8 years!! Happy together forever to US!!

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

Stephany Bowman, Editor of Stephany's Choice wearing a silver metallic ZARA dress from the Fall/ Winter 2017 collection, TopShop silver heels. Michael Bowman wearing black suit , tie, white shirt and shoes from Nordstrom

 

EIGHT years ago I became a wife!!

I thought I would put a list of 8 things I love about our marriage

 friends first

Probably the solid foundation of this whole relationship. That I always could connect with him as a  friend first. We hang out like buddies, and that makes a relaxed and fun environment to be a part of.

a common vision and goal for our family

We put our family first. Value experiences and travel. Work hard to build a solid/fruitful future for our children and ourselves

I learn a lot from his reactions and way of looking at the world

Michael is 7 years older than me. I value his maturity in a lot of situations that I may be a lot less patient in. He is calm and fair. I admire that, and think thats a pretty good moral compass if you are leaning on someone’s point of view for guidance.

I love that I can be completey and totally myself

I’ve seen relationships in the past where either the husband or wife in the marriage is “performing” in front of their spouse and trying to show them a certain side of themselves to fulfill a goal. I luckily never have to perform in front of Michael. I am always completely honest with him, and that for me feels like a vacation.

we get to share all the good moments together

The best part.

At the end of the day, we meet up on the couch after the kids are bathed and in bed. I get to share with him the funny things that one of the kids said that day, or what we were so proud of them for. We laugh about the little things that are quirky or unique. Alexadner’s lisp and how cute it is when he says ” Christmas Decorations” or Angelina when he says, “Angel!!” and then she says,”Daddy!!” right after. We are proud of Annabelle’s passion and gift for art.

we get to share all the scary moments together

This oddly may be my favorite thing in the world. I always felt like I had to face every scary situation all by myself. Take a deep breath and tackle to issue-hope for the best. Now I can lean on Michael.  This helps to shift the burden and makes me feel like everything will be ok with him by my side.

the longevity of our relationship

We have built up so much history together. I love teasing him about his old bachelor days, when we were dating in Chicago, our favorite date spots, and memories. Read more about our 7 year anniversary right here!!!

he is always on my team

When you go into the world, you face circumstances and situations that may be unprecedented, unpredictable or unhappy. Having Michael to share my struggles with is comforting and I know that he has nothing but my best interest at heart.

 

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