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A Walk to Remember – On Our 10th Anniversary

Our Wedding September 9, 2006

Our wedding 9 years ago

The walk about which I am writing doesn’t concern the film of that name, though both are love stories. The walk I’m speaking of is about the trip down an isle of a church that my wife and I took ten years ago today. And really I’m writing not just of that walk, but of a journey… about the independent paths we traveled alone to get to that wedding day, and the walk we’ve taken hand in hand ever since.

My wife as a baby with her mother

My wife with her mother

We both lived in New York at various times in our lives, but never met. I also lived in Vienna and Amsterdam, and for a time my wife lived near Dublin, which is where she was when we first met and became friends. As the song goes, it was a long and winding road that brought her to my door. It’s frightening to consider how very small the odds really were that these two babies pictured here ever met at all, but meet they did.

Me and my mother as a baby

Me and my mother

The friendship that began twelve years ago with an ocean between us (she was in Ireland and I was in Texas) eventually grew into a love… with just a country between us (she in New York and I in Dallas). 10 years ago she agreed to marry me and move to Texas making me the luckiest guy in the world. And then something happened that made me even luckier still.

Our baby newly born

Our newly born baby

Our baby girl was born eight years ago. And so the cycle starts again, with a new baby picture and a walk down another unique path for my daughter… until one day she’s united in love and life with someone… someone who right now is simply a baby picture in another family’s album someplace in the world. Did you hear it… the orchestra just started playing “The Circle of Life” in the background. I better go now.  [sniff]

–A grateful husband and daddy (in Texas of all places)









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  1. Shannon

    Awww- I am so glad the winding road brought me to you sweets. You are my best friend. I love you so much and am so grateful you are in my life.

    I can only hope that someday our lil pumpkin will find her perfect someone and love them as much as I love you:)

    Happy Anniversary:)

    1. Michael Schmid

      I’m glad once that long and winding road brought you to Texas in the summer heat you didn’t turn tail and head back to New York or Ireland. LOL. You’re the love of my life and I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have two such lovely girls at home. Enjoy your day until I can get home from work and we can celebrate more properly. 🙂

  2. Mitzi

    Awe….sniff, sniff….you guys are indeed the perfect couple and I am so very happy that the winding road placed you in each others arms! Happy Anniversary with love and hugs…M & D

    PS. your little pumpkin will surely find such happiness as well because she has amazing parents as role models!

    1. Michael Schmid

      While there is no such thing as a perfect anything in life, my wife is as close to perfect as wife could be. And what is most important, is she makes me want to be the best man, husband and father I can be. One cannot hope for more than that sort of inspiration in a spouse. As for our wee pumpkin, I do hope we provide good role models for her. If she ever claims to be looking for a “man like daddy” I will be the proudest father in the land… and then I’ll tell her to aim higher. 😉

  3. Ann gorman

    Congrats on your anniversary! And what a sweet blog entry. . . All the best for the future! Ann

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thank you, Ann. You’ve been my friend since Shannon’s days in Ireland, though we didn’t know my future wife was just a county or two away at the time. Have a great day!

  4. Danielle

    I have no idea but for some reason while I’m reading that I was humming ‘do you hear the people sing? Singing a song that never ends’… thats the only lines but its on repeat….. in my head:)

    I love hearing the details of a love story.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Aw, thanks Danielle. Ours is a wonderful love story to be sure. Though I don’t think I’d apply those lyrics to it. They are from Les Mis:

      Do you hear the people sing?
      Singing a song of angry men?

      I’m pretty sure they were singing this shortly before they were slaughtered. Not really the message I think you meant to send. 😉

  5. Nikki

    Awwwwww!!! Congratulations guys!!! I’m so glad that my wonderful friend found her soulmate!!! 🙂

    1. Michael Schmid

      Back at you, Nikki! Martin and I are two lucky guys.

  6. Laura

    Happy Anniversary to a perfectly matched couple! You two are certainly soulmates and I’m so happy you found each other. Sending lots of love from PA! xoxo

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks so much, Laura. I remember your trip to Ireland to visit Shannon way in 2004. Who’d have thought back then that we’d both be married to two such wonderful people now. We are all very lucky. Sending love back at ya!

  7. Esther Irish

    What a beautiful love story! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks so much, Esther. I laughed so hard at your “Sweet Nothings” blog recently. I’ll def have to try to stick to your hubby’s earlier sweet nothings.

  8. Lalas Pequenos

    What a beautiful family you guys created! Makes me all swoony inside 🙂

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thank you so much! They make me swoony on a daily basis. Love you blog. As I commented on the post about the steel frame and hand woven furniture our baby girl would love it… some look kinda Dr. Suess-like. Have a lovely weekend!

  9. MusingMom6

    This is a sweet post. I can say I Remember When…

    20 years of wedded bliss and 6 children later :o)

    1. Michael Schmid

      You’ve no doubt created some wonderful memories with your husband and six children. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m following you on GFC and Twitter. Thanks for hosting those linkys… that’s cool. I’m a newbie.

  10. Cristina

    I’ll have to tell my husband about your blog! He has a daddy blog too and often gets discouraged because there aren’t many male bloggers out there. Sweet post with your wife…we’re in Texas too.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Please do. What is your husband’s blog? Love yours. Great tips in that packing for the hospital post, and wonderful photos! So happy you dropped by, Cristina.

  11. Kerry McCullough

    Congratulations! Following you from the blog frog community. Mine is Stop by any time 🙂

    1. Michael Schmid

      Hello Kerry,

      Love your Halloween costume blog. Halloweens are so much fun with our wee girl (now just turned two). The first year she was only a few months old, but it didn’t stop us from dressing her up. LOL. Love the photos in your blog. Too cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw. I’m following you on Networked Blogs and Google FC. Have a wonderful weekend!

      –Michael (aka: Daddy)

  12. Daniel Costello

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Your shared story is inspiring and makes me smile whenever I think about it. Knowing that two people can be together and be so happy gives me hope for my own future. Thanks for that…

    To “Daddy”: I hope we get a chance to meet in person someday. It would indeed be a pleasure.


    1. Michael Schmid

      Thank you so much, Dan. As you know, I’m one seriously lucky guy, and I don’t ever take that for granted. Thanks so much for stopping by my humble little home on the web. I’m following your green education blog. Don’t you have another (or more?) site. Yes, we def need to meet in person the next time I’m in the City. I have this (possibly manufactured) memory of cabbing near your work place and seeing you smoking a cigarette outside. I’m so glad you quit. Anyway, I didn’t really register it at the time, just that the person looked familiar, and then later when Shannon told me where you worked I realized it might have been. Anyway, a more extended Daniel sighting is definitely in order.

  13. JDaniel4's Mom

    Stopping from Mom Loop. I loved reading your courtship story. We have already starting praying for the wife our son will marry some day.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thank so much for stopping by. That’s sweet you are already praying for your son’s wife. 🙂 I just checked and found I was already following you on Mom Loop, Facebook and Twitter. I sound like a stalker. Can you tell I’m a fan? Have a great weekend.

  14. MaryAnne

    Thanx for stopping by! I love your blog!

    1. Michael Schmid

      You are very welcome… and thank you! Have a rockin’ weekend!

  15. Denise

    Aw, what a wonderful story. Happy Anniversary. I love the pictures you included too – they really do make me start hearing the Circle of Life song. lol.

    Thanks for stopping by the Monthly Milestone meme and for sharing your milestone! I’ll be following you and hope you stop by again.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks so much, Denise. I’m a lucky guy. I left you another reply on Mom Loop. Yep, I’ll be waiting impatiently for your next blog, so you best get cracking. I’m following you on Twitter, too, btw. Have a great day!

  16. Lori

    I found your blog from BF Mom Loop. What a beautiful story of your journey to find each other and the beginning of yet another journey as a family.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Hello, Lori.

      Thanks so much for dropping by. Some of my wife Shannon’s (great name choice for your second son, btw) family were from Long Island, and in fact some have since moved to Buffalo. They didn’t follow you to FL or CO, however… more’s the pity. Hope you had a great day. Love you blog. I’m in higher education, so want to come back (it’s semester start) when things are more calm and read more of your posts. Have a night!


  17. Nicole

    Happy belated anniversary!! What a great post about two soulmates! So glad you found her and convinced her to move to Texas! (of all places) =)

    1. Michael Schmid

      I’m certainly a very lucky guy for so many reasons… not the least of which are the two lovely ladies with whom I have the honor to live. Thank you, Nicole.

  18. Rachel

    Congratulations to a beautiful couple! I wish you many, many more years and gray hairs together!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks so much, Rachel. I’m one lucky guy! As for the gray hairs, well, the sprinkling I’ve already got coming in are actually white. I call them my platinum highlights. 😉

  19. Mary Kathryn Johnson

    What a sweetie pie, Michael! Happy Anniversary to you both!

    No matter how rocky, muddy, sunny, stormy, happy, dark or scary the road becomes, hold on to each other every minute of every day. No one knows you both as deeply and completely as you know each other, because no one has spent the same time, energy, love and effort as you two have together.

    Lots of Love to you both, and here’s to the next 50 years!

    1. Michael Schmid

      No matter how rocky, muddy, sunny, stormy, happy, dark or scary the road becomes, hold on to each other every minute of every day. No one knows you both as deeply and completely as you know each other, because no one has spent the same time, energy, love and effort as you two have together.

      What a sweet comment. Thank you for the sage advice. I love it.

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