Today is my 10th wedding anniversary. I know, it’s hard to believe but it’s true. Honestly it’s been the best 10 years of my life and I hope that there are many more to come. As I write this I’m not exactly sure how we’re planning on celebrating but I can tell you that it will be great and it will be paid for. It is Friday so it will probably involve Pizza because Friday Night Pizza is a well bred habit for my Hubby going back to his childhood years and breaking that tradition is not usually well received.
About three years ago while out celebrating our anniversary we decided that we wanted to mark out 1oth anniversary with a trip to Europe. We started saving for it right away, not a lot but a little bit each month. The balance in the savings account wasn’t adding up very quickly but it was slowly growing every month.
Roughly a year and a half ago we came across Dave Ramsey. I wrote about our Debt Free experience here. In the process of emptying out all of our bank accounts except for $1000, the account that held our savings for Europe was emptied and we said good bye to our 10th anniversary European vacation. So yes, you could say (and I have) that Dave Ramsey stole my European vacation.
Now you ask was it worth it? 100% YES. I would do it again in a heartbeat and here’s why: Becoming debt free has opened up opportunities for our family that I never would have believed possible. Not only has my hubby tripled his income this year but we are on the same page financially which has greatly improved our marriage and reduced stress in our lives. I have been able to leave my full time job and focus on our family, as well as pursue other opportunities. Our future is looking brighter than it ever has and none of that would have been possible without someone pointing us in the right direction financially.
Will I make a trip to Europe someday? I hope so. We may be shooting for our 20th anniversary, but the timing could be better then anyway. Instead of being in the middle of life with a young family we’ll be getting into the early teen years and hopefully a little bit more able to relax knowing that E isn’t melting down on Grammy by day two. (Last summer I left her with my Hubby for 5 days and she cried 24hours a day from day 2 on.) The Holiday will be 100% paid for up front and all our expenses during our travels will also be paid for in cash, so we’ll be able to travel in style without worrying about the financial hangover that comes after for so many couples. Personally I can’t wait, and a 10 year delay seems like a good trade from where I’m sitting.
So here’s to another 10 years with the man I love and hopefully many more after that. We’ll get to Europe one day, and I know that there will be many amazing adventures between now and then! The journey’s been great so far and it’s only going to get better.