five

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Five years ago today a bachelor not yet known as Veto took Buddy Budderson, Loopy and I to be his family. It was a massive undertaking: woman with health issues (some known, some unknown at that time), a preteen boy and a little girl with developmental delays and undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome.


He deserves a medal. We are not the easiest people to be around sometimes, but we try. Where there was nothing, he made a family.


I love him more than words can say. He saved us. He brought us together, he made us a wonderful home and he is more than I could have hoped for as a husband.


You see, even though the blog may not reflect it, I am not perfect. I am a work in progress. I make mistakes. Lots of silly mistakes. Without explanation, I make the same mistakes more than once. Like Loopy, I am easily overwhelmed. I try hard but sometimes I just can't get things right.


When Veto married us, he gave up his freedom and his bachelor ways. He slipped into the role of husband and father seamlessly. The children embraced him... but they became teenagers instantly, bringing all that comes with the territory. He stepped up to the plate and assumed the role of leader, father, mediator, and he even keeps me in check when the my mother instincts say, "freak out an strangle someone." He is the model of patience and understanding and I don't know how he does it sometimes.


He treats us like royalty. He spoils us with family trips and movies. He has dropped much anticipated golf tournaments and important business meetings to be there for me when my health has been shaky. Sometimes I feel like a burden but he never makes me feel that way, he reassures me and continues to take care of me, even though I have to start to do more things for myself.

He works so hard to take care of us and although I may not say it often enough, I don't know how to begin to thank him.


And so, even though we say "Love You" all the time, with one single splash of a tear on my keyboard, I need to say to Veto that I love you more than words can say and I wish that things were easier for you sometimes. Thank you for being there when we need you, which is always.

I love this man. Happy Anniversary.

53 comments:

The French Bear said...

Happy Anniversary to you too!! I am having my first, second time around, lol!!! What a lovely story, such a beautiful bride!!!! Hugs,
Margaret B

Nikki said...

Gosh, that excerp got me all teary. Sometimes we wonder how we got so lucky...its usually a mutual feeling. Congrats to you for finding someone you care so much about. Happy Anniversary to the two of you.

Becky said...

Beautiful pictures! Happy Anniversary!

Shannon said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm in the same boat as you - I like to think that luck has very little to do with it. God's great design is better than what we could ever imagine for ourselves!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. Gosh Saucy you looked too beautiful for words on your special day X

Cheryl said...

Happy Anniversary!!It's so nice to hear a happy story such as yours. Take care and stay as healthy as you can!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you two. Mom and I think he's quite a guy to have made such a nice family for all of you.
Love from 'The Secret Weapon'.

Amy said...

I got chills and tears. That is really a special testament to your love. Happy Anniversary!

Debi Ward Kennedy said...

How wonderful.....Sasha, your words are so touching, your love evident, and your respect for your husband inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. And Happy Anniversary!

Natalia said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Awwwww!!

Your wedding photos are beautiful and what a beautiful way for you to say Happy Anniversary!

{lauryl} said...

Happy Anni! Wow, that is a beautiful story. And your wedding pictures are gorgeous, too.

Kristy said...

Happy Happy Happy Anniversary!! Love the pics. You guys look beautiful!

alittlebitofscrap said...

I'm all choked up now.. Happy Anniversary!!

Miss Quoted said...

I pride myself on not being a mush - but that got me all teary. I would imagine if asked Veto would say you guys saved him. It's nice hoe love works that way.

3rdEyeMuse said...

I have a feeling he knows exactly how much you adore and appreciate him. :)

Happy, Happy Anniversary!

BAM said...

What a loving post to Veto. Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for sharing.

ThatMommy! said...

omgosh the whole dang thing was beautiful. the pics the words. i'm gonna cry & i don't even know u. lol

Grace said...

great you made me cry!!! lol Happy anniversary. Hang on tight to each other you are both amazing and have a great family you both deserve to be happy so enjoy!! Thank you for sharing your stories and feelings with us. It is so nice to know there are men that can love so strong out there...stop being so hard on yourself, I am sure he thinks you are all "Perfect" and u are!!! love Grace xoxoxox

Oliver Rain said...

i'm feeling quite verklempt right now. What a sweet story. Happy Anniversary my friend.

MJ said...

I read this out loud to K ~ just to tell her she was there too!

Happy anniversary!

Lynn said...

Your story sounds like my sons. Beautiful new wife, son (now 17) daughter (autistic) end of sixth grade year,
Whew!
But they are doing well, (except for almost dying last Saturday- Did you read my story about that?)
Congratulations on your anniversary!

MMW said...

What a beautiful family you are. congratulations on your wonderful life together.

Linda Crispell said...

You are such a lovely family and your beautiful story is an inspiration to us all! You are certainly the most photogenic and attractive families I have met!
Congratulations to the entire family!
Your Pal,
Linda

Coco said...

That is wonderful. My anniversary is tomorrow. And we are moving. LOL...

So glad that you have that special someone that takes the good with the bad without blinking an eye.

AwtemNymf said...

Happy Anniversary Folks!
*sprinkles faerie dust*

~A~

Jerri-Lea said...

Happy Year Five!!! What a wonderful tribute to your husband!

Thanks for the warning!(I got a hold of myself and only had one tear and a huge lump in my throat!)

How quickly your "kids" have grown up in 5 years!!

LiLi M. said...

Happy anniversary to the four of you! You made such a sweet tribute! I wish you many many happy years together.

E said...

Just perfect!

Rosa said...

Happy anniversary to your all! What a wonderful and touching story. I'm sure you have saved him in many ways too and the children have brought depth and joy to his life. You are such a lovely family. sniffle. xoxo

Janeen said...

Happy Anniversary my friend! Beautiful, lovely, wonderful memories... The kids are just adorable, wow, how quickly they've grown and matured into teenagers.

This probably sounds like a strange question and personal too so just ignore if you want, no hard feelings but were you widowed? I've been following you almost a year now and don't recall you ever mentioning any blended family issues?

Janeen said...

Oops, hit the enter key just a tad tooooo quickly there... Sasha, you are a beautiful bride! That joyful smile that remains the same today! THanks for sharing!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Happy anniversary to you both. It's a good week for marital bliss.

jkddz said...

sniffle... and a few tear drops on my keyboard later.... Happy Anniversary !

April said...

What a beautiful and loving post. Thank you for sharing.

Pepper said...

Well said buddy, and he is lucky to have you too!

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

Happy belated anniversary!

I think you're all pretty lucky to have each other. You can't do a blog like this and make everyone else happy without being pretty darn wonderful "IRL". Knowing you're not perfect just makes the rest of us feel better ;)

5 years goes by so fast, doesn't it? We've just hit 18 this month, and I sit back and wonder just how that happened.

LoriLyn said...

Beautiful pictures :)

Carrie said...

I won't lie. I may have just cried a little. That was touching. :) I'm so happy that you found each other.

Beautiful photos! I wish you all the best in the future.

-Carrie.

dragonflydreamer said...

With a splash of a teardrop upon my keyboard, I must say that this was such a beautiful and heartfelt post. I am so happy for you, Veto, Buddy and Loopy! Happy Anniversary to you and Veto and I wish you many, many blessed years of love and joy. Thank you for sharing this as it brings hope to many who might have lost thier belief in love and the possibility that it is around the next corner. P.S. You were such a beautiful bride!

bluemuf said...

Dear Saucy, What a beautiful tribute to your loving soul mate and husband. I wish all four of you a Happy Anniversary and many more to come.

I know we all have little problems and heartaches to indure. But, you always keep your blog one of the happiest places to visit. A lovely spot to restore the spirit.

Hugs and Magical days
Karen

Cassandra said...

Wow, way to bring a girl to tears! If you are even half the woman in real life that you come through as on this blog, then Veto is a VERY lucky man! Happy Anniversary to you and Veto, and the kids too!!

Kathy said...

Oh, I just got teary too...beautiful post.

Jen said...

You two make a BEAUTIFUL couple! Your happiness shines :)

J.G. said...

Clearly you have much happiness in your lives already, and much more to come. Keep enjoying each and every day!

TidyMom said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You two make such a cute couple!♥

~TidyMom

Lisa said...

I'm so glad all FOUR of you found each other... a perfect match.

Thank you Veto for making this family complete. :)

Happy Anniversary to all of you!

formerly LisaInCT

Angela said...

You are so sweet. I am glad that you feel that way. Hope your Anniversary was a happy one.

Angela

Jennifer Juniper said...

Oh, how lovely that tribute was. You rock Veto! Happy Anniversary to the happy couple :) (pstt, you were a lovely bride!)

Cherie said...

Beautiful post hon. Everyone strives for what you have.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a beautiful tribute. Happy Anniversary!

the treat girl said...

Oh Saucy!!! Happy Anniversary to you all!!!! How lucky we all are to love and be loved!!!

Rue said...

My God you're a gorgeous couple!
Happy belated Anniversary! I'm so sorry I missed it, but I want to wish you many many more happy years together.

(((hugs)))
rue