Anniversary

Three years ago today, on a rickety deck over a sparkling sea, I made the most important promises of my life. I married my best friend. Under a brilliant cloudless sky on the other side of the world, we began the rest of our lives.

I’ve been thinking about our anniversary all week. Three years isn’t such a long time, but we have squeezed so much living into it. We honeymooned at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Family from around the world had travelled to our favourite place on earth – and they, along with our closest friends, spent a glorious week as we did – happy, relaxed, feeling the sand beneath our toes and the fresh air in our lungs and ready to start something new.

We returned as newly-weds to the home we had recently bought. The 100-year-old villa in a trendy sun-drenched corner of Wellington was Tony’s project, our doer-upper. Our honeymoon baby was born at the end of that year, his bedroom not yet painted. His first year was spent blissfully and I loved being a mummy.

Just after Milin turned one, everything changed. We turned the key in the lock for the last time. In the darkness before dawn, the three of us and my little bump piled our lives into a taxi and went to the airport carrying one-way tickets to London.

For nearly eight years, New Zealand had been our home. We left friends, family, jobs, security – we left behind our lives as we knew them and said goodbye to what should have been our forever home. I left the newspaper where I had returned to work part time as acting head of news. It was a job I loved. I still miss the buzz of nailing a front page lead, of presenting a brilliant newslist, of seeing the paper in the morning and knowing the many miracles that happened to get it out on time.

Our lives are still in some in between place here in London. We have been married three years. Our children are two and eight months. We still don’t know where we will settle down. Our lives are still full of questions. We no longer have our own home and I am yet to find a job I love again. But it’s all part of the journey we began under that big blue sky in Nelson.

In three years we have fitted in what could have taken a lifetime. Doing up a house and selling it. Having two children. Completing post graduate study and hanging careers (Tony, not me). Moving across the world.

I have no idea what the next three years will bring. Our babies will grow up, I will hopefully find another job I love, we will hopefully figure out a bit more about what we want. I’d like life to slow down a little too, just so I can keep up with it all.

It’s our anniversary today. Over a rare lunch out together, we will clink glasses. I will nervously check my phone for updates about the children. We’ll celebrate getting here, and we’ll look to a future hopefully filled with more adventures and more joy.

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*Anniversary is my word of the week on April 18, 2014.

 

The Reading Residence

33 Comments on Anniversary

  1. Winding road
    April 18, 2014 at 2:51 am (3 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! What a stunning photo. You will fulfill all of those things! You are in a very demanding time of life with such young children. But it sounds like you embrace each moment, that is a blessing. xo

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you. I really do try to embrace each moment. It can be hard with the little ones though – the time flies – as you know! x

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Clink clink! thank you x

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  2. hurrahforgin
    April 18, 2014 at 6:55 am (3 years ago)

    What a stunning photo Kiran! Happy anniversary 🙂 I hope your 4th year brings you even more happiness together x

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you lovely, I hope so too x

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  3. mummytries
    April 18, 2014 at 7:21 am (3 years ago)

    Happy anniversary hon. You sure did pack a lot of living into those 36 months! The next three years will probably be a little more chilled I imagine xx

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Gosh I hope so, I don’t think I can keep this rate up! x

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  4. thenthefunbegan
    April 18, 2014 at 9:09 am (3 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! Nice to get to know a bit more about you Kiran. I didn’t realise you’d work in News. Must have been a wrench to leave all that behind but I think you came back to be near your family didn’t you? That must be very important and I’m sure things will settle and you will find a lovely home of your own and a job you love again once the babes are a little more grown. X #wotw

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, and yes, I know we will one day! I loved loved loved news and – as you can tell – miss it dearly. I don’t see myself every going back to it now though. The hours were incredibly long, and priorities have changed…! x

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  5. Kizzy Bass
    April 18, 2014 at 9:19 am (3 years ago)

    Happy anniversary and such a beautiful post too.

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s one of my favourites from the best day ever x

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  6. DannyUK (@DannyUK)
    April 18, 2014 at 10:37 am (3 years ago)

    This is a lovely blog post, and a beautiful picture too. Here’s to many more happy anniversaries! #PoCoLo

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Danny, that’s what we toasted today!

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  7. thereadingresidence
    April 18, 2014 at 11:42 am (3 years ago)

    Happy anniversary! Gorgeous photo and lovely post. You have crammed so much in, which goes to show you how different your life could look again in just 3 years time. Enjoy your lunch out together x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you – it was a marvellous lunch! x

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  8. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    April 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary Kiran x You really have managed to do so much in three years, here’s to the next three: may they be just as excited and filled with special moments, but perhaps a little quieter? #WotW

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha, I hope they are quieter – I’m exhausted! x

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  9. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)
    April 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww Happy Anniversary, and wow you have done in a lot in 3 years! so many life changes! Hopefully the nest 3 years will be a bit more chilled and I hope you can find another job that you love xx #wotw

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Caroline, I Hope so too… One day ! x

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  10. Kim Carberry
    April 18, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Beautiful photo! Happy Anniversary! x

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  11. we3three
    April 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    i love your wedding picture and Happy Anniversary! #WotW

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    • Mummy Says
      April 18, 2014 at 8:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you – it’s my favourite picture! x

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  12. tiptoebay
    April 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Super Busy Mum {Debs}
    April 19, 2014 at 7:11 am (3 years ago)

    Major awwww’s for you guys! What a beautiful post!! Happy Anniversary guys and that photo is just gorgeous! #WotW

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  14. Jude
    April 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Awww, happy anniversary on 3 years together. You’ve certainly filled them with many memories! What a gorgeous photo. Cheers to you guys. #WoftW

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  15. MummyBear'sBlog
    April 19, 2014 at 11:20 pm (3 years ago)

    And what a beautiful post, beautiful photo and beautiful words for a positively beautiful time! #Wotw

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  16. lisaslife1970
    April 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy anniversary; that’s a gorgeous photo 🙂 #wotw

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