Monday, February 20, 2012


Nineteen years ago today I became Mrs. Erickson.  Today, I am amazed at how differently our lives have turned out.  Back in 1993, not only did I have big shoulder pads, I had my own plans.  Plans for "my" life, not necessarily "our" life.  I spent every dollar I earned on some sort of flying lesson.  After college I got my private pilots license.  Working in the aerospace industry pushed me further into loving all things aviation related.  I soon got my instrument rating and started working on my commercial rating with hopes of flying banner planes along the LA coast.  My big dream was to fly commercial jets, with really no concern to what my new husband thought.  Well, God had a different idea.  In 1995, I moved back home to work with my ailing dad and help him run his company; Eric followed shortly thereafter.  A couple years later Eric and I were blessed with Paul and a brand new house.  In the same year, my dad died leaving my mom and I to run the company "solo".  A few years later, we were blessed with Emilie and then of course, "Frosting" came along.  All the while I was a "stay at home, jean wearing, self employed, sometimes barefoot and pregnant mom and wife" with a great life, but so very different than "my" plans.  In reality, my plans would have taken me on many wild adventures, but most likely I would have ended up a divorced adrenaline junky living in Marriot Hotels across the country.  So, here I am today, sitting in a hospital room, celebrating our 19th anniversary with Eric via text messages and watching Emilie's vital signs while she sleeps.  I'm certainly not thankful for a sick child, but I am thankful that God redirected my path.  I'm thankful that I have 3 wonderful kids and that I have a husband who has stuck around for better, for worse, for rich, for poorer, in sickness or in health.
Happy Anniversary Eric!!


Auntie Vicki said...

Happy 19, Loving you both every step of the way. What a fun and beautiful rainy day 19 years ago. Dancing and laughing and singing "save the best for last" That song still makes me think of you two every time I hear it. All of us standing in a circle around you singing and moving to that song. Thinking of you today, as all days.

Rebecca said...

Happy anniversary to both of you and Happy Birthday to you today Patti!!! We love you all so much and are praying for you EVERY DAY! Love, The Finneys

Linda said...

Albeit belated....happy anniversary to you and Eric. That was a fabulous day and we had a blast. We all have such different memories of your wedding day and they are all good.
Love you,