Today you are 39, the last 10 years have been a bit hectic although this time 10 years ago you had no idea what lay in store for you.
We were still 3 months away from meeting each other. Both of us, in very different places. I was partying hard while you were playing hard. I don’t think settling down even entered your mind.
You were a car fanatic (you still are, but have less time and money to spend on it). You were quiet (again, you still are but have more confidence).
What would I tell you if I could go back 10 years?
Grab the bull by the horns! Don’t be backwards in coming forwards. You’re a nice guy and you should be proud of that. Although, when you say you’re just popping to mine for a coffee, it’ll be more like a whole day.
Prepare yourself for a whirlwind. We will be moving in together after just 2 months. You will propose to me on my 23rd birthday (but organise it a little better and don’t go to buy the ring the same morning, yeah?).
In 18 months you will learn more about responsibility than you have your entire life. You’ll love Garreth with everything and will be excitedly preparing for the arrival of a baby.
During the course of the next 10 years, we will grow our family of 3 to a family of 7. We’ll make plenty of great memories that will give us a smile for years to come.
That’s not to say we’ll have an easy ride though. Our relationship has been to the brink of the end a few times but there is something greater keeping us together. Love. Knowing that the little family we have is more important than anything else.
Enfys, baby number 4, will test our relationship to the limits, It will be a hard slog to make it through, but remember, she does pull through. In fact, she turns into the most mischievous toddler and a both a fantastic big sister and amazing little sister.
The other four are pretty much average, except for Macsen’s speech delay. But me and you will disagree on plenty of parenting things. We have totally different views of the world.
Overall, it’ll be a rollercoaster of a 10 years, but make sure we appreciate each other every day!
I loved you when I first met you and I love you still.
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.