pretty bomb, looking back now hahaha

 Nov 15

Nov 15

Two days later, we signed the papers that bind us for life. You held my hands and looked into my eyes and I know I'm home. I know I belong with you and I never want to be away from you. 

This month, we got a kick relishing our new status and using the terms 'wife’ and ‘husband’.

 Dec 15

Dec 15

We returned to Boston not too long after and celebrated our first Christmas as a family! We endured the below-freezing temperature that winter and hung up our Daiso Christmas stockings at the fake fireplace the Baystate apartment had. 

This month, we learnt that good landlords are indeed, a blessing and we took the old one at North End for granted!

 Jan 16

Jan 16

Picture was hurriedly snapped when we were in the U-Haul truck, with all our furnitures doing the big move ourselves. We moved to this current apartment in January and had to get ur army of friends to help us move. We stayed up till 3am to unpack. You call this our first married-apartment haha

This month, we learnt that moving should only be done in the summer when it is warm.

 Feb 16

Feb 16

We celebrated our first CNY, just the two of us, as a family in February. We also had to deal with our eccentric downstairs-neighbor who kept stuffing us with noise complaints! February was rather tough on us cause we kept having petty arguments. 

This month, we learnt to compromise and pick our battles; to learn to communicate better and appreciate each other, and to come out of anything stronger than ever.

 Mar 16

Mar 16

Spring was approaching fast this month and we weren't cooped up at home as much! We even took a short trip and went to visit your extended family in Florida! I saw cows 🐃🐄🐂EVERYWHERE, visited the orchard and fell in love with a dog named Lucy. It was all rather fascinating. 

This month, we learnt that we are definitely city-people and cannot stay in suburbs ever cause we'd be bored to death.

 Apr 16

Apr 16

Weather was finally turning bearable and the Common became a date-spot! I think we were the last few people still in our downs at that time of the year. 

This month, we celebrated our 7th year & you surprised me (successfully) with a bouquet of very-pink flowers

 May 16

May 16

Weather finally turned around up and it was almost as warm as SG! You were super busy at work that month cause we were preparing to go back to Singapore for a while. I was also prepping for the Japan trip we were taking with ur family. 

This month, we shared an insane amount of conversation revolving around ramen and sushi

 June 16

June 16

Visited Japan 🇯🇵 together with your family and omg we ate SO MUCH. Hunting down Tsukiji Fish Market at 2am to queue for the best sushi and finding that little hole-in-the-wall place for awesome Tonkatsu!! Not forgetting the owl cafe. Total buckstlist-moment right there. And that cozy familiar feeling when we touched down in SG. 

This month, we learnt to appreciate our parents and family-time so much more.

 July 2016

July 2016

Went to Papua New Guinea to see ur parents' work. We went snorkeling (my first time) and took some horrible underwater pictures but omg, it was so much fun. Clinging on to you for dear life and seeing schools of fishes swim right by was unbelievable. 

This month, we learnt to stay grateful for everything we have and how incredibly blessed we are.

 Aug 16

Aug 16

Took a 10-hour day trip to London whilst en route back to Boston. It was a craaaazy intense trip! Visited the Big Ben, saw the London Eye, shopped at Picadilly Circus, and caught a glimpse of the soldiers at Buckingham Palace. The touchdown at Logan airport is now becoming a well-oiled routine. 

This month, we realized our hearts belong to 2 homes - Singapore and Boston.

 Sept 16

Sept 16

Celebrated ur birthday in NYC! We watched Matilda on Broadway and of course, devoured our favourite chicken-over-rice. 

This month, we treasured the alone time with just the two of us, after a whole lot of family back in SG the months before.

 Oct 16

Oct 16

Autumn hit this month and overnight, Boston turned into a freezer compartment. We finally set a date for the wedding banquet which means there was a lot of wedding talk! We had to go to our closet and dig out all our winter jackets and coats cause....it's time ☃️🌨❄️ again. 

This month, we learnt to take time out for each other and just be with one another.

 Nov 16

Nov 16

Spending the past year married to you has taught me so much. Married life definitely does not entail living in constant wedded bliss, that's for sure. Sometimes, it consists of dirty socks, bickering and who decides what we should eat for dinner.

One year of marriage has taught me to be grateful and be humble. It has taught me the importance of compromise and attentiveness. It has taught me that not everything will be perfect because that’s life, and the little mistakes we learnt along the way will strengthen us further. One year of married life has made me fall in love with you over and over again. 

My heart skips a beat when I hear the jangle of your keys, knowing you're gonna walk in through the door and I'm going to see your face. The grin that spreads across my face when I wake up and I know you're right beside me cause our limbs are all entangled and your body is so warm all the time. My entire existence lighting up just having you beside me. 

One year of marriage has gifted me with a second family. Another mom and dad who dotes on me like my own parents. Another sibling to love and annoy. A second family that I've never knew was missing in my life. 

Today, we have been together for 91 months and in two days, married for a year. That's a whole lot of months hahaha I can't believe how lucky I am and how much love we have. I'm the luckiest girl on earth and you make me so incredibly happy. 

No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater. The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that’s the key. It’s like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.
— This Lullaby, Sarah Densen

Happy anniversary, my husband.

pearlyn neokeith and pea