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Hellsten Anniversary: March 12

Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
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March 12 is a big date in my life.

My husband Marcus and I first "met" randomly in a chat room online (I was wasting time after finishing my work in a computer class at UT) and became casual friends. We were both in relationships when we first talked, but eventually we were both single. I had always wanted to visit Europe so I decided to take a chance and buy a plane ticket to meet him. When I told my mom about my plans, she told me not to "go over there and fall in love and move to Sweden". I guess I didn't listen very well because I did fall in love.

Until we were actually married in 2004, March 12 is the day that we celebrated our anniversary every year because it is the day that I arrived in Sweden and we were finally able to see and talk to each other in person. It's good that we actually got along since I didn't know anyone else in Sweden!

Over the last ten years, we've traveled a lot to be together (I've been out of the country over 300 days during that time), talked on the phone quite a bit, and chatted online way too many times to ever count. To this day, we still chat online almost daily, and I can't imagine my life without him. He's everything that I could ever want in a husband. I've had some rough times in the last decade, but he's been my one constant source of strength and happiness. I am so thankful for his constant love and support and just hope that he knows how much I love him and how happy I am to be with him.

Marcus, jag älska dig!

3/13/2008 9:15:26 AM
That's so sweet. August 31st is our equivalent.. the day after she turned 18! But since it's the day after her birthday we never really celebrated it as an "anniversary".. but there's a million other "first somethings" that we usually reminisce over anyway :-)
3/13/2008 1:36:41 PM
Happy Anniversary! That was a sweet story and made me a little misty. You guys are the greatest!
3/19/2008 4:35:26 PM
So sweet! Happy anniversary!
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