So. . . yeah. DH and I are planning a Memories Vow Renewal during our trip to WDW to run the Princess 1/2 marathon! Backstory: Jason and I met in late 1999 while I was in high school. Our first dates were not very romantic seeing as we were so young, so there is no great "swept me off my feet" type of moment. We just clicked. Being young and having way too much of the "It won't happen to me." attitude, I got pregnant in 2000 at 16. I had my son just after my 17th birthday and moved in with Jason and finished high school on time. The next few years were tumultuous as is expected for the two of us trying to make it work as a family and a couple. We got engaged on my 18th birthday (again, he won no prizes for the most romantic engagement, cest la vie) Finally, in 2004 after our son's open heart surgery, I agreed to a wedding date on June 18, 2005. We had been through so much and I was ready to make the commitment. I wanted THE wedding- everyone celebrating with us, flowers, cakes, big dresses the whole thing and I got it on the stringiest of shoestring budgets. We had looked into a Disney wedding, but it was laughable at the time, there was no way we could have done that! My son (4 then) walked me down the aisle and it was as perfect as any wedding day could be. A few pics: In July of 2006, baby #2 came My oldest started Kindergarten and life was pretty good for the next few years. We went on our belated honeymoon in 2007 to St.Lucia which was RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING. Seriously, if you are looking for honeymoon spots and love quiet secluded places where you get to mingle with locals- St.Lucia baby: View From our private plunge pool: OK, so fast forward to 2009. I've successfully converted Jason into a Disney lover, he's converted me into a Star Wars lover, we are renting a house on a dream farm. We've got the two horses, two dogs, two kids and one on the way. Life is busy. Jason has a new job that requires lots of travel. It wasn't supposed to, but it does. Now I'm at home taking care of "the farm" while he's gone 75% of the time. Resentment brews, troubles start, blame keeps getting put on pregnancy hormones and shoved away. In October of 2009, our daughter is born!!! We're so excited we can't even see straight. Our princess is here and now we get to experience this side of parenting. Our family feels complete. But the travel goes on. In December 2009, our marriage comes to a breaking point. Marriage ending secrets are discovered and the world as I knew it stopped turning. In February 2010, the fog lifts and we start trying to reassemble ourselves, our family and our marriage. I took my vows very seriously and was committed to doing what I could to save our marriage before throwing in the towel. After a year of weekly individual and couples counseling, the deep wounds are now scars. Scars that still hurt on occasion, but scars that speak more to our healing than our pain. We are doing more and connecting more as a couple. One of those things being running. We've started training for the Princess Half Marathon and it will be our first adults only trip to Disney. We have decided to take this time to recommit ourselves to our new life and new marriage. It will be just Jason and I and we're both ok with that and are looking forward to spending some alone time reconnecting in the happiest place on earth. I know this is ridiculously long winded and most assuredly not the typical "OMG! I have Prince Charming and we are going to get married and live happily ever after for the rest of our lives in fantasyland" type of PJ, but it's about as real life as it gets. *disclaimer, I have NOTHING against the aforementioned types of PJ's, they are great and I love sharing the excitement vicariously with the peeps on this board So, more to come, dresses, rings, flowers, all that good stuff.