Eight years ago today, Walter and I got married in a beautiful, candle lit ceremony, just after a beautiful Highveld sunset. We’d been together for 2 years, engaged for a year. I’d just turned 30, he had, a few months previously, just turned 26. We’d just finished building our house and moving in.

The world was our oyster, there were so many opportunities and adventures to be had. When we embarked on this adventure, we had no idea what lay ahead. Within months of getting married we’d be knocked down by the first of our miscarriages. We’d also move to Mozambique and live the life of expats, with all the drama, laughter and adventure packing up and moving to a third world country, in the process of rebuilding after many decades of civil war.

I can’t believe its been 8 years. In some respects, it feels like a life time, like we’ve always been together, like this is just how its always been, how it was always intended to be. In other ways, it all feels like just yesterday! In September we will have been together for 10 years – WOW!

I love you with all my heart my love. You are my best friend, my soul mate, the person who knows just by looking at me, what I’m thinking and what I’m feeling. The person who has always been sensitive to my hurts, who’s always known my needs and who has strived to always see those needs fulfilled. The person who has put my needs before his own. The person who is a provider and a protector but also an equal partner. The father of our child, a good, loving, kind and involved father.

What more could I woman ask for? I am blessed to know you, I’m blessed to share my life with you. I’m constantly in awe of your loving nature and forgiving spirit. I am richer for knowing you.

Here’s to many more years together, full of struggles and adventures and joy and companionship.

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  • Reply aussiekim

    Such a heartfelt post~!
    Beautiful wedding photo’s
    You to go together like salt and pepper :]



    August 9, 2010 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Me

    Congrats on reaching 8 years – the time certainly does fly.

    You were obviously meant to be together, after everything you’ve been through you’re still facing the world side by side.


    August 9, 2010 at 7:52 am
  • Reply holland713

    Congratulations. What a beautiful posting.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:56 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Beautiful pictures and inspiring post.
    Congrats on you two & many loving years to come …

    August 9, 2010 at 8:13 am
  • Reply zamom

    Congrats on your anniversary, hope the next 8 years are filled with tears of joy not heartache and despair.

    August 9, 2010 at 9:13 am
  • Reply orbit365

    Beautiful post. Congrats to you and Walter on 8 years.


    August 9, 2010 at 9:23 am
  • Reply little29

    Congrats to both of you! You are a wonderful couple and here is to many more beautiful, exciting and memorable years to come…..

    August 9, 2010 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Awww, How sweet. Im coming up on 8 years too, in October. Feels like its just always been like this, he’s always been there. Almost can’t remember my life before…
    Hope your celebration of your life together is wonderful!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    Congratulations, may you have many more happy years ahead!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Happy Anniversary! Hope you guys have a happy and fulfilled year, filled with blessing, laughter and lots of love!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    many many congrats, you both look so happy and you looked awesome !!

    August 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    Happy anniversary! Lovely pics.

    August 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply mozzie01

    You looked so beautiful Shaz…congrats again!!!
    x x x x

    August 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply hcouperus

    Congrats! Marriage only gets better, just like a good wine! We’ve been married coming up 12 years!

    August 11, 2010 at 10:09 am
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